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Larbalestier, Justine: Liar

Liar (2009)
Written by: Justine Larbalestier
Genre: YA/Fiction
Pages: 371 (Hardcover)

The premise: ganked from BN.com: Micah will freely admit she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s fooled everyone: her classmates, her teachers, even her parents. And she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as easily as breathing?

Taking listeners deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them — and herself — that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have listeners seesawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

My Rating

Keeper Shelf: there are very, very, VERY few books that I want to keep around to re-read over and over and over, but this is definitely one of them. The book engaged me on so many levels that I can't wait to read it again and see how the story changes. And because of the book's deliberate yet delightful ambiguity, this is a book I can enjoy over and over and come away with a different interpretation every time. If you're a reader who absolutely MUST HAVE a DEFINITE ENDING with DEFINITE ANSWERS, you may want to shy away from this one. But oh, that'd be a shame. This book is so well-crafted that you'd be missing out on a really great story. Like I said, whether you read YA or not, if you only ever read ONE novel in your life that's targeted to YA, you should read this one. Because it transcends age. It transcends genre. It's a memorable book that I won't soon forget, and once you read it, you won't either.

Review style: short and sweet and ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS. You will RUIN this book if you spoil it for yourself, even if you spoil yourself a little bit. The full review just lists five reasons why you should give this book a shot, so if you're interested, feel free to click the link below to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

REVIEW: Justine Larbalestier's LIAR

Happy Reading! :)


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 30th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
This interests me for some reason. I added it to my amazon wishlist.
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Dec. 30th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's not a perfect book, but it's very good and worth reading. :)

Let me know your thoughts when you read it!
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
What was the drama over the cover?
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Here you go: http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/07/23/aint-that-a-shame/

Note the cover I use in my review is the cover the publishers changed it too after the uproar. :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
You know, I've been meaning to read her (for no other reason that she's dating/engaged/whatever she is to Scott Westerfeld.) Now that you've given it such a glowing recommendation, I think I might.

Both Westerfeld and her did NaNo tips all through November. It was kind of spectacular.


Her blog, if you're interested.
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
She's quite cool. This is the fourth book of her's I've read, and she's got five total. I think of what I've read, this is her best, but I love the premise behind the MAGIC OR MADNESS trilogy.
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, and they're married, Justine and Scott. :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I really liked this book, but I think I am to gulibal for it. I just want to belive her so badly that I do, and don't really question what she says is the truth.
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I love this book so much and am now reccing it to everyone I know.
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