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Liar (edition 2010)

by Justine Larbalestier

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Title:Liar
Authors:Justine Larbalestier
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, For Connections/Recommendations
Rating:****
Tags:YA, New York City, family secrets, running, mystery, murder, race, compulsive lying, unreliable narrator, relationships

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Liar by Justine Larbalestier

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    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (legxleg)
    legxleg: Both have unreliable narrators
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    Bringing up the Bones by Lara M. Zeises (meggyweg)
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    Fade by Robert Cormier (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: Both of these stories are about teens with a supernatural power/curse that is passed on in their family, that changes their lives irrevocably.
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When I was reading this I felt like I was a psychiatrist listening to a patient who had had a psychotic break. Surely Micah isn't sane! She has constructed a world in which she has rationalised events by providing explanations, no matter how preposterous they sound. Her narrative may be completely true, partly true, or (and I'm in this camp) not true at all. An interesting experiment, but it would have benefited from a judicious editing as I found some passages long-winded. ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
Wow, this was much tougher, more ambiguous stuff than I was expecting. I made a note to myself, once, flagging Jo Walton's statement that if you're going to right a book in the first person, your narrator has to have a good memory. It seemed to me that you could do it otherwise. This isn't quite that - it isn't that the narrator here doesn't have a good memory for things, it's that she lies about them constantly, correcting herself later, so that you never know if you should believe what she's telling you. She has a boyfriend, she has a brother, she turns into a wolf once a month if she doesn't take her pills - which of these are true, and which should you not believe? ( )
  jen.e.moore | May 24, 2016 |
What. The. Heckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

I can't review this book; I feel too strongly about it.

I want to believe Micah's final version of events. I really do. I almost can.
The only thing that keeps me from doing so is the "inconstant heart" references. She references this twice, but never explains it in the end.

I was really loving this book until about the last third..that's when it just got insanely eye-popping and frustrating. I loved trying to figure out the lies and the truth, but after a while it just makes your head hurt. I'm giving it three stars because there was a lot of squickiness and a lot of "Wtf" elements but on the other hand I really LOVED this book.
AHHHH you'll just have to go read it. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
What. The. Heckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

I can't review this book; I feel too strongly about it.

I want to believe Micah's final version of events. I really do. I almost can.
The only thing that keeps me from doing so is the "inconstant heart" references. She references this twice, but never explains it in the end.

I was really loving this book until about the last third..that's when it just got insanely eye-popping and frustrating. I loved trying to figure out the lies and the truth, but after a while it just makes your head hurt. I'm giving it three stars because there was a lot of squickiness and a lot of "Wtf" elements but on the other hand I really LOVED this book.
AHHHH you'll just have to go read it. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
I'm not sure I liked the ambiguity of the ending. I guess I'd hoped for a tie-up at the end to confirm or deny my own theories. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
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The chilling story that she spins will have readers' hearts racing as in three sections she goes from "Telling the Truth," to "Telling the True Truth," to "Telling the Actual Real Truth," uncovering previous lies and revealing bizarre occurrences in the process. Micah's narrative is convincing, and in the end readers will delve into the psyche of a troubled teen and decide for themselves the truths and lies. This one is sure to generate discussion.
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