Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book Review: Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah is a liar. It's her father's fault; it's a disease that runs in his family. All the lies that Micah tells stem from this disease. Now she's ready to tell the truth, the whole truth.

It all starts when Zach doesn't come to school on Tuesday. Of course he should have called her on Monday night, she's his girlfriend (except Sarah is his girlfriend). If not his girlfriend, she's his best friend (but isn't that Tayshawn?). At the very least she can say they run together. That's what they are running buddies, except that no one (except Brandon) has ever seen them together.

By Wednesday, Zach is found dead, and Micah is one of the main suspects. Micah tells her story in "Before" and "After" segments, as well as giving you her "Family History". You also see her lies spin out of her control, and even as she gets closer to telling the truth, you'll find yourself wondering what the real truth is.

Liar is one of those books that will slowly bring you into the story, until you can not put the book down. Micah tells her story in a circular fashion, going back to events that she already explained to either give you more details or tell you the truth. Her relationships with Zach, Sarah,Tayshawn and her family slowly come to light, and you feel for Micah, whether that's angry, sad or sorry for her, you will feel something.

Because, as Micah points out, how are her lies any worse that the lies other people tell, if they are all lies?

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Looking forward to reading After by Amy Efaw)