All the Truth That's In Me

All the Truth That's In Me

Product Description

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title. A 2014 Edgar Award nominee for YA. A Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten Pick -- #5, Best Books of Winter '13-'14. A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book for 2013. A Horn Book Fanfare 2013 title. A Junior Library Guild Selection. A 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick.  
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.

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Really Good!, July 9, 2014
I did not know that this book was historical fiction when I picked it out to read. The synopsis and the cover really drew me in and neither really conveys that it is YA historical fiction. However, I think that the deception played in my favor because I loved this book. I don’t know if I would have picked it up if I knew it was historical fiction because I have not read that genera since I was in middle school and have not been interested in it since. I was just expecting a book with a good mystery, but this book had so much more.

I have never read a book written in the second person before and I absolutely loved it. It was so unique and refreshing, but at times hard to get used to. With it written in first person, I had to re-read some parts at first because it was hard to remember who she was talking to, but then it flowed seamlessly. I do not know of any other books written like this, but I am sure they exist, and I really want to read more books written in this format. I love that it was written to Lucas in letter or diary form (not exactly sure). I felt like it made the story so much more personal and I felt connected with the main character, Judith, because of it. I also liked that the book switched from past to present, so that readers are only give glimpses into the big mystery surrounding Judith’s disappearance.

I absolutely loved Judith as the main character. She is a very strong character, and although the reader may feel sadness for her situation, I never felt like she ever pitied herself. Judith was very likeable and although she was disfigured, she always stayed strong and true to herself. Her character developed so much throughout the book, which I really enjoyed. I also really liked Lucas as Judith’s love interest. I liked that he was strong, but was still vulnerable and caring. I also liked that he was flawed and was able to grow as a character throughout the book. I do wish that there was more background given about Judith’s friend, Lottie, who had also disappeared. I did not feel anything towards her character because there were only a few parts with her in the book. Not all the characters were worth rooting for, in fact, a lot were not, but they all played an important role in developing the plot and Judith’s character development.

I really liked the setting of this book, which is sometime in the past, but it is not exactly stated. Readers can somewhat guess the time period from the houses they live in, the clothes they wear, their daily chores, and the prejudice’s of the towns people. I thought that the beginning and the end of the book were very fast paced and I could not stop reading, however, the middle was slow at times, but I felt like that only deepened the character development. I also really enjoyed the mystery, but did find some things predictable. The ending was not a big shock, but surprisingly, by the end of the book it was not the mystery driving me forward, but the romance between Judith and Lucas.

I really didn’t know how I was going to feel about the romance in this book, but I absolutely loved it. I loved that the romance was not instant and that it built slowly over time. The love was untraditional and unique, which I really liked. At first I was not sure if I liked Lucas because the reader only learns about him through Judith, but once Lucas started interacting more with Judith, I began to see that he did care for her. Although I was really invested in the mystery of the story, I felt like the romance is what made me want to read this book night and day. Lucas and Judith are defiantly a couple that I will not soon forget.

Overall, I really liked this book. I do think that individuals who do not like historical fiction may find this book a little slow at times, but I would urge everyone to give this book a shot. I have read some historical fiction and this one is by far one of the best. I think that it has enough mystery and suspense for any reader to enjoy.

Wow, July 1, 2014
I hadn't realised the story would be told using old English. I almost stopped reading it because that is not my forte. I was very confused when I first began reading and it was difficult for my brain to get accustomed to the language used. I forged on and low and behold I am hooked. I finally became accustomed to the language and the story...the story was AMAZING!! I read this in a day. This has been so different than I have ever read in my life! The twists, the turns, the hardships, the love story, wore again!! Even if you don't like stories with this type of old English style, try it, it WILL SURPRISE YOU!

compelling, June 26, 2014
I read the first 115 pages in an hour, so it wasn’t a slow start for me, like it was for my daughter. She read it first; her comment was, “Watch out for monkey wrenches in the plot!” It’s set in puritanical times, but the first person format means it’s not really necessary to have a lot of background knowledge. With the abundance of dystopian novels right now, I think the historical aspect could almost slide by unnoticed. I wasn’t sure if it was set in America or Australia, myself. The cover is deceiving, one of my co-workers thought it was about a serial killer.

Judith’s narration allowed me to empathize rather than pity her. But I worried for her, none the less, people make assumptions based on their own inclinations, and that has a habit of turning out bad. Lucas, I could understand very well. He says on page 201, “It’s a cruel world…. Why did it have to happen? and to you?.... I let it get in the way.”

Great, June 25, 2014
There were a few scratches here and there but overall it was great quality and practically new. And it came just in time for a book signing I ordered it for :)

All The Truth That's In Me, June 15, 2014
I was really excited to read All the Truth that’s In Me. I’d read a lot of amazing reviews from trusted bloggers and the cover was PHENOMENAL. Obviously that doesn’t play a part in it being fantastic, but it added another quality that made me need to own this one immediately!

One thing that surprised me the most as soon as I started reading it was that there was no set timeframe. I have no idea when this book took place, just that it was a long, long time ago and it’s definitely historical fiction. It was shocking to me because for some reason, I thought it was a contemporary. Another thing that stood out to me was the writing style. It’s written in the form of letters, by Judith, to the boy she loves, Lucas. I did not like the writing style. I didn’t find it appealing what so ever and for me, it made the story disjointed and hard to read. Now, while I did not like the writing style, I can see why others did. It’s unique and played a huge part in the story.

The hardest part I had about All the Truth That’s In Me was the terrible way that everyone treated Judith. They treated her terribly, like she was sub-human because she couldn’t speak. Her mother was horrific, and I couldn’t believe, or stomach that she wouldn’t allow Judith to express herself out of embarrassment. The entire situation just didn’t sit well with me. The shining star for the story, in my opinion, was Judith and Maria’s friendship. It was the only element I liked out of the entire book.

I just think I had a hard time with this book because I was expecting so much. I was not wowed, I found the story strange and it definitely didn’t surprise me. I knew what was coming before it happened, and the ending didn’t take me by surprise.

This book was not for me… at all.

A very touching story, June 7, 2014
Even though this is a young adult book, I think anyone can read it and learn from it. It's a story about gaining your self worth back after a tragedy. It will stay with me a long time

Good Book, June 7, 2014
This was not what I expected, but good read. Enjoyed the story. Great book for all readers teens and adults.

You might not know everything, June 4, 2014
When I bought this book I thought it was going to be based in modern times bit it turned out it was not. The more I read the more I wanted to know. It is a wonderful book. When you think you might know something it throws something else.

Couldn't Even Finish It, June 2, 2014
I have a rule that I have to finish any book I start and only very rarely do I put a book down and never pick it up again but All the Truth That's In Me is one of those books. I didn't think that it was going to be set in the past and when I say past I don't mean like 10 or 20 years ago, I mean like 75+ years pre-running water past. It was so confusing to follow along with what was happening and I was hoping for a suspenseful, possibly scary story and instead was left with a dud.

Perfect, May 29, 2014
This book was wonderful, I loved it from start to finish. I had to read it for a college class but I was fortunate enough that my professor is actually really good friends with Julie Berry and she kindly skyped with us.
The book itself is very good, Berry does a wonderful job putting the reader in the narrators point of view and getting the reader to understand where the narrator is coming from.