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If I Lie

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  5,501 ratings  ·  729 reviews
A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in the
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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If I Lie is easily one of the better written contemporary debuts I've come across this year, if not the best. It is powerful, thought-provoking, and is beautifully written. While it touches upon a variety of subjects and something or the other is constantly happening throughout the novel, at its core, it is a character-driven story like no other. I guess if I had to, I’d describe If I Lie as a cross between The Scarlet Letter and Speechless, but really, it is a novel that manages to hold ...more
Sometimes a moment defines you, defines how people see you for the rest of your life.

What an emotional journey! If I Lie by Corrine Jackson has been on my wishlist for quite a while because the premise hooked me pretty fierce. Now after finishing this novel, I’m happy to say I was definitely NOT disappointed. It was worth every minute of the wait and every emotional punch delivered throughout the book.

This book is packed to the brim with relevant themes such as friendship, sacrifice, loss, inte
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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This is just so so good, from start to finish. I'm still having a hard time putting coherent thoughts about it together, but If I Lie made me cry, oh, once every 75 pages or so. It's gripping, and touching, and altogether beautiful in several ways. This is a book that made me feel things (All the feelings!), that made me care intensely about its wide cast of multi-dimensional characters people; all in all, this is a damn good book and I literally ha

Bittersweet, and a real tear-jerker.
I found the first part of the book, all that hate and that mean girls situation a tad too much, it was hard for me to believe that a whole community, adults included, would react in such an immature and petty way to something that was absolutely not as bad as they depicted it.
At the same time I would have loved to see the mean girl put in her place in the end in a more satisfactory way and some other situations explored a bit better.

Quite an emotional read,
If I Lie is a book which puts you in a stupor of emotions that my feelings are all over the place about how I feel about this book. On the one hand it’s gritty, raw and Jackson’s writing left me in a huge mess. The unexpected blows kept chipping away until at some points I couldn’t take any more.

Quinn’s life is hell right now; she’s been tagged the school slut for cheating on her boyfriend Carey before he was going to be deployed to Iraq. Carey was the school hero; no one could ever say a bad wo
Kimberly Sabatini
When I was in high school, I became fascinated with POW's from Vietnam. I was haunted by the idea that these guys had never come home. Who were they? Where were they? And what had they left behind? I "adopted" a missing soldier and wore my MIA bracelet until it wore out and broke in half.

When I was in college, I was a girlfriend of a guy who was in the army. Then I married him--making me a military wife. I fell in love with this fierce, dedicated, kind, bigger-than-life community. And sometimes
3.5 stars

Quinn's first mistake: kissing her boyfriend's best friend. Her second mistake: getting caught on camera kissing her boyfriend's best friend. Quinn has complicated feelings for both Carey, her boyfriend currently MIA in Afghanistan, and Carey's best friend, Blake, the boy who held her the night Carey left. But when everyone in Quinn's high school and town sees the shot of Quinn kissing someone other than Carey, they condemn her as a horrible person. After all, who would cheat on someone
Jackie(No Bent Spines)
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Sometimes a moment defines you, defines how people see you the rest of your life. You can accept it or fight it. If your lucky, you’ll recognize the moment when it happens.

This is true for not only Sophie Quinn, but many characters in this powerful debut book.
Wow, this book was emotional and heartbreaking for me.

One word I would use to describe Quinn is loyal to a fault... although almost everyone in the book thinks she is the exact opposite. Quinn is keeping a secret that is huge, and tearin
Wow...Wow...I have no words. Like. None. They fail me...I've come undone...There are not enough words to describe the emotional journey this book takes you on. It is as heart-wrentching as it is beautiful.
This book was a joy to read, not just because of the story, but because of the way the story was told. Corinne Jackson knows how to tell one.
This book shows you what it's like to be human, to live with true human emotions. It makes you realize that no one's perfect; not your friends, not you
Re-read May 2015

Oh, dear… How much can you sacrifice in your life for a promisse that you’ve made and you don’t want to break? How much are you willing to lose, when do you start living your own life & leave the past behind?

“IF I LIE” was a deeply emotional story, I’ve heard that here and there, but never truly believe it. Until I did.

This story will shake your grounds, it will bring tears to your eyes, it will frustrate you to no ends, it will make you think about how much hiding a truth f
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
4.5 Stars

This book made my heart hurt and was such a thought provoking read. It was beautiful and the writing was flawless.

There was certainly a lot to take in with this book but I found I kept pace with the authors story and Sophie/Quinn reached into my heart and held it all through this book.

What a wonderful loyal and strong character Sophie was. She sacrificed so much to keep her promise to her boyfriend Carey that, at times, I was willing her to tell! I actually did shout at my Kindle once
Talia Vance
This book! I read this book in one sitting. This is the kind of book that takes hold of your emotions and won't let go. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, and in the end, I was just in awe.

Sophie Topper Quinn is easy to love. Branded the town slut after she is caught cheating on her war hero boyfriend, Sophie can clear her name, but doing so would mean betraying her boyfriend whose secret is not hers to tell. Doing the honorable thing comes at a huge price, as Sophie is bullied, ostracized a
WARNING: this book will make you cry, or sob, or wail

Ah, someone help me, I'm drowning in my emotions.

You know that feeling when you start relating to the character so much that you just find yourself sobbing for them? When it gets the point where it just becomes personal? When you're in so deep that you ache for the character so badly and just want to take them from the author for a while to comfort them? When a book does this to you, you know that there is some brilliant storytell
I am amazed at how breathless I am after finishing If I Lie by Corinne Jackson. This story is about Sophie Topher Quinn. Quinn's boyfriend Carey is a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. He was home for awhile for the summer. Carey told Quinn a huge secret that he made her promise not to tell anyone. A promise that Quinn has protected with her life. Its the middle of Quinn's senior year when the story begins. Quinn and everyone else in her small town has just found out the Carey is MIA. To make thi ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Sadie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is a difficult book to review. It *is* powerful -- and I do believe that an entire town built into one belief system would fall to bullying and shunning someone they think has broken one of the cardnal rules. But there it went on too long. I find it hard to believe that someone would hold that secret through the things that character went though -- especially with certain people.

Why does she not tell George who has basically figured it out?
Why does she not tell her dad who now hates her bec
For the first time since I’ve started blogging, I’ve not known where to begin when reviewing a book. Where to even start to begin in sharing my feelings about this novel?
You know you get some books where you just want to sit in a corner with it and bawl your eyes out? That was what If I Lie was like for me. But instead of this happening halfway through, I was reaching for the Kleenex about four pages in.
If I Lie needs no introduction, except to say that y
Well, this was fan-freaking-tastic.

I LOVED this book. Usually, I'm a really critical and hard to please reader. But somehow, in this last week, I have read FOUR five-star novels. Let's hope the good luck continues.

I really like Sophie/Quinn. She puts up with so much shit; harassment and bullying from everyone, students and adults alike. But she takes it all for the sake of keeping a promise to a friend. I could never do that. She's a very honorable person, to put up with that for a friend. Even
Aug 15, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! READ IT NOW!!! :)
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Two words: Truly amazing.

I could not get enough of this book! I loved everything about it. It was beautifully written and it was unique. I was so happy when I found out the secret Quinn is keeping in the first 20 pages. I didn't have to endure the torture that entails when there is a mystery. This does not, I repeat does not, mean that I wasn't tortured. Holy smokes my emotions were tugged everywhere! All of the different relationships that Quinn has had me on an emotional roller coaster!

My abso
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I don't know if I can write a review that will fully articulate the impact that this book had on me.

If I Lie is a contemporary read that is fully contemporary. It has none of those charming happy endings or fluffy kisses. Instead, it contains nothing but reality and the fact that even when things become the worst that they can be, there's nothing to do but remain stoic and keep trying to escape.

Sophie's story is not an easy one to read. She is
This is a phenomenal debut, one of the best that I've read all year. I was a bit skeptical going in - I had my doubts that Jackson could manage such a premise - but she proved that she can pull it off with skill and grace. Here's the premise: Quinn was caught cheating with her boyfriend, Carey, which wouldn't be a huge deal, if he wasn't in the military. Now, she's been shunned by all her former friends. Only, she didn't really cheat with him, because he's gay, and he told her so before he left. ...more
In a small town, it's difficult to keep a secret. If you do manage to keep it, it's impossible to get people to stop making assumptions around it to fill in the holes. For Sophie Quinn ("Q"), those assumptions began simply enough: she was the girlfriend of town hero and golden boy Carey Breen, a Marine deployed to Afghanistan.

This assumption leads to another when she's caught kissing Blake Kelly - best friend to Carey, long-time secret crush to Quinn. The initial assumptions turn sharply to the
Jaime Arkin
I knew it... from the very first chapter of this book I was hooked. I didn't put it down for 3.5 hours and I didn't want to, I had to keep turning pages to find out what would happen next.

Right off the bat you know this book is going to break your heart, but in subtle ways. I can admit - it takes A LOT to make me cry and though I wasn't crying while reading this, I was sniffling ... a lot. (I'm claiming allergies)


So here's the deal, Quinn, or Sophie Topper Quinn, has done something the littl
Amber J.
May 08, 2012 Amber J. marked it as to-read
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Billie Lawson
I am really happy my friends talked me into reading this was a touching novel that delved into love, friendship and loyalty. I really liked Quinn and I felt for her and what she was going through with the bullies she encountered in her community. I did think it went a little too far with how negatively everyone (including adults) were treating a young high school student. I wish we had a little more of a build in the relationship between Quinn and the two guys in her life. George was b ...more
Miranda Kenneally
Really good. I cried throughout the entire book.
Linda Sims
Unlike the majority of reviewers this book didn't quite sit as well with me. Quinn gets caught kissing a guy who isn't her boyfriend. Carey the boyfriend in question is the towns darling and local hero and is off fighting in Afghanistan.

So it's obvious there would be some flack headed Quinn's way. But not to the extent that happens in this IMO. Teenagers fall in and out of love and relationships, so would the whole town and I mean the whole town including adults treat this young woman in this wa
Wonderful writing; a believable character with so much depth, sorrow and anger, and who narrates the story as she goes through the motions of being bullied, instead of clinging on to some other guy for support; the romantic part is kept at a minimum--this is Quinn's spotlight; a few unexpected turn-ups, and a sturdy plot. What is there not to like in If I Lie?

It has it's flaws. At some points, I skimmed through a few paragraphs to get to the point: There was a lot of detail I believed was unnece
Jul 14, 2014 Jillyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jillyn by: Winterhaven Books Blog
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Minor spoilers below.


Slut. Traitor. Whore.

These are the words that Quinn hears every day in her small military town. Because she broke an unspoken rule- she kissed a boy that wasn't her Marine. Shunned, outcasted, and bullied because of a photograph taken of her kissing an unidentified boy, she's accused of cheating on her overseas boyfriend, Carey. But things aren't always what they seem, and the secret she clings to explains everything. Then Carey goes missing, and old hatreds are stirred,
Emily McMullan
Emily McMullan marked it as to-read
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Young adult author Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco and has over ten years experience in marketing. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her novels include If I Lie (Simon Pulse) and the Sense Thieves trilogy (KTeen), comprised of Touched, Pushed, and Ignited (5/27/14). Visit her at or on Twitter at @Cory_ ...more
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“Sometimes a moment defines you, defines how people see you for the rest of your life. You can accept it or fight it. If you're lucky, you'll recognize the moment when it happens.” 117 likes
“Some words hit you like a tree branch slapping you in the face. And some words rip into your flesh, leaving scars so deep, they never completely fade.” 89 likes
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