The “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom at Healy High School is filled with nasty postings about Alice. “Alice got an abortion last semester” and “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” among them. More stories about Alice are spread through the school: “Alice had sex with two boys at one party.” When the school’s star quarterback dies in a car crash, word gets out that it was because he was sexting with Alice at the time. That’s when the rumors about Alice really get out of control.
Jennifer Mathieu, a former writer and now debut novelist, follows those rumors and the people who spread them in The Truth About Alice, a book for young adults that’s set to be released this summer. A raw look at teen life, is told from alternating points of view as four students tell everything they know about Alice. But as they talk, the teens reveal their own motives to slant the story and disclose their own secrets; readers discover the truth about Alice might not be true at all.
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