We are Becky Standal and Barb Lewis and we love books! You might even say we have a passion for reading and we really enjoy sharing our thoughts on what we think other might enjoy.
I, Becky, recently read All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry, an intricately told young adult novel that’s great for both teen and adult readers.
Four years ago, Judith disappeared from Roswell Station. Two years ago, she came back.
Judith narrates her story to Lucas, her childhood love, who she has been silently watching since her return. She is ostracized by her puritanical townspeople, who think they know what happened to her. But she can’t tell her own story because, for her safety, her kidnapper had cut out her tongue.
All the Truth That’s In Me
is a pinhole narrative, told with a narrow lens that broadens as Julie learns to communicate again – to read and write and, eventually, to speak – and to discover her individual worth for herself.
I really enjoyed this novel, which is part historical, part murder mystery, part love story, part coming of age. Both Julie and the characters around her are deeper and more complex than they first appear. While the plot unfolds, the truth of these characters is unfolding as well. It leaves you questioning right up to the end what happened during Julie’s captivity and who the bad guys really are.