Monday, January 13, 2014

All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

Publication: September 26, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile

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.

For some reason I just assumed that this story was set in a modern world, but instead it had a period setting.
Judith disappears along with her best friend four years ago. After two years it is only Judith who returns to her pilgrim town of Roswell Station.
I easily sympathized with Judith. It’s bad enough that returns home without her best friend, but she isn’t able to speak because her tongue was cut off.  The community where she is from is super strict and reserved. All of the residents, even her mom refuse to give her the time of day. Her reputation is at stake and she cannot even defend herself. She’s been dealt a very bad hand. But one light in her life is her close friend Lucas. They have been friends all throughout their childhood. And she is in love with him.
All the Truth That’s in Me was such an fascinating story to get into. The pace was a little slow at times, but I wanted to find out the mystery surrounding the town and what happened to Judith and her best friend.  I liked how strong of a character Judith was. She did not want to give up and stay a silent observer in her town. She wanted to break the silence and find her voice.
“I don't believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle. Even if that means enlisting the devil’s help.”

This book had an original and unique storyline that I would recommend to readers who enjoy YA fiction, especially those with a period setting.



**I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**




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