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Everybody knows, nobody’s talking. . . .

Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?

But Jimmy was her savior . . . .

Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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This is not a book to "enjoy" or get excited about it. It's one of those seemingly rare books whose sole purpose is to make you think. I'm not sure even how to rate this book. I guess I'll see to that once I finish getting my thoughts in order.

Skylar Thompson (presumably the girl on the cover) is Jimmy Seeger's girlfriend. Yup that is her label because Jimmy is a person that everyone falls in love with. He is confident and a natural born leader. People feel this pull to listen to him. Skylar has...more
Caroline Bock
Aug 28, 2014 Caroline Bock rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
By Caroline Bock
Starred Review - Kirkus Reviews:
Author: Bock, CarolineReview Date: July 1, 2011Publisher:St. Martin’s GriffinPages: 224Price ( Paperback ): $9.99Publication Date: August 11, 2011ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-0-312-66832-7Category: Fiction:
“This effective, character-driven, episodic story examines the consequences of a hate crime on the teens involved in it.
Bock focuses mainly on Skylar, a shy gir...more
Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies

How do you decide to read a book? What makes you add a book to your 'to-be-read' pile? I'll tell you what: genre, summary and cover. We want to read something we will enjoy, we want something we will end up liking and it's not a secret that everyone judges books by their covers. So to me the answer to those categories have to fall under: YA or adult romance, pretty cover, interesting summary. Lie fit into all these categories so it was a go but let...more
Author: Caroline Bock
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Teens often have a code that they follow even if wrong. Loyalty, faithfulness and even fear will keep some from speaking out against those that they feel either keep them safe from harm or threatened if the dare to go against them. It you witnessed a murder and knew the outcome was fatal for one and injuries for the other would you tell? Do you think hate crimes and racial attacks should go unpunished even if you think they are wrong? Listen to the v...more
Elizabeth B
The reviews are mixed on this book and after finishing my ARC copy, I now know why. Even my own view is divided. The story itself is grippingly realistic and drawn straight from currents news topics. It’s exceptionally well done in that regard and the author has done a great job at balancing the character’s reactions to the event. Now (and this is where most people, including myself, struggled with the title): the characters are just horrible people. It is impossible to feel any type of empathy...more
Pam Steinke
4.5 Stars

This is the story of the aftermath of a hate crime. The setting is Long Island, New York. Those involved in the incident are Jimmy…a wanna-be military leader, high school senior. Sean, Jimmy’s best friend, high school senior with a tendency to follow rather than lead. Skylar, Jimmy’s girlfriend, recently lost her Mother to ovarian cancer, and is lost…Jimmy is her life preserver. And Lisa Marie, Skylar’s best friend, secretly in love with Jimmy, and tends to be an “athletics” groupie. Th...more
What a powerful read!

'Lie' documents the lives of ten people during the 'in between' time after the crime but before the trial. It's a tense and beautifully written story of the motives that drive people to act and react, to follow and even to lead. All of the characters talking gravitate around or are affected by Jimmy, the centre of the action.

Although we don't hear Jimmy's story first hand, we are told so much about his life through other characters' stories that we come to know him: his raci...more
Jul 05, 2011 Danny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: bea11
Wow... that was intense!!
This is the story about a lie and how one lie can go downhill and destroys people. What I found most remarkable about this story was the way it's been told. First person narration In alternating POV's, and not only the main character we also get the POV of nearly every person involved in this drama. It was amazing how Mrs Bock was able to get you in one minute in the mind frame of a fragile 18 year old girl and in the next into an police officers mind.

It all starts wit...more
Brittany Rehage
This was an intense book. Bock took on a hard subject and handled it in such an impressive way that this book will be sticking with me for a while. This is a book that will get people talking.

This book was extremely realistic and that makes it all the more shocking. To think that this book, while a work of fiction, is true in many ways was extremely powerful. I felt so much for Skylar, the shy girl who doesn't want to lose another person in her life. She knows if she goes along with the lie, she...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Review originally posted at Nose in a Book.

Let me start this off by saying that for almost this entire book, I loathed Skylar. I loathed her even more than her dumb friend, Lisa Marie. Skylar is the epitome of the clueless, obtuse, casually racist mentality spreading across our nation. I understand that Jimmy was there for her when her mother died, but she is ruled and controlled by her love for him. Everything is, “Jimmy said” or “Jimmy thinks.” I DON’T CARE ABOUT JIMMY. I already know he kille...more
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Whatever preconceived ideas I had about this novels were consummately shattered upon reading five chapters in. I went into this thinking it would be an angst-ridden, emotional tale of one girl’s struggle to balance right and wrong. Perhaps the most valuable lesson Caroline Bock taught me is that there is no simple answer, and one story can have many sides.

Lie is, in fact, told by ten different people. Each person gives their own take on what happened the night Jimmy and Sean attacked two El Sal...more
Oct 22, 2011 Shanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults (high school, college)
Recommended to Shanna by: Caroline Bock
The book wasn't what I was expecting. I knew going in that the book was basically about hate crimes. I thought that a lot of the book would be about "the incident". The built up to that Saturday night, the brutality, the mentality of the 'beaner-hoppers' and the victims, etc. I was wrong. The book is about the aftermath of that night. The consequences of doing committing a heinous act. The anomie and solitude that's coupled with guilt and how the teenagers cope with what's happened.

I love how th...more
Lie is an utterly heart breaking book about the decisions a group of people make in the aftermath of a hate crime. As someone who had a family member victimized by one, this novel was a very personal and emotional read for me.

The novel is told through multiple POV and I don't mean just 2 or 3, but 10. While this allows the reader to see how various town's people are affected by the event, its also about 6 perspectives to many. I felt that some of the impact was lost because your constantly jump...more
"Lie" was a story told by a lot of different points of view. The main character was a girl named Skylar Thompson. Each chapter is another persons view on things, but Skylar seemed to have the most to say. The whole book revolvs around this crime that has been comitted. In their town, it was popular to go "beaner hopping." That is when a group of kids (usally the popular ones) would go jump Mexican kids. Sean and Jimmy decide to do this one night. Usaly you just ruff them up a bit, not doing much...more
Before I read this book, i had never heard the term "beaner-hopping", which basically a hate crime against mexican immigrants. Yes, I'd be completly nieve if I didn't know that this kind of predjudice exsisted, but haven't ever read a novel regarding hate crimes of this nature, so it immediately intruged me.

This book took a while for me to get into but about fifty pages in the pace really picked up for me and a few twists and turns really grabbed me. This story is unique in the fact that it had...more
De titel Lieg voor mij van Caroline Bock (de Nederlandse vertaling van Lie) is al in het voorjaar verschenen. Deze recensie is dus wat laat, maar ook niet geheel onpartijdig, aangezien ik het boek zelf heb vertaald.

Het thema van dit boek is heel erg belangrijk: pesten. Maar niet zo maar onschuldig een beetje pesten. Nee, in dit verhaal gaat een stel tieners met hun onderliggende vreemdelingenhaat zelfs zo ver dat er slachtoffers vallen. Waarvan eentje dodelijk...

Caroline Bock schrijft een redeli...more
This was very confronting. All 10 of the viewpoints expressed in the book added another side to what was seemingly was a straightforward crime. I did not know what to feel about Jimmy - he confused me to no end and I couldn't wrap my head around his characteristics and demeanor.
This book i could not put down. I was trying to analyse every aspect of the situation and still could not decide my feelings. After finishing, i found that the characters stuck with me and still kept me wondering. I actu...more
This book was only hard to read in regards to the fact that it's sad to think that there are actually people in the real world that mirror the characters.

It portrays multiple viewpoints from people involved in a hate crime against two boys from El Salvador. Caroline Bock appropriately differentiates between each characters reaction. It includes a worried father who wants to distance himself from the crime so much that he doesn't even want to know the truth behind whether or not his daughter was...more
Jonathan Karmel
I liked that the book was written in the first person but from the perspective of many different characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I didn't find all of the voices of the characters completely believable. It seemed like at times the characters were thinking from the author's perspective, not from the perspective of an insular, working-class person from Suffolk County. While I could imagine a group of families perpetuating this lie on Long Island in 2011, I think there would also be ver...more
Well, turns out I like the book after all. The beginning was rather slow and boring, and just plain confusing. But as the story progressed it was much better. I liked Skylar and her dad's development of character. Also eventually doing the right thing, and ready to face the consequences for it. So Skylar was a rather admirable character. I can't explain the book. Like about the message/lesson it's trying to tell. I think you'd have to read it to really understand it and get the full message of i...more
I really enjoyed this book and disagree with some of the reviews posted here about the characters. I understand why people didn't like the characters - they were unlikeable, but honestly, that is what made this story so realistic. There ARE people out there who feel the way Jimmy did....there ARE kids who will follow people like Jimmy without asking questions...yes it is frustrating and you want to scream to Skylar to WAKE UP - this guy is no good, but that is what makes the story so powerful. I...more
Nov 05, 2011 Lauren added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
When I first heard about Lie I was instantly intrigued, because not only did the premise sounded relatistic and unique but it was also backed by one of my favorite YA authors- Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List. However, I didn't end up enjoying Lie as much as I hoped I would. For one, while the premise was interesting, I felt the execution was a bit too choppy for my taste. Plus I felt that it was bogged down with way too many messages, and due to the constant switching of narrators, I never r...more
This was good book with a very deep subject matter. Hate crimes...

This book was well written and I enjoyed the storyline. The end of the story actually brought tears to my eyes and choked me up....

The story was told from the different characters each chapter was from someone different.

There were no twists and turns in this story, you knew from the beginning what happened but even so the story held my attention.

I wish that you were able to see deeper into who Jimmy really was and the re...more
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I think YA readers will, too. As other reviewers have said, it is a novel to make one think- about right and wrong, life and death, love, and prejudice. It was well- written and I enjoyed the varying points of view. I also found it interesting that we did not hear from Jimmy directly. Maybe the author didn't want us to feel sympathy or understanding for his character/ideals? As an adult, I would have liked to hear from Jimmy and maybe a bit more from Mr. Thompson...more
Heather Zeppone
I really liked this book. I felt I knew the main character on a personal level and throughout the story, I was rooting for her to do the right thing. However, I was disappointed in the ending. I think it ended too abruptly and I would love to know what went on in the courtroom and the fate of Jimmy.

All in all, it was a quick read that I really enjoyed.
Dusti Hargis
Aug 30, 2012 Dusti Hargis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thinkers, moralists
I got this book expecting it to be suspenseful and on the edge at all times. Let's just say, it was definitely not what I thought. I had to push myself to finish it, BUT I'm glad I did.

If you don't like sad stories, don't read this book. It was a very sorrowful tale that just really made you think and question what you believe.
LIE made me angry. Very angry. And sad. I don't think I've ever had such a reaction to a book. Told in 10 different POVs, 5 adults and five teenagers, LIE is the story of a hate crime perpetrated by two popular, racist young men against two Latino young brothers. The older brother dies after being beaten by high school jock Jimmy while friend Sean watched. His girlfriend Skylar knows what really happened, but she has agreed to keep silent. Racism persists throughout these different POVs. At time...more
The story is very relevant right now.
Caroline did a great job with the characters,some of whom I didn't like at all. I really felt for the main character, Skylar.
The story line was very well paced. Loved this book!
Oct 05, 2011 Isamlq added it
Shelves: unfinished

i'll try to get back to this
I really liked the way this book was written. The story is told by all the different characters and unfolds all throughout the book. You really get involved with the emotions of the characters. Gook little read.
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