review: LIAR

| Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Today's Tune: Why Do I Lie?

<--- That book? Read it. Awesome.

Honestly, this book was twisty and turny and deliciously screwy. Micah's voice is rough, seedy, and oddly genuine. Given the fact that she's a complete liar-faced liar with a side of liar, I mean.

Yes, this is the book of whitewashing fame. I admit, the whole debacle over the coverfail was what informed me about the existence of LIAR in the first place, which I both find horrible and am thankful for, since I loved it. I wonder if I would have heard about it otherwise. I hate to think I wouldn't have.

LIAR is the sort of book that straddles genres in an effortless way that few can. I can't go into too much detail without giving major plot points away, but suffice to say Larbalestier makes the unbelievable believable in brisk, easy strokes.

She also does something many have attempted and few have succeeded at: she created a character who should be intensely disliked, but is somehow able to draw us into her pain and make us genuinely care about her. Micah is odd, aloof, and fairly mean. She's also a compulsive liar. Yet I spent the majority of this book pulling for her.

The style of the chapter breaks is something a little different, as well. A little convoluted to follow if you're not paying attention, but very clever. The writing is a splendid split between literary and gritty, while still believably teenager-y.

After plowing your way through, you'll still have no idea what exactly to believe. The web of lies is so flawless, so complete, it'll have you wondering what was real. If any of it was real.

Buy this book. It's worth your money. Plus, in doing so you can send the message to bookstores that consumers WILL TOO buy books with people of color on the cover. Win-win, really.


{ fairyhedgehog } at: July 21, 2010 at 8:11 AM said...

I'm not much into reading book reviews but this was compelling!

I'm not sure I'm ready to face reading a book where at the end I don't know what's true and what's lies. I really like to separate fact from fiction!

{ Theresa Milstein } at: July 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM said...

Sounds like a great book. I've read about "voice" and having an unreliable narrator, which must be immensely difficult to pull off. I may have to read this one. Thanks for the review.

{ Elena Solodow } at: July 22, 2010 at 6:29 AM said...

I loved this book too. Definitely one of my favorites in the YA genre. I was in Borders the other day and noticed they kept it out of the Fantasy section and in "normal" YA. Perhaps they're trying to keep the book's twists a surprise? There's no hint of it's true nature anywhere on the cover. I wonder if that's stopping some readers from picking it up, though. However, considering the main character's a liar, perhaps hiding her true secret on the cover fits well with what she'd want her readers to see. I actually bought this because it had a person of color on the cover. You don't see that much in the YA genre, and I was interested to see what it was about.

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