Today's review is of Julie Berry's, "All The Truth That's In Me".
Here's the blurb!
"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."
This book has seriously done this weird mind freak move on me, and after finishing it literally 5-10 minutes ago after reading for 3+ hours straight, I just HAD to review while everything is fresh!
I'm pretty sure that when we were making the book transition, Mara may have spoiled some things, but what she did spoil I didn't notice until I read it and was like "OH! Now that makes sense what Mara supposedly reviewed to me in like 10 minutes flat..."
Seeing at how passionate Mara was about her love for this book, it was either going to smack me with this powerful force of tears and emotion (Like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak) or make me question my own sanity and Mara's (Like the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky). Both equally good, but different in their ways that I appreciate them.
Knowing that I actually had a time limit of when I had to return the book, I instantly descended upon the book like a hawk with this devouring lusty gaze.
The cover was an interesting one for me. While I absolutely despise book covers which has girl's faces, where they are looking dramatic, or girl's posing dramatically whilst looking away dramatically in a dramatic dress, I actually really liked this cover. I don't know why, maybe it's the font or the fact that I appreciate the girl's beauty, but it's very interesting. It's not the BEST I've seen, and it didn't drive me wild with this desire to buy it and hold it and stroke it and smell it.
It's about 310 pages long, so for someone like me who reads fairly quickly, I finished it in about a day.
Now, for my thoughts! I'll start with the things that I really liked.
Judith, the main protagonist, is absolutely flawless. As I've said in previous reviews, I'm VERY selective about my female protagonists. Judith completely blew me away though! Her demeanour was one of a quiet humbleness, but also this force not to be reckoned with. She wasn't weak, but she wasn't able to take on the world either, she did have a disability after all. She loved her dysfunctional family, and her growing bond with her brother was just so adorably cute. Despite all the tragedy that had happened to Judith, and continued to happen throughout the book, she took it so well (Better than I would have. I probably would have eaten my feelings) and just moved on wherever she could. She is probably now one of my more favourite female protagonists! (That's a major achievement, you should be proud).
Lucas. Don't even get me started on Lucas. He is one of the most dreamy, most amazingly fictional guys I've ever had the pleasure to read about. He is so emotionally raw, his flaws ache and make you empathise with him, and you get to feel and almost have the passionate love that Judith has for him. There were times I could literally feel the jealousy and heart ache that he wasn't real. Judith and Lucas though, their blossoming relationship almost made me just want to liquify myself onto the ground in a puddle of swooning.
Another thing I particularly loved about this book was that I couldn't see where it was going. All the plot twists, all the surprises, all the cliffhangers, I did not see coming or could even guess. Half the time while reading it I was texting Mara like -
- "MARA. DOES THIS END HAPPILY OR END WITH ME JUST HATING LIFE? YES OR NO?"
- "Mara...please tell me Lucas and Judith get together and get married and have bazillions of children and live in a cute cottage with a library...please do not tell me one of them dies or falls in love with another person or never loved the other one...MARA TELL ME"
- "If Judith dies in the end, you're going with her. I can't deal with emotional turmoil right now and you're pretty much handing it to me on a platter"
- "I hate you..."
There were times where characters did a complete 180 and I'd just be laying on my bed, staring at the book like...
Curse you and your beautiful libraries, Mara.
I did not cry! :( There were parts where my face actually moved from a pokerface to one of concern, humour, or shock, but not tears. I do truly love this book though, and I'd personally rate it an 8/10. I AM recommending this to everyone I know who loves books, and will be buying it for my own growing library :)
“Like a soldier back from battle you fill my vision. You're a flood, a baptism I'd forgotten, and the force of you leaves me breathless.”
― Julie Berry, All the Truth That's in Me