I don't know if I wasn't a huge fan of this book because I'm 2-3 times the age of the target audience, or the wrong gender, or because I list...more2.5 stars
I don't know if I wasn't a huge fan of this book because I'm 2-3 times the age of the target audience, or the wrong gender, or because I listened to an audio version (I still have trouble distinguishing between the reader's influence and the author's influence), or because it just wasn't for me. I could understand where certain parts would be really funny to kids (Yes, I loved all the ironies of librarians trying to hide the truth from us, and jokes about how reading is bad for you [When a book ends, you're either disappointed that a book you like has ended, or disappointed that you wasted so much time reading a book you didn't like. Either way, you end up disappointed. Maybe you should spend your time doing something else, like Algebra.]), and the plot was interesting and unusual, I just didn't *love* the book.(less)
Ech. This was just ... painful and hideous. I liked the first half (and I REALLY liked Channie Waites' reading), but the second half just completely l...moreEch. This was just ... painful and hideous. I liked the first half (and I REALLY liked Channie Waites' reading), but the second half just completely lost me.
The book is titled _Liar_ because the narrator (Micah) is a self-admitted liar. I don't mind the technique of an unreliable narrator, but this unreliable narrator just annoyed me. The lying and the plot in the first part of the book was actually intriguing, but after a while, it just went overboard. Practically EVERYTHING is a lie (and maybe even ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING), and she'll go back and forth on whether something she said was a lie or not ("This thing happened." "Okay, that thing was a lie." "Okay, no, it really did happen."). Furthermore, she admonishes the reader over and over for believing her lies. Sorry, but I don't like when characters call me stupid, especially when they do it repeatedly. If I'm so stupid, shall I just stop reading your story?
This book lost all credibility for me just before the beginning of the second half, and definitely the second half irked me. I would have given up on it then, but I kept hoping it would get better, and/or that the statement that opened the second half would turn out to be a lie. Unfortunately, that section kept going and going. When a new character came on board, I decided that the whole charade had gone on WAY too long. If I'd been reading this book, I would have started skimming it at the beginning of the second half, just to see if it eventually got better; instead, I was listening to the book, and if I'd fast-forwarded, I could have missed the big redeeming moment. However... it never came. So I just wasted my time. (less)
While on vacation, Norman Huntley and his friend Henry Beddow make up a story about an 83-year-old woman Norman supposedly...moreA charming, charming book.
While on vacation, Norman Huntley and his friend Henry Beddow make up a story about an 83-year-old woman Norman supposedly knows, named Miss Hargreaves. They *make up* the story. She doesn't exist. They have a good laugh at their joke, adding extravagant details, and even going so far as to write a letter to Miss Hargreaves. Then their vacation ends, and they think no more of it.
So imagine their surprise when Norman receives a letter *from Miss Hargreaves*. The woman whom *they made up*. How did this happen? Is someone playing a joke (a crank) on him? But no, a *real person* shows up waiting for Norman, exactly as the boys described her. So now that she's here, how do they get rid of her? (As Bill Cosby was known to say, "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it!")
Some reviewers on Goodreads have disliked the book, or thought the end portion was tedious. Maybe it didn't have the wittiest dialogue (although there *were* definitely funny parts, especially Norman's flighty father), or deepest character development, and certainly no provocative themes (although, I *do* like the idea of our lies and half-truths coming to life!), but I did think it was cute. Light-hearted isn't always bad.
"'Call her [Miss Hargreaves] X...and faith, Y. Well, X + Y = Z, and Z's reality.'"
"Creative thought creates." --> "Destructive thought destroys."(less)