Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon, the high school quarterback, dies in a car crash, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice -- and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.
"The rumor mill has always been a side effect of high school, but thanks to cell phones and social media, a story can now spread at warp speed....Multiple narrators tell the story of how one unchecked rumor took on a life of its own, and the individual motives of those closest to it. The voices are authentic and reveal how destructive the desire for popularity can be ("if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world ") as well as the flip side -- resilience in the face of injustice." --Seira Wilson, School Library Journal
|15 and up
|Jun 3, 2014
|Roaring Brook Press