All the Truth That’s in Me was a captivating and original novel. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Berry’s novels after reading this.
All the Truth That’s in Me is a historical novel about a girl called Judith who is left with no tongue after an accident that left her best friend dead and Judith missing for two years. Unable to tell about what happened to her, Judith lives as the town’s pariah. Nobody talks to her and her only comfort is in a boy called Lucas who she secretly watches. When events drag up the past, will the truth finally come out?
Although you may think it’s hard to get to know a character who doesn’t talk, I felt immensely sympathetic towards Judith. I would hate to be treated as an outcast like she was. We got to know her through flashbacks of her life before the abduction and in the way the novel is written. There was this innocence to her that made me want to jump in to the novel and give her a hug. She hadn’t had any love in her life for a long time and had faced horrible prejudice.
There’s something about close-knit communities that makes me love a book even more. When I read something like this, I realise how important a good setting is. Berry has created a world that I want to live in. The town’s people were quite hard off, yes, but they lived in such a simplistic way. They didn’t have to worry about their cars breaking down or that their WiFi wasn’t fast enough. It was living day by day and taking things as they came. We could really take note of how they lived now.
Written in second person as a note to Lucas, something that I loved, we grow to know both Judith and Lucas. The characterisation was done really well, not only with the main character, but all of the secondary characters, too. I loved Maria and Judith’s brother, although her mother deserved a good slap sometimes.
In terms of the mystery, it was a little predictable. That said, some things were revealed that left me gasping in shock and it did keep me on the edge of my seat. I finished it really quickly- it’s not a long book, by any means- and was satisfied by the pacing and effect.
I would highly recommend this, especially if you want something a bit different to read. I loved it and would happily read it again. Berry has created a thrilling tale of romance, mystery and the story of girl that doesn’t belong.
Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)2 September, 2013 at 11:27 am
I’ve never seen that version of the cover before, but I like it! I didn’t expect to like this one at all with the second person narrative but it was so effective here.
Lovely review, Lucy! <33
Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain2 September, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Ahh I was reading this one but I just couldn’t get into it so I had to DNF it, unfortunately D: I think the second person could either really work or could totally not. I’m glad that you really loved it, though, and that you were able to sympathize with Judith!
Fantastic review, Lucy! <33 (Melanie and I are heart twins over here!)
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Em @ YA Book Buttefly2 September, 2013 at 9:48 pm
I have read some of Julie Berry’s other books and have been looking forward to this one 🙂
Rebekah @ Reflections of a Bookworm3 September, 2013 at 12:29 am
You know how much I love a good historical fiction 😉 Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, especially when it’s written in second person!
Brilliant review, Lucy, happy you enjoyed it more than you thought you would!
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Georgia Walters6 September, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Great review! 🙂 I really enjoyed this book, as well. I found it so interesting that it was written as if the reader was Lucas. Very good narrative hook, right?
I couldn’t really get into this at first, because I found it a little bit confusing with the writing style, though I quickly got absorbed! Totally agree with you: It is very easy to relate to Judith. Also agreeing in the fact that their world is so simple in terms of tech and things 🙂
-Happy Reading! Georgia
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