Allison: All The Truth That’s In Me | Julie Berry | Book Review

All the Truth That’s in Me starts off slow, taking a bit to stir things up but once it officially gets started there is no turning back. Honestly, the main character Judith is one of the most interesting characters I have ever encountered in the young adult world. There was so much that I enjoyed about her story, and the growth and development of the character. The setting of the book was also interesting because it kind of set up everything that occurred. It is such an interesting backdrop for a story! All in all believe me when I say that this book was the definition of unexpected enjoyment for me.

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The narration of All the Truth That’s in Me is the first thing that caught my attention. I really liked the unique way that Julie Berry chose to tell this story. With a mixture of present day and past memories, the main character Judith is telling her story to her childhood friend Lucas. Except that she is not necessarily always speaking to him but more around him and about him. You see, Lucas plays a key role in the story, and this format of narration helped me connect with Judith and her feelings for Lucas and how all of this is so interconnected.

Why is it so interconnected? Well, it involves what has happened to Judith. Now, I don’t want to say too much because I’m afraid that it’ll give too much away. And I believe that would really suck because the mystery involved with this story is just so good! It really kept me guessing, and kept my attention. It also helps that the book uses short “chapters” broken up with Roman numerals which helped with the pacing the structure of the book. Add in the fact that Judith has obviously been through a traumatic experience which included her being kidnapped and mutilated, and it may be easy to guess why I was so hooked on this story.

For me, Judith is one of the most unique YA heroines. She’s not necessarily “book smart” which is why the language in All the Truth That’s in Me is so simplistic as it is from her point of view, and is her story but, she is definitely “street smart”. When she returns from her ordeal, she is silenced, literally, as her tongue has been cut out. Yet, she still has this streak of resilience that made her character so worth rooting for. I wanted to learn the truth of her story, and I wanted to see her conquer the odds even if they were completely against her.

This isn’t a sugarcoated story but that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t a sense of hope. It’s a dark story but within the intensity comes a beauty that you cannot help but want to see shine through.  Even after everything Judith has been through she is still so strong and so resilient. She’s angry as she has every right to be but more than anything she wants people to understand. She wants to be able to tell her story which proves to be very difficult as she is almost totally mute.

Judith is a girl who is living in a town that feels like it is in the middle of no where. She’s also a girl who is in love with a boy who has moved on from her while she was kidnapped, and whose relationship with others have always seemed to define her. I really enjoyed reading her story, and watching her find her voice. I would highly recommend All the Truth That’s in Me to anyone that is looking for a more unique and original young adult novel.

Disclaimer: Received ARC at BEA 2013

Other reviews of All the Truth That’s In Me by Julia Berry:

Xpresso Reads: “A strange, yet captivating book…

Total Teen Fiction Reviews: “It takes a little while to get into All the Truth That’s in Me but once you’re there it’s totally worth it because it’s a story that will stay with you long after you close the pages.

A Reader of Fictions: “All told, All the Truth That’s in Me is a powerful, highly original novel and I recommend it highly, particularly to readers with more patience for second person narration.


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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I really admired and appreciated Judith’s resilience in the face of everything she had stacked against her-it’s not always a trait we highlight in our MCs but it’s a great one to see and is one of the reasons I really liked her even as I struggled a bit with the writing and vague setting (seriously where and when about is this set???)

  2. I loved this one SO much. It really *IS* unique. 🙂 So happy that you enjoyed it too, Allison!

  3. I’m so glad you liked this one. It totally look me by surprise and is one of my favorites of 2013 so far. I agree with you about Judith being a totally different type of main character, it took me a little while to settle into her, but once I did I was in love.

  4. I’m getting really curious about this book! I didn’t get a chance to read it before I passed it on to another blogger, but now I’m kind of wishing I had. It’s interesting that it’s got that unique POV from which the story is told, and I’m also really curious since I can’t figure out how it all ends. I might just have to check it out for myself.