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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 . . . .

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Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Cara
Feb 14, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it
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
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Caroline Anna Bock
Aug 28, 2014 Caroline Anna Bock rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
LIE
By Caroline Bock
THE DEBUT YOUNG NOVEL THAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT===============================
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
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Elizabeth B
Sep 01, 2011 Elizabeth B rated it it was ok
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
Racquel
Sep 13, 2011 Racquel rated it liked it
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
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Fran
Aug 19, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
Lie
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
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Katie
Jun 13, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alamw12
Lie is a hard-hitting novel about being true to yourself no matter what. I haven’t seen very many reviews for this one and I have to say that I’m surprised. This is a book that deserves recognition and one that I highly recommend.

Lie is the story of a girl whose life is torn apart by a hate crime but not in the way you would expect. You see, she’s not the victim. She’s a witness and her boyfriend is the accused. Lie is all about what happened that night and why no one is talking about it.

Skylar
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Pam
Aug 27, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
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
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Marj
Jun 03, 2012 Marj rated it it was amazing
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
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Danny
Jul 05, 2011 Danny rated it really liked it
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
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Brittany Rehage
Oct 30, 2011 Brittany Rehage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Shanna
Oct 22, 2011 Shanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults (high school, college)
Recommended to Shanna by: Caroline Anna 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
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Shannon
Sep 12, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
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
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Charlie
Feb 22, 2012 Charlie rated it really liked it
"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
Laura
Nov 10, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Sandra
Mar 25, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emily
Jun 13, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
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
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Conkristador
Sep 27, 2012 Conkristador rated it really liked it
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
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Jonathan Karmel
Jan 30, 2012 Jonathan Karmel rated it liked it
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
Chloe
Jul 01, 2014 Chloe rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
Sep 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren
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
Karen
Nov 04, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
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 eyes...so 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
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Kimberly
Oct 28, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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
Karen
Apr 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Sharing lunch with the author at the recent NYLA Spring Conference, I came right back to the library and checked out her book. Caroline Bock knows how to write. Her attention to detail is applaudable. The cover is brilliant and appealing to the YA reader. Having just finished the book, the cover is powerful. I remember saying to her, I will try your book but please do not write about the High School Sports star being the villain. Page 1 paragraph 2 line 2 ...and is the star of the varsity footba ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
There are some good messages in Lie about morality and doing the right thing. Bock also shows pretty well the effects of a father’s actions on his children. Jimmy acts the way he does because of the way his father acts and the way his father treats him.

The different points of view were interesting. Even more interesting is that we never got a viewpoint from Jimmy, so, alas, he remains somewhat of an enigma. Did he really love Skylar or not? What’s really going on in his head?

For a moment, I thou
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Nikki Laucis
Nov 09, 2015 Nikki Laucis rated it really liked it
I read the book “Lie” and I found it to be very interesting. The author starts out with going straight into the questioning about the two brothers that were beaten. This story has four friends and a lot goes on in their lives. One looses a mother, two are charged for murder, one is in love with his best friend’s girl. You have to really pay attention to who is speaking because you find out little clues on what actually happened on that terrible night. These people have their own little families ...more
Heather Zeppone
Dec 11, 2011 Heather Zeppone rated it liked it
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 liked it
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.
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Caroline Bock is the author of two critically acclaimed young adult novels: LIE and BEFORE MY EYES from St. Martin’s Press. Her short stories and poetry have been published or are forthcoming with Akashic Press, Fiction Southeast, Gargoyle,100 Word Story, F(r)iction, Ploughshares, Vestal Review, and Zero Dark-Thirty. Her poetry has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and she is the 2016 winne ...more
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