All the Truth That’s In Me

21 Jan

9780670786152_zoomAll the Truth That’s In Me is a story of mystery, intrigue, and suspense, but not in the way I was expecting.  Judith returns home after missing from her small town for four years.  When she returns, she is unable to speak and her story remains a mystery that only she knows.  She shares her thoughts with the neighbor-boy whose since turned into a man and whom she’s loved for years.  When her town is threatened to be attacked, Judith must make the heroic choice to begin talking in order to save her town and her own life.

This book was original and fresh and unexpected!  I am hesitant to read some YA books because they can be so dark and depressing, but even though this is not a light-hearted chick-lit book, I really enjoyed the story, characters, and Judith’s voice most of all.  Her voice, especially at the beginning of the novel, is short, to-the-point, and specific, but as she slowly begins to adjust to her new life and learn that she may still have a voice that can be heard, she begins speaking more fluently.  I liked that the story had a historical setting, but that wasn’t the focus of the book,  there were horses, and plows, and muskets, but also unspecific of a certain place or time.  This is definitely a must read for readers looking for a strong female voice and character in the midst of a difficult time.

Title: All the Truth That’s In Me
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 2013
Page Number: 274 pgs.

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