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All The Truth That's In Me

by Julie Gardner Berry

Viking USA | October 1, 2013 | Hardcover

All The Truth That's In Me is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.54 × 5.74 × 1.06 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670786152

ISBN - 13: 9780670786152

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After You know those books that you just cannot get out of your head? They work their way into your heart and mind and it's impossible to let them go. That's exactly what Julie Berry's newest book, All the Truth That's In Me did to me. This book is incredibly difficult for me to describe. "Unexpected" is the best word for it. And I hesitate to try and say too much, at risk of ruining the astonishing experience I had reading it for the first time. It may be too early to say this, but this has been my favourite read of 2013 so far! Reasons to Read: 1. This reminds me of "The Village" in book form: I'm not really too sure exactly why it does; it's hard to pinpoint. The story's really aren't similar, but I think it's the setting that has a similar feel. The setting in All the Truth That's In Me feels timeless, and by that I mean it literally felt like it was outside of the confines of time. I couldn't pinpoint an exact location or era, which only adds to the mystery in my opinion. Also, there's the whole small, tight-knit community with a whole bunch of secrets. 2. Judith's bravery and resilience: I don't think Judith ever sees herself as someone who is extraordinary. But she is. What she views as defiance, I see as bravery and resilience in the face of circumstances which could have broken her down. Judith's reaction to her disappearance and the treatment she receives from those around her are atypical, and I can only admire her for her mental and emotional strength she shows as she endures this. Her concern for others in the wake of such events is truly remarkable. 3. A sweet, honest love story: The relationship between Judith and Lucas is anything but straightforward, yet there's something about it where they're able to retain that childlike simplicity. You can see how they've grown together, and how much of an impact the decisions they make have on each other. It isn't quite your traditional love story, it's full of broken bits and shattered pieces but there's something about it that is still so pure, raw, and real. I can't tell you the last time I was completely invested in the relationship between two fictional characters like this! There are some aspects to this book that are rather dark. Judith is far from a perfect character, and makes some choices that I found rather questionable. But then again, who hasn't? She's a realistic character, not an ideal one. She makes mistakes, and I think it's most interesting to see how she follows up to those mistakes. I'm a bit iffy on the second person narrative, but I honestly feel like it worked well in the end. You learn early on in the book the identity of the "you" Judith keeps referring to, and I think the second person narration was important to really bring that character into the spotlight. Hardcover personally purchased. 
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from truley amazing All the Truth That's in Me is novel like none other I have read. It is so exceptionally real and emotional on every page. The moment I opened it and started reading there was no hope until i finished. I will preface this by saying this book might not be for everyone, it deals with subjects that are taboo to some and hard to read for others. The conventional style of writing is thrown out the window for this book and I loved it. What i think I loved most was the tense, it was told in the 2nd person, which is very hard to read let a lone write. We the reader are part of the story from the very beginning and I felt like the emotions I felt while reading were a direct result of that. We meet Judith who went missing four years earlier with one of her friends, but only she returned. Now, two years after her miraculous return she has to deal with onlookers and doubters that believe her to be not only a liar but unholy in every way. See, Judith did not come back in once piece, she was mutilated and disfigured in a way that will permanently change the way she lives her life. But it is her strength and love for Lucas, her childhood friend that gets her through some of the worst months of her life. I remember reading about this book earlier this year, I believe in January and I wanted to read it back then, and honestly the synopsis was almost as mysterious as the book itself. I did not know what exactly the book was about but I knew I needed to read it, and I will tell you this. It changed me. It has been over two weeks since I finished it and I still think about to this day. The characters are incredible. They are not only real, but flawed and when I saw flawed I mean FLAWED. There are certain characters that I wanted to punch sooo hard, like Judith's mother, or her school teacher. Not only because of the way they treated her, but also because of the sheltered look of life they carried around with them. If i say any more about this book I will give everything away, the best thing to do is read it. It will take you no time at all to read it considering the chapters are incredibly short (which I love) and the story itself propels you forward and won't let you go. This is one of the best books I have read in 2013 and although it might not be for everyone, it is worth a try by everyone. The story of Judith and her quest for true happiness is one that is amazing to read.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An astonishingly beautiful book of slow revelation that you won't soon forget Near impossible. That's what I figured the odds were of my coming across a YA novel that could surprise me, could go so far off the beaten path that I wouldn't even know how to handle it. I'm being dramatic, but I can't help it. All The Truth That's In Me was the YA book to change the idea of what the YA genre COULD be. This book was deliriously original, and had me congratulating the author on every page for what she dared to accomplish, and then achieved, with flying colours. All The Truth That's In Me was is, without a doubt, one of my favourite YA reads of the year. Judith Finch is mute, for reasons she dare not attempt to share. After disappearing for two years, Judith returns to a town of strangers. She is scorned and treated like the village idiot. Even her own mother, her flesh and blood, refuses to provide the comfort and acceptance that Judith craves. In a narrative told through second-person, and in verse form, Judith speaks to the only light in her life, her childhood friend, and her heart's only desire, Lucas Whiting. In an astonishingly beautiful form of slow revelation, the readers, the town, and Judith are given access to truths that will stop their hearts, and create feelings that will shock them, haunt them, and eventually..set them free. All The Truth That's In Me was set in the past, which was a jolt to the system in it's own right. I have grown so accustomed to reading YA novels set in present day, or far, far into the future. It isn't indicated, but I would guess that this book took place in the late 1800's. If historical fiction isn't your forte, this may not be the book for you. But if a solid, overwhelmingly good storyline is your thing, I beg you to reconsider picking up this book. I grew so attached to Judith's character, her silent voice resonated with me louder than characters I read who could actually speak. I was drawn to her quiet determination, her unrelenting love for someone she thought she had no right loving. The was the most intense URGE to know her story, to find out what happened to her, and then to help her bring all of the wrong-doers to justice. I want to write about every single character in this review, but I will stop at Judith's immediate circle. I loathed Judith's mother, and have never felt more inclined to throw large, heavy things at a character's head. Julie Berry did a fantastic job at creating an atmosphere of both tension, and of love. Tension with the people who misunderstood Judith, and the love with the ones we knew were genuinely interested in her well-being. There were TINY times when I wanted to shake the main character, tell her "look! these people CARE, can't you see!?". But even that was done beautifully, and with the right amount of build-up. The romance in All The Truth That's In Me was worth every second of the wait, and I do believe it's one my favourite romance's in a YA book. It was one that blossomed in spite of things, and even as I write this there are warm feelings growing inside of me. It all happened so perfectly. I can't even count the amount of times I happy *sighed*. All The Truth That's In Me is a book that needs to be spotlighted everywhere. It needs to be known that there is YA fiction out there that unlike any other YA fiction you will ever read. Pick it up for yourself, pick it up for a friend, this is not a book to miss out on!
Date published: 2013-12-18

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All The Truth That's In Me

by Julie Gardner Berry

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.54 × 5.74 × 1.06 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670786152

ISBN - 13: 9780670786152

About the Book

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town. 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. But when the town is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light.

Read from the Book

No one calls me by my name. No one calls me anything, save Darrel, who calls me Worm. Mother never really tried to stop him. When she calls me, it’s “You, shuck these,” “You, card that sack,” “You, grease this down,” “You, watch the tallow pot.”

“You. Keep still.”

The warmth I remember in her eyes is gone, replaced with iron. Father is long-since dead, and the daughter she remembers is dead to her. She buries the name with the memory.

No one calls me by my name.

Younger children do not know it.

I remind myself each day at sunrise, lest one day I forget.

Judith is my name.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Julie Berry grew up on a farm in western New York as the youngest of a family of seven book-loving kids. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband, four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers. All the Truth That’s in Me is her first novel for teens and adults. Visit her at julieberrybooks.com.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for ALL THE TRUTH THAT''S IN ME by Julie Berry:

"Twines lyrical writing with the sharp pull of suspense to tell a riveting tale of a young girl''s struggle to reclaim her life."—Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

“Powerful.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer
 
“While it is deeply poetic, the story reads like a thriller.”—Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

"Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story." —Kirkus, starred review

"...suspenseful and haunting. [Julie''s] poetic narrative will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance." —School Library Journal, starred review

"heart-wrenching and...heart-pounding" —BCCB, starred review

"Berry keeps her readers on edge, tantalizing us with pieces of the puzzle right up until the gripping conclusion." —Horn Book, starred review

“effectively combines elements of traditional genre literature to create a distinctive novel that includes a powerful message about the value of women’s voices and what is lost when they are silenced.” —New York Times Book Review
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