The Compulsive Reader: All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

When eighteen-year-old Judith reappears after having gone missing two years earlier, her entire village is suspicious of her and her inability to speak. Judith does her best to remain inconspicuous, holding all of the explosive secrets she keeps deep inside of her and watching her childhood love, Lucas, from a distance. When enemies threaten the safety of her town and Lucas, Judith is forced to action, sending her on a path to reveal the truth she’s concealed for over two years.

All the Truth That’s In Me is a fascinating, riveting historical novel. The story is told in short, affecting chapters and beautifully written; the tension and suspense build quickly and elegantly, propelling readers through the novel at a breakneck pace. Judith’s narration is distinct and smart, and her struggle to learn to communicate once more with her family and the people in her town, despite physical and emotional barriers, is emotional and more dangerous than she can imagine. Patient, curious readers will be fascinated by this intense book as the plot—and Judith’s secrets—are slowly peeled back to reveal a terrible crime and one town’s fear and prejudice.

Cover Comments: I like the title treatment and how dramatic this book looks, but the girl on the cover has way too much makeup on to be a historical fiction character. In fact, it seems like the book's entire marketing plan revolves around making this novel NOT appear to be a historical fiction book. I find this weird, and slightly misleading, especially since I would have read this book much sooner if I had known it was historical fiction--but that's just me! What do you think of the cover?

ARC picked up at BEA '13.


Becky said...

I agree. I think it is a horrible cover. I think it keeps the people who WANT to read historical fiction away, and it will probably disappoint readers who approach it with the idea that it's contemporary fiction. The book itself is wonderful, probably one of my favorite YA novels of the year.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this book too. I think the short, almost abrupt narration really works to make the book more powerful.

I have to admit that I didn't really know this was historical fiction when I started it. I like the cover because I see her makeup more as a way to make her look more exhausted than pretty. It is weird though that the synopsis and marketing don't advertise that this novel is historical fiction.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm…need to add this to the TBR. :)