All the Truth That’s in Me – Julie Berry

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17297487Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.   Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.   But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.   This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

 

All the Truth That’s in Me was a very sad read for me, because I had been waiting for this book for months! If I had to choose the best cover of the year, this would definitely be a top contender. I wanted it. I wanted to love it. I wanted to devour it. Unfortunately, I didn’t even finish it. I DNF’d it at around 30 pages.

This book is unique in the fact that you’re either going to love it or hate it. It’s broken into sections that are labeled with roman numerals, and there are like a million of those sections. Usually they’re separated by paragraphs, but some sections last up to a couple pages. Those sections also jump back and forth between the past and the present. It’s very confusing. Some really are going to love this style. I couldn’t handle reading it.

Another major issue for me in this book is that I NEVER knew who she was talking to! She’s talking to someone throughout this entire book…not with words but just the narration. Who was it? It probably came out at the end of the book, but I didn’t like that! I like mystery, yes, but I don’t like confusing mystery. I don’t want to be confused for like half of the book.

There was a huge disturbing quality to All the Truth That’s in Me. Random girls are getting attacked and having their tongue’s chopped off. That’s a little bit too gross for me. The main character’s tongue was chopped off, so there’s not a lot of talking…at least not in the section I read, and there wasn’t much of it in the sections that I skimmed. I can’t read books that don’t have a lot of talking. I HATE reading a bunch of paragraphs without spoken interactions.

Other than that, I didn’t read enough of the book to give more insight. I couldn’t handle the writing style, but I know that others are going to adore it. It really just depends on what you prefer. This book is out in stores now!

 

If you read this, you should read:

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

 

Pages: 288

Publication Date: September 26th, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Source: ARC provided by Publisher

Rating: N/A due to DNF

 

Teaser Quote: “His eyes awaken. He licks his lips. “Promise?”

When I don’t respond, he drags a lazy fingertip over the know of his knife handle. “Doesn’t go well for folks that break a promise to Ezra Whiting.”

“I think of your mother, and wonder, with drad, whether she reached her lovers’ paradise.”

“Or for their families.”

Mother.

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