For those of you who don’t know, Netgalley is a source of review books for bloggers and librarians. The problem that I have is that my eyes are always bigger than my… library? No, that’s not the right saying. Anyway, I always have the intention of reading all these amazing books, but I never seem to have the time. Or maybe I just get distracted by shiny things. *shrug* So, this year, I’ve set myself a quest to try and get through some of these books that I’ve requested over the years. It’s time to play catch-up!
Feel free to check out my Netgalley TBR –>HERE<– and let me know in the comments which one I should read next!
Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.
Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.
But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.
This book doesn’t need to be complicated, but it can be if you want it to be. There are multiple POVs throughout the book, ranging from the popular girl, the star football player, the smart kid, the ex-best friend, and then of course, Alice. Alice only gets one chapter out of the whole book, even though the whole story essentially revolves around her. In case you hadn’t noticed her name in the title.
This book is about bullying and how easily it can get out of hand, even if that’s not the intention. Each of the kids in this book is hurting in some way, being overwhelmed by the circumstances of their own lives. It’s astounding (and far too true) how simple it is to change someone’s life in monumental ways, but how impossible it may seem to repair the damage once it’s done.
Each character has a very distinctive voice, and the story is written in a completely believable way. It’s so relatable, so I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find that the author actually teaches middle-grade and high school English. I, myself, would have no problem recommending this book to teens. In fact, I would encourage it.
Important life lessons this book highlighted for me:
-Honesty really is the best policy. It’s a cliché for a reason.
-It’s important to remember that we all have our own baggage. We shouldn’t assume that anyone is perfect and likewise shouldn’t expect it from ourselves.
-None of us are entirely innocent, which just makes forgiveness all that much more important.
-There is always a silver lining, even if you have to look really, reallyhard for it. The search will be worth it.
-Please never forget that high school does end. I know it can feel like it’s the most important time of your life, and if you’re being bullied, it can certainly feel like those years will follow you forever, but it’s simply not true. Graduation is just the beginning of the rest of your life. Don’t be ashamed if you need to put your high school experience behind you, never to be thought of again.