review: “liar” September 29, 2009Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: arc, book birthday, realistic fiction
Happy book birthday, “Liar!” Can’t wait to see you on the library’s shelf.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier.
Bloomsbury // ARC // 384 pages.
Reviewed from an ARC received at ALA Annual Conference 2009.
Micah Wilkins will tell you flat out that she’s a liar. Except, she promises, that this is the truth. Her secret boyfriend Zach is now dead, and she’s going to tell her story. Toss in some family secrets, the whole school thinking that Micah had something to do with Zach’s death, and her own tendencies to lie about everything and you’ve got yourself one interesting story and protagonist.
This book is an incredibly hard book to summarize without giving spoilers. I will probably pitch it to teens as “She’s a liar. Can you believe anything she says?” and hope that we get some bites from that.
I liked this book, but I’m still not one hundred percent sure about how I felt about it — if that makes any sense. It’s a fast, compelling read, and I know that readers will race to the end of the book trying to find out what really happened.
For me, it was a hard read at the same time because I had no idea if Micah was telling me the truth and had an even harder time trying to relate to her. When I found parts to connect with her, I had to sit there and wonder if that was a lie designed to make me like her, created by Micah to make Micah sympathetic. And then I sat back and thought about whether or not Micah herself even knew what was true or not anymore. By then, I had to re-read the last few lines to remember where I had been.
(Is your head spinning yet?)
That being said, I love Larbalestier’s writing and I don’t think that this kind of a novel would have worked with just any writer.
I’m patiently waiting for the official release date so that my teens can start reading the finished copy and we can start comparing how we felt about Micah. I will definitely be purchasing “Liar” for the library even though I’m still halfway baffled by the book.