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Liar

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  5,853 ratings  ·  1,310 reviews

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it po

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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dominic
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Zoe Russo
Jul 10, 2012 Zoe Russo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one, ever
Shelves: reviewed
What a piece of ****. The premise is intriguing- a story told from the point of view of a compulsive liar, so you can never tell how much of her story is true or what she's really thinking. I thought it would be cool, but within twenty pages I hated the character. She's nothing more than a whiny, self-absorbed brat with serious mental issues who lies constantly for the fun of it, blames all her problems on other people, and saw nothing wrong with (possibly- she keeps changing her story) sleeping...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Micah is a liar. You can't trust anything she says. She will lie about telling the truth, and she will lie about lying. Attention-seeker, the shrinks say. Jealous of her little brother, they say. Does she even have a brother? Maybe she just made him up. Maybe she didn't. Maybe her dad is an arms dealer, maybe he isn't. But there's one thing Micah's lies have in common: they all hide the real truth.

Now Micah's boyfriend Zach has been found, dead, in Central Park. The place where they spent so muc...more
Laini
Sep 06, 2010 Laini added it
I think my head just exploded.

No spoilers, but . . . when I first finished this book, I scratched my head a little and thought I *had* it, but I wasn't totally satisfied, and then I thought about it some more, and then the explosion, and I wanted to reread it at once.

The closest comparison I can think of is Life of Pi, in which the reading of the book is enjoyable but a little unsettlingly *off*, and then at the end something is suggested that casts everything else in a new and totally devasta...more
Katie M.
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Katie(babs)
While reading Liar, the reader is deceived from the beginning right up to the end by the unreliable narrator. Because Micah Wilkins, a pathological liar is the protagonist in this story and everything is from her point of view, the questions arise if anything she tells the reader is truth or lies on top of more lies from a very sick and delusional girl.

Liar is told in three parts. Part one is where Micah is “Telling the Truth”. We are introduced to the seventeen year old girl who lives with her...more
CaliGirlRae
Mar 11, 2010 CaliGirlRae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like subjective POVs and mindtrips
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Bern
May 20, 2013 Bern rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes thrillers. Or anyone that likes YA. Anyone, really.
As I finished reading Liar's last page, rereading its last sentence at least five times, shivers ran up and down my spine and my mind was overrun with the same thought, only it seemed like I was thinking it a million times all at the same time: What the hell did I just read?

This book is perfection. Seriously. Look "perfection" up on a dictionary and they should have a picture of Liar as an example. This book transcends all genres it is supposed to be to become more than a YA book with a really...more
Tatiana
Mar 08, 2010 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2010, ya, ala-ya-2010
Can someone please, please tell me what this story was about? I dig the idea of an unreliable narrator, after all, I loved both "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and "Memento," but these stories only make sense if in the end you actually find out what exactly happened. No luck here, I am sure Larbalestier thinks she is a mighty smart writer, but the fact is the book has no point, no satisfying ending and leaves you guessing if anything in the story was true. Not fair to readers IMO, I feel cheated I...more
Cory
Aug 28, 2011 Cory rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Psuedo-Psychological Thrillers
Recommended to Cory by: Sean Wills

I've wanted to read Liar for six months. Unfortunately, my library didn't have a copy and I didn't have enough motivation to purchase it. Now that I'm in college, I have full range to my university's YA selection. It's very expansive. I've had Liar on my desk for two weeks. I picked it up today and finished it in less than four hours.

Like Fight Club, or Psycho, or The Sixth Sense, I went into Liar knowing the big secret. That didn't make it less exciting. On the contrary, I wanted to read it de...more
Phoebe
Liar by Justine Larbalestier is, in many ways, a series of confessions—an apology for past wrong-doings, and an attempt to set things right. Just as Micah Wilkinson tells us, over and over through the course of the narrative, that she once was a liar, and just as she struggles (I think) with telling the truth this time around, I feel I must open my review with a confession, and a vow that, this time, things will be different.

My name is Phoebe, and I love spoilers.

I hate the tension and the build...more
Nikki
I first heard of Liar when everyone was talking about the controversy surrounding the original cover. I filed it away in the back of my mind, thinking of picking the book up when it came out. I was reminded of it recently when friends started to talk about it again -- through having read it, now -- and put it on my last minute Christmas list. Cue me getting it in the mail yesterday, and being almost unable to resist the lure of the first page, which starts with the hook, "I was born with a light...more
Sarai
This book was crazy.

Micah is a pathological liar who is dealing with her boyfriend's sudden death. The book is divided into three parts, (view spoiler). It's a big guessing game from start to finish.

The book goes back and forth, before Zach's death and after, as well as short glimpses into Micah's early childhood. After reading about her childhood, her family history, her personal...more
Rose
Initial Thoughts: Wow, interesting novel indeed, and not quite what I expected coming into it. I think part of my enjoyment of this novel came from listening to the narration by Channie Waites, but the other part was certainly following how interesting a narrator Micah turned out to be and describing these varied accounts. She may be a chronic liar, but she's certainly capable of telling a good story and making you think what might be the truth versus what isn't. I kept myself at an arms length...more
Cat Conner
"Liar" is an excruciatingly painful read. It is about a 17 year-old girl named Micah who is living with the ramifications of her compulsive lying and the death of her "boyfriend", Zach (I say boyfriend because Micah is actually Zach's woman on the side". Larbalestier splits the novel up into sections according to Micah's willingness to tell the reader the truth about Zach, her classmates, her family, and the mysterious "family illness" from which Michah suffers. Micah changes her stories, often...more
Chris
One of the best books I've read for those who enjoy a hearty, potentially contentious book discussion; one of the worst books I've read for those who don't care for ambiguity and frustration. Immediately upon finishing it I flipped back to the start and began rereading, until I'd completely skimmed through the whole book again. I've just browsed through the other Goodreads reviews here and disagreed with the conclusions reached by at least half of those marked as spoilers. I'm dying to delve int...more
Lauren
Aug 07, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
First off, after reading the book, the cover bothers the crap out of me. That girl looks nothing like Micah, not her hair or her skin color.

With most unreliable narrators, the reader slowly picks up on the fact that the narrator is unreliable based on small clues the narrator has dropped throughout the story. Here, Micah comes straight and tells you that she is a liar, that she lies about everything. Except the story she is about to tell you. This is going to be her grand entrance into the world...more
Rhiannon Hart
Micah is a liar. She lies to her classmates. She lies to her parents. A boy at her school has just been murdered--a boy Micah's been involved with, a boy who is someone else's boyfriend. Micah has decided it's time to stop all the lies. She's going to tell the truth, to you. The whole truth. Honestly.

Going into this book was a very unusual experience. I usually begin a book with an open mind, ready to fall in love with the protagonist and his or her voice and character; ready to sympathise with...more
Sierra Randall
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Sesana
Liar can be an absorbing and challenging puzzle of a book to read, rewarding almost as much as it keeps you in the dark. Or it can be annoying. Luckily, I was in the right mood to enjoy the puzzle.

Micah is our narrator and she is, as she tells us on the first page, a liar. But she'll tell us the truth. And the truth is that she didn't kill her Zach, her secret sort-of boyfriend. (Or did she?) Partway through the book, she "comes clean" again, telling us her true family secret. (This is where the...more
Rachael
The only honest thing Micah will ever tell anyone is that she’s a compulsive liar, and she is—a very skilled one. She’s tricked everyone from teachers and classmates to psychiatrists and her own parents into believing even the most outrageous lies—that she’s a boy, that her father is an arms dealer, just to name a couple. But why? Because for Micah, lies are so much easier—to tell and believe—than the truth. When Micah’s maybe-boyfriend Zach is killed, all Micah’s lies start to get tangled up, p...more
Lightreads
This is difficult. Hard to talk about without ruining anything, and also hard to really describe as an experience, let alone rate. This is a book about a seventeen-year-old black girl who is dating someone else's boyfriend, until he is brutally murdered. She's also a liar – whether pathological to the point where she believes her own lies or merely compulsive, it remains unclear to the very end.

Yeah, difficult, because there is a lot of really great stuff here. The three movement structure with...more
Gemma
Alright.

So, stick your thumb out. Start with it pointing directly up, and then blow a rasberry as you slowly turn it down, gaining momentum as you get farther and farther to pointing directly down. Finally, after its done a full 180 degrees, turn it hopefully back up about 30 degrees before finally just giving up and dropping it all the way down.

I believe this is an adaquate description of this book (if not the most elegant one). It starts out promising, hopeful, maybe even good. Maybe even awes...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
It is very rarely that I choose to read a book without knowing anything at all about it. Since I don't get much reading time per month, I like to have some idea of the books I read and also whether they have been well-received. Liar was an exception. I had no idea what this book was about, except that the protagonist, Micah, who is also the narrator, is a liar. Funnily, that is all you need to know. Anything else is a spoiler.

I've written a spoiler-free review, and I recommend that if you haven'...more
laaaaames
I had to down my starrage because the more I think about this book, the less I like it.

I'm sorry; I don't think it comes together. I get that it's not SUPPOSED to but I don't think that's fair. I really like Justine Larbalestier's other work, but her defense of this one reads a little "I wasn't GOING for elegant, Heidi!" to me. Sure, it doesn't come together, it wasn't supposed to! But even if we doubted what happened, couldn't there be... more?

Also I feel because there was SO little we could tr...more
Alyce
Sep 30, 2009 Alyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 15+
I had heard a lot of hype about 'Liar' before it's release - the cover whitewash, an unreliable narrator, a murder mystery, a glut of YA on the market, completely different from Larbalestier's previous work. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect and having read it part of me still feels that way.

I finished Liar in a single sitting however that wasnt the result of feeling any particular connection to the characters. I think that had a lot to do with the narration. Every character we met was displ...more
Tanabrus
Il libro è narrato dal punto di vista della protagonista, Micah, una ragazza povera e di colore che, come tanti altri ragazzi nelle sue condizioni, frequenta una buona scuola grazie a delle borse di studio che coprono parte della retta.
Micah ci racconta la sua storia, suddividendo la narrazione in tre parti: La verità, La verità vera, La verità veramente vera.

Si, perché Micah è una bugiarda nata. Mente su qualsiasi cosa, è nel suo dna, non può farne a meno.
Come del resto accade al padre. Stando...more
Sara
This book seems to have received a lot of good buzz and reviews, praising it for having a compulsive liar as a narrator, making her words and stories doubtful. For me, it really didn't live up to the hype or even make for a very good read.

Micah is, as mentioned before, a compulsive liar whose secret boyfriend is found dead one day, and there is an investigation trying to figure out what happened to him, but it seemed like this plot was kinda weak and instead the book just meandered along as Mic...more
AnnaBnana
The fact that I didn't like this book that much is making me feel like a bad librarian because everyone's been raving about it! I just can't do it though--I can't rate it any higher than "ok."

I was compelled enough by Micah to want to know what her deal was but ended up feeling frustrated basically the entire time I was reading the book. There was no resolution whatsoever and I felt a little like I didn't know what the point of reading this was at all. I realize of course that part of the point...more
Belle
Micah lives with her parents and little brother in New York City. She spends summers with her eccentric grandmother and great aunt. She loves to run. She has a boyfriend who has gone missing. And she is a compulsive liar. Talk about an unreliable narrator!

Liar is split into three parts, and in each Micah tells a version of what she claims is the truth. I loved the first part of the book and was intrigued about the unfolding mystery around Zach's disappearance. I couldn't put the book down. Then...more
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet...more
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“Really, according to the shrinks, I am angry at everyone ever. Especially them.

I am all anger and resentment all the time.

Not one of them has ever suggested that maybe I lie because the world is better the way I tell it.”
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“Who’s the bigger liar?

Me or them?

Isn’t lying about love the worst lie? Isn’t that worse than anything I’ve ever done?”
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