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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
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Sep 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
Read in September, 2009

“The match snapped, then sizzled, and I woke up fast.” From the first lines of Judy Blundell’s noir teen novel, What I Saw and How I Lied, the atmosphere is thick with tension. Evie is a normal girl, coming of age in 1947 Queens. Her father has recently returned from World War II, a year after most GIs got home. Evie hopes that maybe now everything will get back to normal, that her mother and grandmother will stop fighting, that the family might even buy their own house. But then there’s a call from an old Army buddy of her father’s named Peter Coleridge, who served with him in Austria after the war, and suddenly Evie’s dad is planning a family move to Florida. When Coleridge shows up at their house, Evie can see that he’s drop-dead gorgeous. But something about him certainly makes her father run the other way. This is a can’t-put-it-down mystery full of ‘40s glamour, and edged with darkness.

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