Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Everybody tells a lie now and then, right?  Sometimes we make excuses for it, like – it was a little white lie, I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.  Or – I had to lie, I didn’t want to get in trouble!  It might not be right, but it’s probably not that unusual.  Except – what if you lied all the time, about everything?

That’s the way it is for Micah.  She admits it – she lies constantly.  Except to us – the people reading her story.  She’s not going to lie to us.  Much.  Not about her relationship with Zach (boyfriend? friend?).  Not about her family (does she have a little brother?  What happened to him?).  Not about her past (is that really a giant cage in her bedroom?! What’s it for?).  She’s definitely not going to lie about the little family secret she’s been keeping since she was a kid.  And she’s not going to lie to the police when they keep questioning her about Zach’s murder – or the strange group of friends she’s made since the news about Zach’s death got out.

But when Micah said she was a liar, it was the only time she was telling the truth – right?

LIAR pulled me right in.  Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong, and I couldn’t wait to keep going to find out the truth.  Only the truth is a tricky thing in Micah’s world, so you can never tell what’s really happening and what she wants you to believe.  The story starts out a bit slowly, but it picks up speed fast, and then it’s a constantly changing view of the truth as Micah knows it vs. the truth as Micah wants it to be, and maybe, finally, the actual, honest capital-T Truth.

Micah is a great character.  She’s smart and fast and even funny – but she’s definitely a liar.  And because you can’t trust anything she tells you, you always want to know more.  When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it – wondering what I knew and what I only thought I knew.   It’s definitely a page-turner – and when the truth finally starts to come out, you’ll be surprised.

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