All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Started: January 9, 2016

Finish: January 13, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.


 

Okay, so I gave this book three stars because I’m not entirely sure I enjoyed it.

Let me explain.

This book was very good. Very well written, suspenseful at times, and overall a good read. And I appreciate it as a work of literature, because that’s what it was.

This book dealt with some tough subject matter. I’m all for books that handle subject matter like this, and this one did not disappoint. It left me in a state of shock in some parts of it, but at other parts it dragged.

I can appreciate the art of this book. This book did exactly as it was supposed to do: it made me uncomfortable.

As with any form of art, some pieces are intended to make the audience uncomfortable. Now, I’m not sure if the goal of this book was to get the reader uncomfortable enough that they had to think about some thing, but that’s what happened with me.

When dealing with subject matter such as kidnapping, mutilation, and murder, it needs to make the reader uncomfortable to a certain extent. Yes, I felt all of the other emotions that were intended for this book. I felt sorry for Judith, fell in love with Lucas along with her (at least in sections 4 and 5), and thanked Maria for giving her a chance. But parts of it made me want to sit down and think for a moment about things that happened in this book.

All in all, I liked this book. I liked the artistry and craftsmanship that came from the well-written use of the point-of-view, I liked the characters, and I liked the narration. But it had some moments that definitely dragged for me. I probably won’t ever reread this book, but for me, it was a likeable story that could have done with a little less obsession (see: Judith and Lucas’s relationship in sections 1-3) and a little more story.
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