Set during the pioneer times, “All the Truth That’s in Me,” by Julie Berry is a gripping tale of hardship, sadness, and ultimately hope. The main character, Judith, faces rejection every day by the very people who are supposed to love her unconditionally.
Not only do her mother and brother reject her, but the whole town.
In a time when not going to church could have you put in the stocks, the horrors Judith faced made her an outcast. Unable to speak, and with no way to defend herself, we watch as Judith learns how to communicate with those around her and tell her tale. A tale that could either ruin or save the town in its time of greatest need.
When I opened this book, I groaned. The first thought that ran through my head was that I hated journal entry styled-books. However, I said I would try to read new styles and genres, so I started reading.
Within the first couple of pages, I found myself hooked. The book is so full of suspense and mysteries that I was unable to put it down. I was always guessing what was next or who did it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it was in no way the chore I thought it would turn out to be.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It reminded me of the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce. While not the same in content, they have a similar writing style.
Both are journal entry-style books written by the main character, who just so happens to be female. If you have read one and enjoyed it you can try the other, or vice versa, because they are both great books.