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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
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Jan 02, 09

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2009

This is a turnpager, and I enjoyed the story. It's basically entertainment, though Blundell does seem to want the book to be more than that. She brings in the issue of prejudice against Jews in post-WWII America, and she also has the 15-year-old protagonist make realizations about right and wrong; she also makes a kind of personal reparations gesture at the end. (I'll be vague to avoid spoiling the plot too much.) But this is a story of adultery, possible murder, and lies. In other words, it's a noir story, which I'm not entirely sure is suitable for the YA book genre. Evie certainly goes through many of the issues that other teenaged protagonists experience in YA books, but the web of lies in which she becomes entangled is very disturbing. I would be uncomfortable if this type of book were to become a trend in YA lit.
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