~ Book Review: All The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry ~

All the Truth That's in MeTitle:  All The Truth That's in Me
Author:  Julie Berry
Publisher:  Viking Juvenile
Release Date:  September 26, 2013
Page:  288
Format:  Paperback
Source:  ARC/BEA
Genre:  Young Adult/Triller

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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.
All The Truth That's in Me is one of those books that come along once every few years.  It's within my top 5 favorite books of this year- That in itself says a lot.

It’s been 4 years since Judith and Lottie disappeared.  No one knows exactly what happened to them, just that two years ago, Judith came back mutilated and not able to speak. The people she once talked with now treat her like an outcast. She lives her life in the shadows pinning after her childhood friend Lucas. He's the only one that somewhat gets her. Living her life in the silence is about to be nonexistent once Roswell station is attacked. The mystery behind why such things have happened to Judith start to unravel themselves. Will Judith continue to live her life in silence or will she finally make the choice to speak up and be heard? She's scared but is keeping quite really an option anymore?

I'm not one to read books with this type of topic but I honestly couldn't get enough of Judith story and trying to figure out what exactly happened.  Berry stole so much of me with her words. I, myself, can barely find the right words to describe how hauntingly beautiful All The Truth That's in Me is.

Judith as our protagonist was absolutely marvelous. She may not speak, but she's very observant of everything that goes on around her. You get so much insight just by that simple fact. Every time I turned the page, I found out something new. I took my time reading this book because I wanted to savor every moment.  It literally pulls the strings of your heart. You feel for Judith and you come to an understanding as to why such things have happened to her.
I came into this book with no expectations what-so-ever, but I can't even begin to express how emotional, gritty and real All The Truth That's in Me is. Days after finishing it, I still caught myself thinking about it. I cannot recommend this book enough.


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