Title: All the Truth That's in Me
Author: Julie Berry
Pub Date: 09/26/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book intrigued me because it is written in second person - it is all addressed to a different character in the book. This was really interesting to read. Also, I thought the plot was very original and the character's development was realistic and, at times, heartbreaking to watch. I loved it that she slowly came to realize the power she could have, even though she'd been treated as an outcast for years.
Memorable or Forgettable: All of the elements of this book came together to make it very memorable. The setting, the townspeople, Judith's obsession with Lucas, the identity of her kidnapper, and the way the facts are slowly revealed. But most of all, Judith was an exceptionally memorable character. She seemed weak at the beginning, but as time went on you realized how very strong she was. And it is a beautiful thing when she realizes how to use her voice. This is a book about empowerment, and I think that is something rather lacking in teen fiction, especially about girls learning to empower themselves. Judith is able to overcome all of these labels and stereotypes put on her by the townspeople, and in the end she shows them how much power a young girl can have. The end was also perfect and very satisfying.
Cover: I'm not crazy about the cover. I think it looks pretty generic, the only thing that really sets it apart is the slash across the girl's mouth. I would have loved to see something in the woods, because that is where most of the book takes place.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Judith can't speak. Her mother won't let her. Ever since she returned to her small town with half a tongue and the truth about her friend's mysterious death, she's been treated like a cursed outcast. But when events in her town start to spin out of control, she realizes that she must find her own voice to speak the truth.
tags: historical thriller / self-empowerment / ya lit