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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
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Dec 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit, historical, tragedy, judaism, mystery

I was hesitant to read this at first because it just seemed so Atonement-y. But it really isn't. Also, it won the National Book Award.

It's 1947, and 16-year-old Evie's stepfather Joe has just returned from WWII. One day, apparently on a whim, he packs up Evie and her mother and drives them from their home in Queens to Palm Beach. There they meet a glamourous couple called the Graysons, as well as Peter Coleridge, a young soldier who fought in the war with Joe. Evie falls in love with Peter right away, and is so blinded by that love that she fails to notice that each person in their group is hiding a big secret.

Readers are sure to solve the mysteries faster than Evie does, but it's a page-turner even so. It's got a little bit of everything--romance, murder mystery, coming of age, courtroom drama. A great pick for teens--well, girls at least--who are being forced against their will to read historical fiction.
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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Sounds right up my alley!


Melissa It IS Atonement-y! Even the writing style is similar (if Ian Mcewan wrote YA fiction), the way it tells you the story but not all the aspects all at once. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing...


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