Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

This book will be available in the US and Australia on September 29, 2009.


Micah will freely admit she's a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she's fooled everyone: her classmates, her teachers, even her parents. And she's always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as easily as breathing?

Taking readers deep into the psyche os a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them--and herself--that she's finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers seesawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 7/10
Recommendation: 9/10
Total Score: 62/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Quite frequent, some very crude.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: References teenage drinking and teen drug use, one or two scenes with teen smoking.
Sexual Content: A lot of narration and description and a few scenes. I would say it's PG-13.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Not for any squeamish animal-lovers. Several scenes of animal gore; graphic death; murder; some violence.


When I think about this book, I shiver. Seriously. It shook me to the core. Everything I knew about writing, everything I knew about lying, about characterization, about trust, came crumbling down. Justine Larbalestier accomplished what she obviously intended to do when she set out to write a book titled Liar--she made us ask ourselves, "What is a lie?" or, more importantly, "What is true?". When you set out to read this, accept that you will doubt every word that is written. As you should.

Micah was immensely intriguing from the start. The complexity of her thoughts and her actions and her past (or what she says is her past) is so in-depth and captivating to be almost frighteningly believable--especially when you realize with an amazed sigh that it is probably all one big lie. How can you a trust a person whose life is so strange, so crazy, that the most authentic-seeming thing she tells you is laughably outlandish? When, at every turn, Micah says "you are the only person I haven't lied to" followed promptly by a chapter titled "Lie Number Three" that explains how, when, and why she lied to you. The scary thing is, it's shocking every time.

With Larbalestier's manipulative, hard-edged, psychologically chaotic writing building a fluctuating plot line, this story is off-beat and colorful. Like a magician, Larbalestier distracts your attention, draws your gaze in one direction, only to cause an explosion behind your back. She captures the very essence of lying--the incomprehensibility, the bone-deep need, the human sense behind it. With a peculiar, troubled protagonist, the author questions reality, and asks the question: Where do you draw the line between what is real and what is fiction?


  1. I grabbed this book at ALA (though it was still with the old, stupid cover), but this is the first review of it I've heard. I'm looking forward to it more now.

  2. This looks so good. Looking forward to reading this in September. Great review(:

  3. I am sooo looking forward to reading this :D

  4. Ooh, I'm intrigued. I love books that make you think like that.
    Now I have to read it. Thanks!


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