Young adult

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

My Review; I read this one because I loved the authors previous book Moxie so much. I had high expectations for this one.

At first the story royally annoyed me. Grr. The story focuses on one character called Alice and the rumours about her. For 80% of the book its about this girl being bullied by everyone and her just putting up with it… Which was why I was annoyed but towards the end I got it. There was a hidden meaning to it all. Be strong. Carry on. The truth always comes out in the end. In the end you will be the one that comes out of top. I really felt for Alice honestly poor girl. But she did me proud at the end.

Unfortunately these books do happen in real life in schools I have been in her position myself so it’s also eye opening. Brave. Determination. Powerful. I salute Alice. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adapted to film · chick-lit · Young adult

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu ★★★★★

Blurb; Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Review; This is one I got through the library as I really wanted to read it before it hits Netflix and I am so glad I got round to reading it. Wow. Amazing. Powerful. Girl power. Empowering. Bold. Brave. Emotional. This is a school of girls going against the boys and sexist staff to be heard. It’s honestly an outstanding read and should be read by all young girls school age. Take note.

If you’re a woman/girl who survived her high school years you are bound to relate to this book 99%. The girls are just so brave. Determined. They want to be heard and they do. They all come together in the end. I cannot wait to see the adaption to Netflix now. Also contains a little bit of high school romance. Ooh. I loved it all. Made me smile. Made me want to join them. Made me proud. Its a hidden message of if we all work together we can be heard. Action will be taken. You will win. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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