The Lies We Tell
The Lies We Tell is a coming-of-age novel set in 1974, after the Watergate scandal has left the country grappling with an unnerving sense of deceit. Thirteen-year-old Martie Wheeler, whose father has suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack, is consumed by nagging questions: How could the president lie? How does a healthy heart just stop one day? Could hers do the same? To...more
This book tugs at the heartstrings. Martie is a thirteen-year-old little girl who's dad has died of a heart attack. She gets obsessed with heart attacks and always telling her mom and her older sister Blaire that she thinks she's having one. She can tell you every little thing there is to know about a heart attack :-(
Martie also becomes obsessed with these two little girls (The Hanley girls is what they go by) that were taken from the mall. Now, there is ...more
Their mother decides it would be best to move across the country to give the family a fresh start. Before leaving Martie learns of the kidnapping of two young girls around her age and the thought of what could happen to them also ...more
This was an enjoyable read, easy to read.
I really liked the characters, even if they were being hysterical, and telling lies.
The book gives you a great look into the family life of that era, keeping in mind that a lot of things are hidden and not talked about.
But it also shows that we, humans, need to talk more openly to each other, help each other through hard times, deal with loss together.
The 70's as a setting is what captured my attention. The nostalgia for a time free of internet and easy access is exactly what is needed for this story to work. For teenagers, this is a lovely read about family. With her mind on the recent, shocking disappearance of two local sisters in her ...more
Martie is a generous and observant narrator who shares her anxieties and many questions. She comments on her new surroundings, her ...more
Thirteen year old Martie Wheeler's life changes suddenly, when her father dies and her mom moves her and her sister Blaire to Milwaukee. Desperately lonely for her hometown in Maryland, Martie forges a long distance phone connection with the girl that has moved into her house. Martie is full of anxiety over her father's death, over the two girls who went missing from a Maryland mall shortly ...more
This was a coming of age story about 13 year old Martie, her older sister, Blaire, and her mom, as they try to regroup and start again after the death of their dad/husband. Martie gets a little obsessive about the fact that her dad died of a heart attack. She learns all she can about heart attacks and is paranoid of having one herself. She also tries her hand as a jr. sleuth when 2 sisters (the Hanley girls) go missing. With the death of her dad, moving to another state, new home, new ...more
"...It'll be okay,' I told her, awkwardly placing my hand on her back. Some people just knew what to do in those moments. Robin's mom would say something ...more
It dealt with a difficult subject: the death of a family member, and how those behind learn to move on and handle things. It was handled with care, certainly: the idea, often expressed in fiction or even by well-meaning people in real life, that you can just move on quickly and pick up your life like nothing changed, like your foundations don't need to be rebuilt, was ...more
My actual rating would be a 3.5-3.75 stars
Martie, our main character is plagued with anxiety that is very similar to the type I deal with on an everyday basis. Right from the beginning I could relate to her on a very personal level.Her anxieties where clearly brought about by the sudden death of her father, from a heart attack. She seems to have obsessive thoughts about bad things happening out of the ...more
Initially I felt I was too old for this book. Its told from the perspective of a very young teenager, and I wasnt sure that the emotional pull was there. I came away from the end of the book feeling differently yes, the heroine is somewhat childish, but the message here is disconcerting, raw and intimate.
At the centre of The Lies We Tell is Martie Wheeler, a young girl rocked by the sudden ...more
This book really pulled at my gut. I was attracted to it firstly because of its setting in the 70s. My parents are both children of the 70s--my dad was actually the same age as Martie in 1974--and I've grown up hearing their stories, so it was a lot of fun for me to read a book set in the 70s. I really enjoyed the author's references to news and products/brands; they make the time much more ...more
I loved the time period. I don't think I have read a book that was based in the 70s in a long time. It was fun to have the Nixon administration and Watergate woven into the story.
I have gone through some of the things that Martie experienced, definitely not in the same way, but I think that it helped me relate to her ...more
In The Lies We Tell, Holland deftly explores the heady topics of loss, grief, truth, and lies.
Set in 1974, Martie and Blaire have just lost their father, and their mother has moved them to Wisconsin for a fresh start. Martie is obsessed with the symptoms of a heart attack (what her mother told her her father died from), as well as the case of two sisters who ...more
This book centres around Martie Wheeler, a thirteen year old girl, whose mother decides to move the family to another city following the sudden death of Marties father. Martie begins to suspect that the circumstances surrounding her fathers death may not be what she was led to believe.
A book aimed at young adults, I worried that I would not be able to identify with the thirteen year old narrator, however, Jamie ...more
This story takes place in a different era. In a time when psychiatrists and depression were tabu and the notion that trauma cannot be simply denied and shoved under the rug wasnt recognized. A time before PSTD wasnt recognized at large and didnt even have a name and all you had was the, get over it speech. Not that were completely better now but in comparison weve improved immensely.
The author has ...more
Literary Fiction, Teens & YA
Pub Date Sep 23, 2015
I was given a copy of The Lies We Tell through the Publisher and there partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:
Martie is growing up in the 1970s the same year Nixon is impeached her Mother, her and her Sister move to a house in Wisconsin. A house on the lake a house that neither Martie or her sister Blair had any idea they could afford
It is in Wisconsin that Martie ...more
This book was fairly short, but it touched on some pretty deep topics. Marty is the main character. She's 13, but I felt like she was closer to 10 or 11 most of the time for some reason. Just in the way she was written. Her father died and her mom decided to move her and her sister to Wisconsin. Each of them are dealing with the death in a different way. Marty becomes obsessed with heart attacks and a case back home with two missing teenage ...more
Its 1974 in suburban Maryland, and Martie Wheeler is consumed by anxiety. Her father has just dropped dead from a heart attack, two girls have disappeared from the local mall, and President Nixon has turned out to be the liar of the century. With no outlet for expressing her feelings, Marties teenage angst is magnified by the sense of deceit hovering over both the country and her home.
When her mother moves the family to ...more
I didn't love this book. That being said, I read it in a day so it was definitely a page turner.
I think it was mostly because I didn't identify with the characters so I didn't overly like them. I know it's young adult lit. And I'm 24. But martie seemed very young and naive to the world and it was difficult to overly like her.
The book does tackle real life problems and anxiety is something pretty much any young (or old) ...more
This was a fast and easy read without being short of depth. You feel fully immersed while reading this book from the characters, to the setting, to the plot. My only problem is that while everything is wrapped up in the end I wanted more. I wanted to keep going with this story and find out what happens next. Looking forward to future books from this author.