How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Judith can’t speak. Ever since the horrifying trauma that left her best friend dead and Judith without her tongue, she’s been a pariah in her close-knit community of Roswell Station; even her own mother won’t look her in the eye. All Judith can do is silently pour out her thoughts and feelings to the love of her life, 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 by enemies, long-buried secrets come to light – the cruel become kind – and Judith’s world starts to shift on its axis. Before she knows it, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if what she has to say might change her world and the lives around her, forever.
200words (or less) review: All the Truth That’s in Me is a slow burner book, it’s a story that takes a while to set up. Much of the beginning of the book is about Judith’s losing Lucas to another girl in the village and her life within the community.
Lucas is incredibly important to Judith, saving him is the reason why she goes back to face her past but as the reader Lucas wasn’t all that important to me. It makes Judith’s devotion harder to empathise with whereas her fear of speaking I completely understood.
The second half of the book is when it becomes really good. Judith’s journey to regain her voice, her surprising friendship with Maria and the changes in her relationship with her brother were my favourite parts. The drama of what happens after the battle and the revelation of Judith’s past are equally gripping.
I really enjoyed Julie Berry’s writing and had no problem picturing Judith’s environment. I can only recommend All the Truth That’s in Me.