All the Truth That’s In Me

After being held captive for two years by a man presumed dead, Judith returns to her village forever changed. Not only has she lost her childhood, but her captor cut out her tongue before allowing her to leave home. Barely tolerated by her mother and bullied by her younger brother, Judith must make her way in a world that fears and shames her. Despite these circumstances, Judith knows she is luckier than her best friend Lottie, who did not return home from the experience alive. Judith knows the truth of what happened to Lottie, the truth of the dark secrets of her village, and she must find a voice to reveal them before she is forced into silence forever.

I was a little surprised by how much I liked this book. I didn’t know until I started reading it that it was historical fiction (pre-revolution colonial America), and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Additionally, the mystery surrounding what happened to Judith and Lottie seemed straightforward, but there was a great twist at the end! The characters are all believable and each has their own “demons” to fight. I also really appreciated how strong Judith is. Living in a world that thinks you’re worthless can’t be easy, but she finds ways to cope. Overall this is a well-written, interesting novel that leaves a lot to think about.

Rating: 4/5

*Carnegie Medal in Literature Nominee, 2014
*YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
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