Published: August 2013
Source: purchased on Amazon
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.
I read a few reviews of All the Truth That's in Me before I went ahead and purchased it, and even though the reviews I read were positive, I will admit that I had some doubts. I was very worried about the second person narration, but I needn't have worried because that actually ended up being one of the book's many strengths. I adored the romance of this novel, and the second person narration made me feel invested in that romance from the start.
Judith has so many fantastic qualities: strength, integrity, loyalty. She never gives up on her family, her town, or her love, even though she is given every reason in the world to do just that. Far from breaking her spirit, her horrible ordeal only makes her a stronger person. I loved her immediately and I cared deeply about the outcome of the story because of that.
This is not a lighthearted, easy read. I spent much of the book in a state of tension, filled with dread and worrying about the various tragedies that might befall Judith. But I just could not put this book down until I finished it, and I can't recommend it enough. It's an easy 4.5 stars for me.
Have you read this one yet? What did you think of it?