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The Truth About Alice
Transcript of The Truth About Alice
The Truth About Alice
By: Jennifer Mathieu
What is this book?
"I don't remember too much about the accident. I woke up in the hospital not knowing what was going on, and then my dad came in and told me what happened and that Brandon was dead. I remember feeling like I sort of left my body. I'd heard stuff like that on TV shows, and for a second I thought maybe I was dying, too. Even though my dad had already told me that the doctors had said I was out of danger, mostly because I'd been wearing my seat belt." (pg 14)
" The night of Elaine O'Dea's party I was throwing up and had a fever of 102. So I didn't go. This was truly and epic emergency in my eyes because despite being almost a junior in high school, the old Kelsie from Flint was not completely dead and buried inside of me yet. Back when I lived in Michigan, I was a nerd. A nothing. A nobody. In Healy I am popular, and this blows my mind, and I guess the night of the party there was a part of me that was sure that if I missed even one opportunity to remind everyone of my social standing, I would be kicked back to the solitary cafeteria table of doom, destined to live out the rest of my high school days completely on my own." (pg 7)
"I Elaine O'Dea, am going to tell you two definite, absolute, indisputable truths.
1. Alice Franklin slept with two guys in the very same night in a bed IN MY HOUSE this past summer, just before the start of junior year. She slept with one and then, like five minutes later, she slept with the other one. Seriously. And everybody knows about it.
2. Two weeks ago-just after Homecoming-one of those guys, Brandon Fitzsimmons (who was crazy super popular and gorgeous and who yours truly messed around with more than once) died in a car accident. And it was all Alice's fault."
The Truth About Alice
Five main characters
Five different stories
Only one truth, and only Alice knows
Mrs. Brandon Elaine Fitzsimmons
Elaine 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. She loves the word 'like', and loves her status as 'queen bee' at the high school she rules. She hates how her mom always makes her go to Weight Watchers with her, and she hates that Alice slept with Brandon, and then killed him!
Josh is confused, about life, about himself, and about why he did what he did when Brandon and himself were in the car, intoxicated. But mostly he doesn't know why he blamed it all on Alice. Maybe it was the way Brandon's mom looked at him with a desperate yearning for answers, and the truth about how her son died. Maybe it was because everyone would believe it with all the other rumors about her going around. But I think it is because he can't face the truth of his actions, and the affect it had on his best friend.
Kelsie moved to Healy determined to leave her geek side back in Michigan and start anew. She calculates her every move, making sure she is accepted by her peers. Alice is her best friend, or was before she completely ditched her because maybe the rumors were true, and if she hung out with a girl like that, she would surely lose her status. She knows she is being shallow, she knows she shouldn't have wrote those mean things about Alice on the bathroom stall, 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 fine out it was her who had the abortion, although her mom protest outside of the clinic everyday!
The It Girl
"To state the blatantly obvious, I wasn't invited to Elaine O'Dea's party. To tell you the truth, I didn't even know there was a party at Elaine O'Dea's, although I've always been aware that there are parties and football games and other social events going on around me. I've just never been invited to them, and even if I were to be invited, I wouldn't attend. I see no need in taking part in forced adolescent rituals that would do nothing but stir up emotions of dread for all involved. I would dread having to interact at such an event, and I know they would dread to see me show up at the door." (pg32)
Kurt has lived with his grandma ever since his parents death when he was five. He is extraordinarily smart, and plans to use his ability to escape the small town he as never felt welcome in. He has always harbored a crush for Alice, but he could never tell her that, she was popular! But now she too is a nobody, and he take his chance to get to know her by offering to tutor her in math. Slowly they become friends, and Alice may be falling in love with him too, but will the fact that he has know the truth about the rumor that started it all for Alice change things?
The very last point of view is Alice. You finally get to hear the inner thoughts of the character the whole novel was about! After discovering what the lies and truths really were, most people would expect the author to make everyone friends again and make everything happily ever after. And maybe to some she does, but not in the way I was expecting. Everyone isn't friends again, really the reader and Alice and the only ones who know what is true and what is not at the end. The mean girls stay mean girls. The jocks still play football. The desperate girls still follow behind the 'queens', and the nobodies end up together. This book beautifully transitions through P.O.V. and establishes distinct characters, you never have to question who is talking at the time, you know by their language and inner thoughts. I thought this book addressed stereotype of an average high school, and I am 100% sure every one in high school can relate, or know someone who does, to some of the emotions, fears, and events that have occurred in this book.