All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That’s in Me
By Julie Berry

Stand Alone Novel
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 26, 2013
I received this book, at BEA (Book Expo America ’13), in exchange for an  honest review.

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 startling 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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My Thoughts:

Before I start I have to admit that I don’t normally read historical fiction. So if you’re a historical fan, PLEASE do not let this sway your opinion one way or another. 

Before reading I skimmed the summary and I honestly thought it was more along the lines of a contemporary thriller. I thought the idea sounded interesting…a girl left mutilated and mute after being held captive for years and then suddenly released and forced to adjust to a new life. I was very surprised when I started reading only to realize it’s historical. I had a hard time getting into the book because of this and I said many times while reading that I really wished it were contemporary. I said it enough that I’m sure my friend, Anna (Annaberry Reads), was probably sick of hearing it, haha.

Although it was overall a slow read for me I will say that the second two thirds did go a little smoother and quicker. I was able to get to know the characters and the story did go in unexpected directions.

This book hasn’t made me reevaluate my avoidance of historical novels but MAYBE the next time I stumble on one unexpectedly I’ll be more likely to give it a chance. Maybe ;-)

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5


  1. Great review, Jen. You are so funny regarding hist fiction. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. What's funny is that I almost stayed away from this book because, based on the cover, I thought it was going to be a zombie book (not really My thing). And girl, I love hearing what you think about the books, so Anytime! :)

    1. Thanks Miss Annaberry :)

      Lol, it is funny how differently covers can be perceived!

  2. This is on my TBR list, I also thought it was a contemporary thriller. I totally agree with you guys about the cover, it doesn't work as a historical one. I enjoy historical fiction and I don't think I've read a YA one in quite awhile, so I'm going to give it a go. Good review, Jen! :)

    1. Oh good, I'm glad I didn't scare everyone away from it. :)

  3. Hmm well you know I do love Hist Fic. do you think it would be something I would like?


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