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Liar by Justine Larbalestier
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Dec 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: level-young-adult, read-2009, genre-fantasy, genre-realistic-fiction, genre-mystery, published-2000s
Read in December, 2009

Micah, the main character of Justine Larbalestier's completely mind-blowing novel, Liar, is just what the title suggests: a compulsive and pathological liar. She tells big, outlandish, and unbelievably believable lies about her family, her past, and most often, herself. When her sometimes-boyfriend, Zach, a popular boy in school who frequently went running with her in Central Park, turns up dead, no one believes that Micah had nothing to do with it. But Micah is determined to clear her name - at least with the reader - by setting the record straight and telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth this time around.

Unfortunately, having lied so well for so long, Micah has difficulty sticking to the facts, and the further into the book we get as readers, the more uncertain we become about the words on its pages, and the very circumstances of Micah's existence. Did any of this really happen? Is Micah who she says she is? How did Zach really die? There are many interpretations, which makes this a book that will not only encourage multiple re-readings, but many discussions and debates, and a lot of frustration (but mostly in a good way) for readers who like to feel close to their protagonists and for readers who like a more linear form of storytelling.

A word to the wise, though. The author says on her blog that you shouldn't read spoilers for this book, and she is right. The less you know about it from page one, the better the ride as you read it.

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