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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    At first I was hesitant about starting ATTTIM, only because I ba

    At first I was hesitant about starting ATTTIM, only because I barely read the summary, but I decided to give it a try. BEST DECISION EVER.

    Almost immediately, I started crying and once I started the tears just kept coming. 

    Divided into sections, All The Truth That's In Me tells the story of a mute, Judith, who has returned from being abducted and witnessing the murder of her friend, with her tongue partially severed. When she returns back into town, everybody sort of treats Judith like the town pariah, when they realize that she can't recount what happen. No one even calls Judith by her name anymore, except her little brother who calls her Worm. Although Judith can no longer talks, she's still remembers everything. Especially the boy that she used to love, and can't let go. When he and her town is endangered by the threat of war, she brings to surface their only solution to their problem, at the same time their only solution unearths the town's biggest darkest secrets.

    I absolutely loved this book. I loved its ability to tug on my heart strings: it's as much heart-wrenching, as it is heartwarming. I cried because some parts hurt so much and seriously made me question my faith in humanity, while other parts described humanity at its best. 

    The character development is exceptional. I feel like every character is so real. Even the small characters that barely even featured, are so distinct. Even when Berry, just etches the outline of minor characters, you still get a sense who that character is and when she really draws a portrait of the main characters, she pays attention to all the acute details. Layer upon layer, I feel like I knew who Judith, and it felt like she was a real person.

    The plot was also exceptionally well developed. Told in little vignettes, you only get small pieces of the story at at time. It's like a written quilt, each little vignette tells its own story but at the same time it also helps tell a larger story. The vignettes also flash back to the time when Judith was abducted, and as the story progresses you understand how those flashback influence and continue to influence Judith.

    My favorite moments are any of the moments between Judith and Lucas. I love them. Some moments were heartbreaking, a lot were sad, and there was some sweet moments than induced some grinch moments, where my heart grew three sizes too big.

    All The Truth That's in Me, it's one my new favorites. It's probably the book that I'm going to recommend to friends first. 

    Also for those who were curious about when and where the novel is set:

    ARC provided by Publisher at BEA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    You won't put this book down.  Seriously.  I couldn't wait to fi

    You won't put this book down.  Seriously.  I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.  Everything is not what it seems.  The suspense is carried straight through to the end.  I feel sorry for the other books on my nightstand.  They just won't measure up to this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    An amazing read

    I was taken on a journey through time. I felt Judiths pain and her loss, and her joy. One of the best books I have read in a long while and a wonderful tale of love and how it comes full circle even in tragedy. Judiths strength is beyond measure.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    You know those books that you just cannot get out of your head?

    You know those books that you just cannot get out of your head? They work their way into your heart and mind and it's impossible to let them go. That's exactly what Julie Berry's newest book, All the Truth That's In Me did to me.

    This book is incredibly difficult for me to describe. "Unexpected" is the best word for it. And I hesitate to try and say too much, at risk of ruining the astonishing experience I had reading it for the first time. It may be too early to say this, but this has been my favourite read of 2013 so far!

    Reasons to Read:

    1. This reminds me of "The Village" in book form:

    I'm not really too sure exactly why it does; it's hard to pinpoint. The story's really aren't similar, but I think it's the setting that has a similar feel. The setting in All the Truth That's In Me feels timeless, and by that I mean it literally felt like it was outside of the confines of time. I couldn't pinpoint an exact location or era, which only adds to the mystery in my opinion. Also, there's the whole small, tight-knit community with a whole bunch of secrets.

    2. Judith's bravery and resilience:

    I don't think Judith ever sees herself as someone who is extraordinary. But she is. What she views as defiance, I see as bravery and resilience in the face of circumstances which could have broken her down. Judith's reaction to her disappearance and the treatment she receives from those around her are atypical, and I can only admire her for her mental and emotional strength she shows as she endures this. Her concern for others in the wake of such events is truly remarkable.

    3. A sweet, honest love story:

    The relationship between Judith and Lucas is anything but straightforward, yet there's something about it where they're able to retain that childlike simplicity. You can see how they've grown together, and how much of an impact the decisions they make have on each other. It isn't quite your traditional love story, it's full of broken bits and shattered pieces but there's something about it that is still so pure, raw, and real. I can't tell you the last time I was completely invested in the relationship between two fictional characters like this!

    There are some aspects to this book that are rather dark. Judith is far from a perfect character, and makes some choices that I found rather questionable. But then again, who hasn't? She's a realistic character, not an ideal one. She makes mistakes, and I think it's most interesting to see how she follows up to those mistakes.

    I'm a bit iffy on the second person narrative, but I honestly feel like it worked well in the end. You learn early on in the book the identity of the "you" Judith keeps referring to, and I think the second person narration was important to really bring that character into the spotlight.

    Hardcover personally purchased. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Beautifully Written

    It was more than i expected it to be and i had could not put it down! The characters are well written and the setting is perfect! Fast paced and the love story is warm hearted. Its written in 2nd person which is normally something i hate but it works wonderfully with this novel.

    I love everything about this book and i highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and romance. Judith is a character you root for till the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    So good!!

    I loved this book. The writing was beautiful, the characters were so realistic, and the storyline was AMAZING. The only bad thing about it was that it had to end :'( I highly reccomend it.

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    Posted November 15, 2013

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