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
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
Micah is a pathological liar who is dealing with her boyfriend's sudden death. The book is divided into three parts, (view spoiler)[Part One: Telling the Truth, Part Two: Telling the True Truth and Part Three: The Actual Real Truth (hide 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
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
Now Micah's boyfriend Zach has been found, dead, in Central Park. The place where they spent so muc...more
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
The most powerful thing about this book is that it’s told in first person, as a confessional account from Micah. She promises she’ll never lie to you, but yet she...more
I've written a spoiler-free review, and I recommend that if you haven'...more
And that's fine. That's the point of the book (or one of them, anyway), but I'm not sure it's sustainable for an entire novel. I'm okay with not getting any answers about what's true and what's not, but . . . I think maybe it went on for too long. I'd have liked it better as a short story. For a longer work, I want something a l...more
Full review (in French)
Micah ment. Tout le temps. À tout propos. Mensonges pour épater la galerie dans son nouveau lycée. Pour choquer les professeurs. Pour se défendr...more
“Liar” is talking about a girl who is a liar as well as a werewolf.
Micah is a liar whom you cannot trust at all. Her boyfriend Zach was dead and found in the Central Park where they spent much time together. Micah was judged by her classmates as criminal. Did Micah kill him or there was a person that hates him? It's becoming m...more
Date: April 19, 2013
Written By: Kings Wong
“It is a good novel of a liar”. When I first listen to the library teacher introducing this book, I was interested in this book because of the name of this book. This is an interesting novel with an unreliable narrator which I have read a book like this before. The narrator always lies and she is shocking good at lying. She is making you to believe with her “true and false” lies.
I have never read a book with an unr...more
Yes, her candor. Just because someone is a compulsive liar doesn't mean they can't be open. In fact, when the line is crossed from compulsive lying to pathological lying--which it M...more
Right. I have a bone to pick with this book. The beginning of it is ok- shifty chick who dresses like a dude, teased about gender confusion, hooks up with guy who likes 'em with an attitude, guy gets murdered. Okay- plot's a little vague, but whatever. We can deal with that. Then it starts to get just weird. The narrator spins tales about her life with her family and more stuff about school and she doesn't really explain anything and she's always...more
I loved it, though. The main character is flawed and terrified of telling the truth, and it can be hard to tell what's true and what isn't. Hard, but not impossible. Also not cut and d...more
But as for the relatio...more
(view spoiler)[I knew going in that Micah was a liar, so I decided that I would treat the more fantastic elements as a metaphor, or a distraction, or a smoke screen. Therefore, even though I do like supernatural elements in my books, I decided that fur/lycanthropy was not real. It was a stand-in for some mental illness, perhaps. She could say, “I’m a werewolf,” and that would...more
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|YA e dintorni: Liar, II settimana (15-21 settembre): Seconda parte: La verità vera||19||17||Nov 05, 2012 05:55am|
|YA e dintorni: Liar, III settimana (22-28 settembre): Terza Parte: La verità veramente vera||27||14||Sep 28, 2012 02:54am|
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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.”
Me or them?
Isn’t lying about love the worst lie? Isn’t that worse than anything I’ve ever done?”