All the Truth That's in Me

All the Truth That's in Me

by Julie Gardner Berry


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From the Printz honor winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, a mesmerizing story about fear, love, and the power of a young woman's voice.

"All the Truth That’s In Me is that rare magical thing—a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose.”—The New York Journal of Books
“The love story and the mystery . . . are mesmerizing. Berry’s language undulates and flows. . . . Worthy of multiple reads.”—The Boston Globe

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.

The paperback edition includes an exclusive interview with the author and a list of discussion questions for book clubs.

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

Edgar Award nominee for YA

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title

Junior Library Guild Selection

Kirkus Reviews
Best Teen Book

Horn Book
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TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142427309
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 610,874
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Julie Berry ( grew up  western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband, four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers. All The Truth That's in Me is her first novel for teens and adults.

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No one calls me by my name. No one calls me anything, save Darrel, who calls me Worm. Mother never really tried to stop him. When she calls me, it’s “You, shuck these,” “You, card that sack,” “You, grease this down,” “You, watch the tallow pot.”“You. Keep still.”The warmth I remember in her eyes is gone, replaced with iron. Father is long-since dead, and the daughter she remembers is dead to her. She buries the name with the memory.No one calls me by my name.Younger children do not know it.I remind myself each day at sunrise, lest one day I forget.Judith is my name.


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Praise for All the Truth That's in Me

“effectively combines elements of traditional genre literature to create a distinctive novel that includes a powerful message about the value of women’s voices and what is lost when they are silenced.” —New York Times Book Review

"Twines lyrical writing with the sharp pull of suspense to tell a riveting tale of a young girl's struggle to reclaim her life."—Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied
“Powerful.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer
“While it is deeply poetic, the story reads like a thriller.”—Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

"Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story." —Kirkusstarred review

"...suspenseful and haunting. [Julie's] poetic narrative will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance." —School Library Journalstarred review

"heart-wrenching and...heart-pounding" —BCCBstarred review

"Berry keeps her readers on edge, tantalizing us with pieces of the puzzle right up until the gripping conclusion." —Horn Bookstarred review

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All the Truth That's In Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a busy college student, I don't have much time to read “fun” books. In fact, I read only a preview portion of ATTTIM before going to a Julie Berry lecture, and I found myself confused and intrigued by the first few pages. After attending the lecture and hearing a little more about the book, I bought it (also a rare thing for me) and couldn’t put it down for the rest of the day! It charmed me out of doing homework, and I closed it feeling very impressed. I read lots of books as an English major, but this is the best work of popular fiction that I’ve read in a long time.  Flipping through the other reviews here, another reader condemned this book as having a vague, cryptic style, but that statement needs qualifying. The novel is written in second-person voice, speaking the entire text to a "you" figure, who remains anonymous for the first several pages. This form is unusual, but was entirely consistent with the plot that Berry lays forth, and I found myself increasingly drawn in to discover who "you" was, what had happened to the narrator and what was going on in the town. The characters are crisp and endearing, the plot is clever and unpredictable. I LOVED the originality of the form, the storyline, everything.  I even went so far as to recommend the book to my mother- something I don’t do very often. Kudos to Berry for this brilliant piece of fiction. 
PoshMom More than 1 year ago
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!
MyHeartHeartsBooks More than 1 year ago
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
Marley717 More than 1 year ago
This book's setting did remind me greatly of the movie "The Village"...but it never explained where they are or what time period. I found this lacking because I like context. Otherwise, the story was heart wrenching and the characters were nicely done. Loved the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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. 
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Four years ago Judith and her best friend disappeared, two years ago only Judith came back,                    unable to speak and explain what happened. At least until her town is under attack. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book at all.  But, I have to tell you it blew me away, in such an amazingly, good way! The story was written in small snippets from Judith’s point of view and while I normally don’t like reading in that manner, I actually enjoyed this. Judith and Lucas are both amazing characters and the interaction between the two is amazing. The strength and integrity that they both show just blows me away. Oh and the writing that Julie Berry writes with is just beautiful! This book is definitely one to add! While I went into this one not knowing what to expect, I came out of it definitely a huge fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Loved the POV it was written in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seems so mysterious and well written i absolutly cant wait to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
iHEARTjace More than 1 year ago
When I first started this novel I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller. I soon realized it was historical fiction/romance. These are genres I normally don't read and I was a little skeptical. After the first chapter I was hooked. I would highly recommend this novel.
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
I believe I won this book last year some time, but I honestly can't remember who I won it from or when, so if I won it from you, thank you!! This book sounded so interesting when I entered the contest, and when I won, I was very excited. I had read the synopsis, but when I started reading this book, it was so different from what I expected! This book takes place in another time (another world possibly?); Judith lives with her mom and brother. She was kidnapped and held captive for years but when she returns home, she doesn't receive a warm welcome. Her mom is ashamed of the fact that Judith can't speak, or speak very well, so she forbids Judith from communicating with anyone. This book is told from Judith's perspective in 2nd person point of view. I don't think I've read anything in this point of view before. It was really interesting to read and I thought it made the story much more compelling. The way the story is written is as if Judith is writing a journal to the boy she loves, Lucas. This story was also so different from anything I've read before. The setting of the story was very unique and original, and the characters were quite interesting. I empathized with Judith because she wanted so badly to fit in and make friends, but is terrified of what people will think of her. After a great deal of confusion and miscommunication, Judith finally gets the life that she's always wanted since she returned from being held captive. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing more from Ms. Berry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is different then any book i have ever read. It has a sort of unexpected twist towards the end that I was not expecting. It was a very good book though  I really enjoyed it!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Four years ago Judith disappeared from the small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago she came back with no explanation, no longer able to speak. Shamed by her loss of speech and shunned by everyone from her former friends to her own family, Judith subsists on small glimpses of Lucas, the boy she has always loved, and the one-sided conversation she has with him in her head. When homelanders threaten to attack Roswell Station, Judith is forced into action as she tries to save the town that has all but forsaken her. Her efforts to stop the invaders prove successful but also raise questions about Judith's return to town and what she might have suffered during her time away. Judith has survived these past two years well enough. In order to flourish, she will have to find her voice in All the Truth That's in Me (2013) by Julie Berry. All the Truth That's in Me is Berry's first novel written for young adults. Written in the second person as Judith talks directly to Lucas, this novel is part mystery and part coming of age story. Sparse, short chapters and a stark narrative style make this novel ideal for fans of verse novels. Berry situates the story in a quasi-historical, quasi-Puritanical society. While this environment works well for the plot (and indeed creates one of the only scenarios where Judith's shunning would make sense) it is also a distraction that feels more like a shortcut in world building and research. While the society does raise questions about freedom and feminism especially, those questions become difficult to answer or even fully discuss with a lack of concrete setting. Questions about setting aside, this novel does offer a taut and atmospheric story. Readers are thrown directly into Judith's claustrophobic and often heartbreaking life as she struggles with cruel treatment and bitter memories. Although this novel was a finalist for the Edgar Award, it is surprisingly thin on mystery. Answers are sought when Judith tries to unravel the secrets surrounding the disappearance of her friend (a girl who went missing near when Judith herself was taken) but the need to investigate is not especially pressing until the final act. A certain urgency is implied early in the story as the homelanders approach only to taper off in a similar fashion in the wake of the attack. While there is mystery, All the Truth That's in Me is really a meandering story about a girl trying to find herself (and her voice) after years of being lost--a story, it is worth mentioning, that is told quite well. Possible Pairings: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Plain Kate by Erin Bow, Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill, Madapple by Christina Meldrum, The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni, The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare *A copy of this book was acquired from the publisher for review consideration at BEA 2013*
ChrissyWilkins More than 1 year ago
Julie Berry, author of this fantastic young adult novel, is full of surprises for her readers. Even from the words on the cover, Her words could ruin him, but her silence could kill them both, the writing does not cease to captivate. Interesting that this ‘teaser’ is revealed not even halfway through, yet beyond this revelation is so much more to discover about the protagonist, Judith Finch. This story takes place in colonial times, where religion is very prominent in everyone’s lives—if one person steps out of line, that’s it for their reputation, including generations to follow. Poor Judith has done nothing wrong, yet the townspeople look at her funny and do not ever address her. Julie Berry’s descriptions of the other characters are so realistic, because they are portrayed by the observant, thoughtful (though silent) Judith. I have recently come across the name of her style of writing this, called poetic prose. It is extremely poetic in how it flows and paints pictures, while the prose presents the dialogue, always without quotations, because it is transmitted by Judith’s thoughts. Through these, the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Judith, and her strong desires for another, always referred to as ‘you.’ Berry is so effective in keeping the reader engaged by way of her dangling trickles of flashback throughout the present, contemplative narrative. The reader simply cannot become impatient with Berry’s tempting morsels of revelation about the past events because even the present does not fail to shock, tempt, and deliver its twists and turns.
mymissiemarie More than 1 year ago
Gone are the days of picking up a book and finishing it that very day.  I am in college now and have to do things like homework that are little more important than obsessively devouring books in record times.  All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry was an exception to that rule.  It has been a long time since I picked up a book and was unable to put it down for reasons other than “homework.”  From the moment I started reading I knew that I wouldn't be able to get anything done until I finished it.   I enjoyed the story line. However, most of the quick action happens close to the beginning of the book, and the rest of the book felt a little slow to me. But I didn't love the book for its plot. I loved it for its language. The book is written in a series of short segments that could easily be classified as prose poetry. Sometimes they surprised me with their beauty. When I read the book, I got the impression that every word in this novel was specifically and deliberately chosen. That is what made me connect with the main character, Judith. Since she spent two years in silence, I think that words became even more important to her, even ones that she thought and didn't say. To others, Judith looked like an idiot for her silence, but in reality her thoughts were so precious and intelligent. That was the greatest triumph of this book, the message that sometimes the words of the quiet are the one that need to be heard. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the Truth That’s in Me begins as a very poetic narrative journaling of young Judith Finch’s life following her reappearance in Rosewell Station (an American colonial town) after being missing for two years. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of her return is her tongue, or lack thereof, because it has been cut out, leaving Judith unable to speak. Judith was never taught to read or write so the loss of her tongue leaves her completely estranged from her community and family.  Through the character of Judith, Julie Berry explores the effects of trauma that goes unspoken, of truth that goes unsaid. This theme of young women struggling to find the voice to express their feelings and history has been explored by other authors in equally moving ways. Laurie Halse Anderson shows readers in Speak the journey of a young woman discovering the words to explain that she was raped, and what that means to her. In All the Truth That’s in Me Judith is aware of her trauma, but she struggles to find a way to express to her community what happened that night years ago when her friend was killed and she was kidnapped. Whereas Anderson focuses on the individuals struggle to develop an individual perspective of a past trauma, Berry takes the same idea a step further by asking how a girl can reveal her past, her truth, without being ostracized and labeled a liar by her community.  These are important questions to ask and explore because they are educating the next generation of young women how to be vibrant. They show women how to reclaim themselves from the status of victim: how to control their own narrative of their life and experiences following times of trauma and great suffering. Though these words are now read silently in bedrooms and at kitchen tables, they will be heard in the future on different tongues in classrooms, courtrooms, and public forums—where women across the world will speak their truth.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Berry’s ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME is an amazing book. It’s one of those books that you pretty much absolutely cannot put down once you start, and if you have to, it’s all you’re thinking about. When the story begins, for a considerable amount of time you have next to no idea what is going on. That could have been annoying, because you don’t understand the backstory and nothing make sense. However, in the way that Berry presents the story, all that disorientation just makes you want to learn more. It leaves you so delightfully confused and bewildered that all you want is to consume more of the story and discover the plot. There’s so many hints that make so much sense now that I’ve finished the book, but when I first read them it just made me want more of the story. Berry gradually reveals the story in these tantalizing hints and, despite all of the hints you get, you still get a huge shock at the end when all of the secrets are finally revealed. The story is filled with beautiful prose and descriptions through the voice of a girl, told to the boy she loves, who has been holding in a lot of pain for a long time for the sake of a lot of people who have been treating her like she’s worthless and one boy that she only wants to be happy, not matter what it takes. Judith’s story is the inspiring tale of a girl who has remained strong despite tragedy, and the things she’s willing to do for a boy she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Berry is an amazing author with a wide range of books. All The Truth That’s In Me is a wonderful romantic mystery book full of great themes and well developed characters. First you meet Judith, an 18 year old girl that cannot speak. She lives with her mother and younger brother in a house just outside of a puritan town. No one likes her very much, or even notices her most days. But just because she cannot speak does not mean she doesn’t see what is going on. She is intelligent and clever and brave and very much in love with a young man from town. They used to be playmates when they were little, but everything changed one day when Judith was taken away. The mystery of her past and the trials she went through slowly unfolds as her thoughts and feelings are presented in short paragraphs that create this amazing story. This book teaches the reader the power of a girl’s voice and how bravery can heal most any wound. It teaches that the world is not some wonderful fairy tale where everything works out perfectly. Everyone goes through some trial or another, but if you can pick yourself up when you fall down you will find that you are stronger and smarter than you could ever imagine. I loved this book, I could not put it down. There is a whole village of characters that you get to meet, a great mystery to pull you in, and a love story to make you smile. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty slow in the beginning,but it ended up being a really great book!
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Worst book ever!the setting and time period is like little house on the prary. no electricity, plumming, modern technology. Not my type of book. But hey some people actually liked it so you might to. Just read the sample first. If it gets you sucked into the book the first few pages then this book is for you. but if the first few pages are boring for you, then this book is a lost cause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was impossible to follow along in the beginning of the book. You have no idea what happened to the girl or why it happened until the end of the book. You have no idea who the characters even are until at least page 70 :( I would definitely not recommend this book!