Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Liar by Justine Larbalestier YP FIC LARBALES

Micah is a liar. She admits it and wants you to know she will tell you the complete truth. She promises. Except it’s hard because she’s been lying her entire life, but now Micah’s secret boyfriend has just been found brutally killed and all of Micah’s lies are making her look worse and worse. Can she tell the truth before it’s too late? Will anyone believe her if she does? Will you?

This book is like a puzzle wrapped in a secret covered in riddles! Micah is a total liar! You are always wondering if she’s telling the truth about anything that’s happened. The truth is that is what makes this book so fun. Micah is a really fascinating character and clearly disturbed. It’s a fun challenge to try and get in her head and make sense of it all while a murder mystery is playing around at the edges. I won’t spoil it, but there is a HUGE twist mid book that takes a realistic story into the realm of the fantastic. The tricky thing is if we are supposed to believe Micah is telling the truth about it. It could just be all a lie to hide her grief over the real tragedies that have shaped her life. There are no certain answers and about a million lies in this funny, challenging, suspenseful, and sad look at identity, grief, truth, and love. If you want something different and like a challenge this is a truly rewarding read. Honest.

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