Title: All the Truth That’s in Me
Author: Julie Berry
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that I have a love/hate relationship with this cover. I initially hated it. After completing the book, I find it’s extremely, extremely representative of the story. Well, except I think the model is too pretty. Judith calls herself plain, and there really are no indications that she’s mistaken, so perhaps a more plain model would have been better. And the makeup? That made me think this book takes place in a more current setting. It does not. It takes place in a time of horses and mules and carts and small towns ruled by aldermen and the church. But, I digress … Again, I love and hate this cover. It’s a very, very accurate representative of the story. But, I cannot look at it long without shuddering!
Cover aside, this book is fantastic. It’s original, heartbreaking, intriguing, captivating, and even hopeful and triumphant. Poor Judith has been to hell and back – and the one person she probably needs most completely rejects her: her mother. Let me tell you, I wanted to just smack her mother around through most of the book! While Judith hides her feelings well, it’s clear she’s been deeply hurt by her mother. And others she once believed to be her friends and loved ones. Poor thing has lost pretty much everything.
There are a lot of surprises, twists and turns. And even gasp-worthy revelations. Oh, yes – loud gasp from me! (I think my hubby thought I’d lost it. LOL) I did not see it coming – not until it was completely out in the open! I actually had drawn an incorrect conclusion – which is pretty awesome, I must admit! LOL How nice to be surprised like that!
While it might seem like it, this book really isn’t that hard of a read. Yes, much of the subject is a bit tough – Judith’s disappearance – but there are no down-and-dirty details. Things are inferred but rarely straight-out stated. I liked that. While I felt for poor Judith – and even Lucas at times – the book never made me grimace or anything. It’s not overly detailed about what all happens. In fact, most tough things are hinted at, not outright told. The hints are strong enough that what’s being told is quite clear.
I would highly, highly recommend All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. I might even read it again. Perhaps on a second read I might be able to find hints and clues that I’d missed the first time around. There’s really only one way to find out for sure …
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: All the Truth That’s in Me is scheduled for release around September 26, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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