What I Saw and How I Lied
However, it's hard to pin down why it's such an amazing novel.
Sure, I could comment that the writing was flawless and brilliant. The characters were fleshed out, detailed and intricate. The setting was technicoloured, nostalgic and almost touchable.
But I think what really makes this novel is the gritty, raw, awkwardness of it.
Evie is on the cusp of womanhood. She's so close she can almost taste it and yet, she rankles ...more
For one, I loved the atmosphere of this novel. It gave me the same feeling of strange nostalgia for post-WWII America, the way Mad Men does - red lips, cigarettes, glamor and privilege, with a generous pinch ...more
so first of all, i love this title. i was supposed to read three books from the list for this week's teen class; i ended up reading five because i am such a super-nerd, but i think it is good for me, because these aren't the types of teen fiction i would ordinarily pick up - if i read teen fiction it is pretty much only survival-in-a-dystopian-setting kind of stuff, certainly not "first love in a complicated, postwar america".
i am ...more
This is a coming of age book set at the end of World War 2. Evie is a teen who's step father, Joe, has just come back from the war and he's not exactly the man she remembered. Joe decides that the family should have a vacation and then schleps himself, his wife, his mother and Evie to Palm Beach, Florida in the middle of god awful hot August In the days bef ...more
I enjoyed so much about this outstanding book. It was extremely atmospheric! The sense of place and time was skillfully rendered. I could hear the swish of skirts, smell hints of cigarette smoke and perfume and feel the humidity in the air. Set in postwar America, both the protagonist and the nation a ...more
I'm still pondering over the events of this novel. I'd say it's got a great message and portrays a time period that tends to get sanitized (oh sure, every woman from the 40's was a virgin on her wedding night - right) rather honestly.
Not sure what the rating will be - probably will stick to 4 stars for all the meat and thoughts it's dredged up in me.
Superb work by the author who wrote "Jedi Apprentice". More YA needs to be written like this.
Evie Spooner lives with her ...more
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Evie wants to be grown up, wants to fall in love, wants to stay in Palm Beach Forever. Enter Peter, exactly the man she wants to fall in love with, 23, Older than her and oh, so charming.
Apparantly he is so charming that her married mother couldn't resist either.... She tags along on all their "dates" and has been 'golfing' several days now. None of this comes out until, Peter, the Mother and Evie's Stepfather take a boat ride and Peter ...more
Personally, I am a fan of the author who builds up intrigue and suspense, who truly leaves you hanging, who gives you bits and pieces of the story so that you're racing forward to the next bit ...more
World War II is over and life is slowly getting back to normal. For Evie Spooner, that means having her father, Joe, back from the war and her parents back together again. On a whim, Joe decides to uproot the family for an extended vacation to Florida.
While there, Evie and her family run into Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served with Joe in the war. Peter is charming and movie-star handsome, and Evie soon finds herself fa ...more
But the book inside really backs it up. The author gives just enough information so that you *think* you know what's going on, but you're not *sure.* You THINK you're sure, but.....Plots twist and turn, characters are not what they seem, and then they are, and the ending is magnifico.
I don't think that the writing is stellar, which is why I only gave it 4 stars, but you can't beat this book for plot.
For kids who have to read a historical fiction, and don't want to, this would b ...more
Just a few years after WWII, Evie is almost 16 years old when her father takes her and her mother on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Florida. What follows is a coming of age story that centres around the secrets in Evie's family and how they relate to a tragedy they experience while on this holiday. The characters feel real (including how annoying it is for a 15 year ol ...more
From it's title to the last sentence, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED swept me off my feet and effortlessly took me back into the 1940’s with a tale rich in characters, mystery and atmosphere. This novel’s style is classic and graceful; people speak and act exactly how I would picture them to in my head, from Evie’s mother’s posture to the characters’ dialogue. The heat of south Florida, the beaches, boys, parents, the search for second chances and a ne ...more
The title says it all.
The setting is the aftermath of world war II. You can see the language used in this book is during that time, in the year 1974.
This is a historical fiction. There are a few parts of the story that talk about the war. Although my knowledge in history is like zero, I can still grasp the story because it's not focus on war.
The main focus in this book is about Ellie, a teenage girl who can't wait to grow up faster and becomes an adult.
After her father comes back from war, they...more
After World War II is over, Evie Spooner is happy to have her stepfather Joe back home from the war. She just wants things to be normal again.
Evie is dying to grow up, be a woman, explore, experiment, but her mother still treats her like a child.
On a whim , Joe takes Evie and her mother to Florida on a holiday. There they m ...more
Anyway, this book takes place in 1947, with Evie going to Florida with her mom and stepfather for vacation. There, they run into a guy, Peter, who knew her stepfather during the war, and clearly there's some bad blood between them, as Evie's ...more
It was one of those books that you feel was a bit of a waste of time because it isn't particularly clever, original or memorable.
I can see why other people might like it but I personally wanted more.
I will applaud the author on making it all come together the way it did in the end but in the end, I've read a lot of ...more
Set after World War II, 15-year-old Evie feels more like a kid than a mature woman. When her family takes an abrupt vacation to Florida, Evie sees this as her chance to transform herself into the woman she longs to be. She soon meets 23-year-old Peter, and she' ...more
I found the romance in this to be very insta-lovey and the main charavter just a little too naive for my tastes. There was also a portion of the plot that I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be obvious to the reader what was happening as I personally found it extremely obvious what was happening but it was kind of being 'revealed' as though the reader had no idea about it.
I did enjoy the commentary in this on how jewish people were treated in the United States ...more
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Judy Blundell has written books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers under several pseudonyms. Her novel, Premonitions, was an ALA Reluctant Readers Best Picks and was chosen by the New York Public Library as a 2004 Best Books for the Teen Age. Among her forthcoming projects is Book #4 in the New York Times bestselling series, The 39 Clues. Judy Blundell ...more
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