Thursday, October 3, 2013

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

 Librarian M is on fire this fall with books that sound amazing. Today she checks in with one that stands out from the pack:

Julie Berry

When Judith was 14 years old she disappeared from her small town at the same time another girl was murdered. When she was 16 years old she wandered back to her home with half her tongue cut out. Now she is 18 and has been effectively mute for two years. The townspeople think that she is cursed and even her own mother treats her terribly. Judith moves silently through life and is so ignored by everyone around her that she might as well not even be there.

Judith has accepted her lot in life and grinds through her daily routine without fail until the day another group of colonists attack her town. The town’s arsenal was stolen months ago and she knows where it is—at the home of her former captor. She runs to beg him for help even though she knows that she won’t be able to go back to her old life afterwards.

Every year I read a few books that strike me as unique—this is one of those books. The story is narrated by Judith and slips into second person as she internally addresses Lucas, the boy she loves. The second person is such an effective way to convey how much she loves him that it is worth taking a few pages to get used to the style. It took me about 40 pages to become completely invested in this book, but once I was in, I was in. Every one of Judith’s small triumphs was exhilarating; every setback was painful. Try this book if you are looking for something different.

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