All the Truth That’s In Me
Author: Julie Berry
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2013
hard copy 274 pages
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 LOVED this novel! First of all can I just say, what an eye catching cover! Don’t let it fool you into thinking this is a modern day tale. The story of Judith takes place in Puritan Roswell Station, Georgia.
Julie Berry spins a beautifully eerie tale in this book about heartbreak, survival, judgments, kindness, cruelty, and truth. This was a very unique story. I was immediately pulled into Judith’s life and the mysterious tragedy that it had become. I truly felt for her. In the beginning everything is a mystery to the reader. You can only guess and draw your own assumptions until little by little Judith becomes more courageous, remembering and eventually unveiling her truths. I absolutely loved her strong spirit, refusing to give up and continuing to love and protect a community that has not been kind to her.
Not all stories can be happiness and ease. Some stories are difficult and sad and tragic, but I find it’s the difficult ones that make me grow or see things differently than I used to. I really enjoyed this book and loved the character of Judith and seeing how she grew and finding out how her courage and honesty would change her fate.
This book is on my “Favorites” shelf! Read it! You won’t be sorry.
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