Title: All the Truth That’s In Me
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: August 31, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 247 pages
Opening Sentence: “We came here by ship, you and I.”
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Four 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.
I’m going to be completely honest. When I first heard of All the Truth That’s In Me I wasn’t too impressed and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read the book at all, let alone come back and share what I thought of it. I also didn’t have a very good idea of what the book was about… and for some reason I thought the characters were Amish. (They aren’t. I don’t even know.)
For the most part All the Truth That’s In Me was unlike anything I was expecting from it. I was sort of put off by the mystery aspect that was seemingly pushed in the publicizing of the book—but it’s totally not one of those mass-market thriller mysteries that have 15 corny sequels with even cornier names. Is it a mystery? Yeah, kind of. Does it have way more going on? Definitely WAY more going on.
The biggest thing that struck me about this book was the characters… in a bittersweet way. I really liked a lot of the characters, but I also hated a lot of them. I feel like for every one character I liked there were at last two I despised. This is at no fault of the author’s, in fact it was done very much on purpose and it made me like the entire book more… but man. I forget that people used to be way more crazy and close-minded back in the day. Not to say they aren’t that way now, but on the average day I don’t see a lot of people at this level of bigotry. It’s terrifying to think life used to be this way—and it was normal. This book really threw me back and reminded me what humans are capable of. *shivers*
The story itself was rather interesting. Told in very short “chapters” that mirror something of a diary or even just the main character’s thoughts, the story is highly personal. Unfortunately it didn’t really affect me as much as I feel it should have and at the beginning I found myself getting somewhat bored. Still, I enjoyed reading Judith’s story and sympathized with her from beginning to end. I definitely liked reading from Judith’s point of view. She was headstrong and determined but also extremely vulnerable. It was nice getting to read about someone so well rounded.
Sure, the beginning was a little rocky, but overall the story was of quality and the writing was graceful and entertaining. For the most part I appreciated All the Truth That’s In Me and will probably find myself recommending it on more than one occasion.