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The Truth About Alice FINAL


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on 14 January 2015

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Transcript of The Truth About Alice FINAL

The Truth About Alice
Jennifer Mathieu
Jennifer Mathieu was born in 1971 and is 43 years of age.
Mathieu started writing "books" and stories when she was in kindergarten,
Her first success as a writer was when she won a contest in Cricket Magazine.
Nowadays, Jennifer Mathieu spends her days teaching English to middle and high schoolers.
Book Summary
One day Alice had friends and a social life. The next day, the rumours started. A spiteful text message spreads like wildfire and now Alice is the town pariah. No one cares if the rumours are true, and they just keep growing until only one person in town will even speak to Alice. That one person may be able to clear Alice’s name, but will an unpopular boy risk the wrath of his classmates to help the girl that everyone hates? Four very different students from Healy High share their version of the “truth”, exposing the cracks in the stories and revealing that everything may not be as it seems. In the end there’s only one person who knows The Truth About Alice, and it’s the one person no one bothered to ask… Alice herself.
Writer's style
Kurt (the nobody) has lived with his grandparents ever since ever since his parents died when he was five. He is extraordinarily smart, and plans to use his wit to escape the small town he has never felt welcome in. He has always harbored a crush for Alice, but he could never tell her that, she was too popular! But now she is a nobody, and he takes his chance to get to know her by offering to tutor her in math. Slowly they become friends, and and Alice may be falling in love with him too, but will the fact that he does not know the truth about the rumor that started it all for Alice change things?
Alice Franklin (protagonist and antagonist) has it pretty hard. After being accused for sleeping with two guys in one night, she turns into the most hated girl in Healy High. Since the crash causing the star football player's death, Alice hasn't caught a break.
Kelsie (the wannabee) moved to Healy determined to leave her geek side back in Michigan and start out with a clean slate. She calculates her every move, making sure she is accepted by her peers. Alice is her best friend, or was, before Kelsie completely ditched her because maybe the rumors were true, and if she hung out with a girl like Alice, she would surely loose her status. She knows she is being shallow, she knows she shouldn't have written those things on the bathroom stall about Alice, only for it to turn into the Alice bashing stall, and she knows she shouldn't have lied about Alice having an abortion. But she had to prove which side she was on, and no one could find out it was her who had the abortion, even though her mom protests outside the clinic every day.
Elaine (the frenemy) loves living in a small town, where gossip is all there is to serve as entertainment, and she loves gossip. She loves how whenever she goes to the store, everyone knows her name. And how at school she is the center of attention. Elaine loves her status as 'queen bee' at Healy High which she pretty much rules. SHe hates how her mom always makes her go to weight watchers with her, and she hates that Alice slept with Brandon, the school hottie, and than
Jennifer Mathieu has an interesting style of writing. Mathieu organised the book in a way where you could see each main character's point-of-view. The way Jennifer Mathieu organised her book was into seperate, 'personal' diaries, instead of set chapters.
One obviously prevalent theme it the use of separate points-of-view. Separate points-of-view are used through out the entire book, with the diary entry format.
Separate Points-of-View
In this book, the theme of bullying shows up more than once. Bullying is portrayed through the book when everyone except one person shuts Alice out because they think they know everything about her, when really, they don't know anything. All they know is whatever gossip is know about Alice
One more prevalent theme in this book is relationships. For example, the whole rumor started because of a relationship that got out of hand. Also, Alice and Kurt have a romantic relationship. Lastly, All of the main characters have some sort of relationship with Alice.
One message in this book is make good decisions. In my book, There are two main characters, not including Alice, who bully Alice. They make fun of her for doing things that she should not have done in the first place.
literary elements
Yes. This book shows that one of the few stories that girls have to face in their everyday problems about rumors and high school gossip and drama.
showed multiple points-of-view
resembled rumors and gossip that are spread like wildfire and that can change with time
The points were only set with people from one social group. The perspective of Alice would have changed if the reader had received more opinions from different popularity groups
"thank god he did not give her a ring or anything. I mean thats just to serious" A ring symbolizes love.
"its no wonder everyone refers to Alice as THE slut. I mean she did sleep with two guys in one night" This is an example of allusion because the author uses the word "slut" to indicate the way that alice acts.
"she slept with two guys in one night" This is an example of euphenism because it is using the phrase "slept with" instead of had sex with to soften it up.
"Alice was a tiger in bed that night." This is an example of a metaphor because it is comparing two similar things without using like or as.
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