Monday, December 22, 2014

Liar by Justine Larbalestier


Title: Liar

Author: Justine Larbalestier

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Date Published: December 21st, 2010

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 384 (Hardback)

Age range: 15+ (for some language, mild sexual content)


          Micah is a liar. That's the one thing she won't lie about. Over the years, she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend Zach dies under brutal circumstances, Micah sets out to tell the truth. At first the truth comes easily-because it is a lie. Other truths are so unbelievable, so outside the realm of normal, they must be a lie. And the honest truth is buried so deep in Micah's mind even she doesn't know if it's real.


          I have no idea how I feel about this book.... I want to like it, but I really don't like it that much. It's so confusing, and it's hard to talk about without spoiling. Over-all this book was...a book? I really don't know.
          Micah is a huge liar. This makes the whole book kinda shady and untrustworthy. I can't read the book and automatically accept everything that I read, because she lies so much. Even though she tells you that she's trying to tell the truth, and she tells you when she lies (or at least she claims she does) it's still really hard to believe her. I hate reading books from untrustworthy protagonists, and this book was the epitome of untrustworthy. It was one of those books that you have to diagram everything that she says, and in the end, you have no idea if any of it is true.
          Micah was... annoying. She was whiny. I had no connection with her, and I didn't like her. I didn't like Zach either because of the whole situation with Micah and his girlfriend. Sarah was whiny, but she was one of my favorite characters. And Tayshawn was kinda funny, but that was about all. The characters were all over the place, and had no consistency.
          I did like how the book was told in a few sections: Before, After, and then about her history.
        Basically, I didn't like the book, but I want to. I really do. Sorry that the review is so short and all over the place- it's hard to talk about the book and not spoil anything.


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