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All the Truth That's in Me

Berry, Julie (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
All the Truth That's in Me


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"Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Berry, Julie, 1974-
Title: All the truth that's in me
Publisher: New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013.
Characteristics: 274 pages ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780670786152
0670786152
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Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sometimes I find myself surprised by books that get honors, and this book (a Best Fiction For Young Adults title) surprised me - because it's not very good. The pacing was odd, the characters' motivations sometimes inscrutable, and the setting not well defined. Maybe the author should have made it a novella or short story instead of a whole novel. Also, the story was plagued by the kind of self-created misunderstandings that plague YA romantic fiction.

Report This Mar 10, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's a cold world when no one will touch you." ----- You might compare this to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter--particularly in terms of setting and themes--except the focus and telling are drastically different. In this tale of a female town pariah in a small, religious, tightly-knit community of settlers, it is the pariah herself who narrates her story. To everyone who knows her, Judith is meek, unobtrusive, and forever silent, as good as invisible most of the time and easily dismissible; to readers, she is a bright, observant, thoughtful, eloquent, and opinionated sharer--and sometimes withholder--of secrets. She gives her perspective immediacy by alternating between first and second person voice, telling her story to Lucas, the boy (man) she yearns after. Even so, she is a halting, hesitant storyteller still trying to find her voice, using a shotgun, scattershot approach of narrative and reflective fragments to get her thoughts across. I found her voice to be engaging, compelling, and, ultimately, perfect. ----- "My thoughts swirl and scatter like snowflakes on an errant wind. Will I help him make something of his life? Who will help me? Why does everyone presume that I, as damaged merchandise, forfeit any claim to happiness? That I expect nothing, have no ambitions or longings of my own? When was it agreed that my lot would be to gladly serve as a prop and a crutch for others who are whole? And what rules of economy dictate that a boy without a foot is more whole than a girl without a tongue?" ----- As to that setting, it's one in which hard work, conformity, and self-sacrifice are valued most. People are expected to take care of themselves, demand little of others, and contribute to the common good. And the single most important measure of contribution to the common good is one's ability to not break any rules or display any differences. Conformity is not always a choice, however; sometimes illness, injury, and calamity create differences that a person can't help. But in this setting, the cause doesn't matter. Those who don't conform are scorned and shunned. ----- "Darrel nods solemnly. 'That's how they think about me, too.' I heave the sled along once more. No it isn't, you selfish baby. There's no comparison. Nobody thinks you're stupid. No one ever could. But empathy is dear in my world, so I'll take it." ----- Four years ago, Judith disappeared without warning or explanation. Two years ago, Judith returned without warning or explanation. And without her tongue. Mute and unable to account for her absence, she is reluctantly accepted back into the community as a damaged, incapable, smirched, and undesirable person. She lives in shame and her place among them is tenuous at best. In this book, Judith gradually reveals the secrets of her past over the course of dealing with tumultuous present circumstances, with the slight hope of perhaps discovering a future. It's a moving and powerful tale. ----- "I don't believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle. Even if that means enlisting the devil's help."

Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • Umachan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Unwinding like a puzzle, in a setting that is not defined but feels historically familiar, this story is a lyrical, mysterious, chilling and romantic exploration of human nature.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • Sythia_C rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The cover screams paranormal YA, but it isn't. This unique book hooked me so I was driven to finish it in 24 hours.

Report This Dec 30, 2013
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book! Pulled me right in and the story was revealed at just the right pace!

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