All the Truth That's in Me

Julie Berry
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.

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Reviewed: 2016-05-31
This book started slowly and it took a while to get usehd to the writing style but in the end I really enjoyed Judith's voice. She is broken and considered cursed but she is also strong and kind, although she does make mistakes. Judith is basically narrating her story to Lucas, her childhood sweetheart even though she is unable to talk after being mutilated when she was kidnapped four years earlier. The chapters are incredibly short and Judith's past is slowly revealed. Parts of the book are written in the past but most in the present. This is an historical novel, which surprised me, but there is also mystery and a touch of romance. A touching read.
Reviewed: 2016-05-26
I never knew words could act like fingers, touching where they ought not, grasping their pleasure at the victims's expense...

--Julie Berry, All The Truth That's In Me

This book was frustrating to me in the way that it is written, the random fragments and jumping between different time periods. It was also riveting, I could not put it down. It was both these things at the same time.

It never really says what time period it is, but in the very first paragraph it says they came over on a boat. Which could mean all kinds of things, really. The town or village is named Roswell Station, (when I read Roswell Station in the synopsis I thought maybe it was about an alien abduction...no aliens though...silly me).

Judith's story is emotional and compelling. I kept reading because I had to know the whole story, I knew there was more to it than what was presented to me in small increments as the story progressed. The end left me surprised and fulfilled.
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