Liar | Justine Larbalestier

Compulsive liar Micah finds it difficult to tell the truth in the aftermath of her boyfriend’s mysterious death.

Awards & Honors

• A School Library Journal Best Book, 2009

• A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 2010

Review

Micah is the kind of person who likes to start rumors about herself. For the first two days of school, she had everyone convinced she was a boy. Later, she got them all to think she was the daughter of an arms dealer. With all the lies Micah’s told, it’s hard to know when she’s telling the truth. And all of a sudden, the truth is more important than ever: When Micah’s secret boyfriend is found dead, her classmates, her parents, and the cops all look to her for answers.

As Micah reveals the supposed real story of Zach’s murder, readers will have to decide for themselves whether they trust this unreliable narrator. Larbalestier’s talent for suspense will keep the pages turning as fast as Micah runs through the streets of New York City, especially after shocking twist halfway through the book. What happens next? That depends on who, and what, you believe.

Larbalestier, Justine. Liar. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.

Reviewed from library copy.

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April 5, 2010. Tags: , , . High School, Paranormal, Realistic.

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