Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

NewLiarThere will be absolutely no spoilers, not even a hint of them, in this review.

Micah is a liar. Nothing she says can be trusted. And yet she swears that she didn’t kill her boyfriend Zach. She had nothing to do with his death. Do you believe her?

Whatever you think this book is about – it’s not. I had heard that this book was full of twists. I had heard it blindsides you and leaves you reeling. I avoided all reviews and refused to listen to anything that might give away the twists. And still…I wasn’t prepared.

Last night, I read through the Part 1 of the book. The whole time I kept thinking, “Okay, where are the twists? This seems all pretty straightforward to me.” Part 1 ended on a bit of a stretched note, so I thought, okay, maybe that was the twist. No. The news wasn’t on yet, so I thought I’d read just a bit more. Page 1 of Part 2, I got smacked in the face. I didn’t see it coming. Despite all the hints, I never even got close to suspecting.

Funny thing is, awhile back I actually got THIS EXACT SAME IDEA for a novel I wanted to write. Not the lying part, but the stuff introduced in Part 2. I started mapping out the idea, fleshing it out, but realized I didn’t know enough about the subject/genre to write it, and I put it aside. I’m glad I did. I’m glad I didn’t invest any real time into it, because I might have been quite upset now. As it is, I’m crossing the idea off my list and grinning wholeheartedly because what Larbalestier did was brilliant. BRILLIANT. It was so much better than anything I could have done with the idea. She took everything I wanted to do and made it into something amazing. I can already tell this book has a strong possibility of becoming one of my favorites of the year.

I want to talk to someone about the book! Someone who’s read it so I don’t have to worry about spoilers. I told Jason last night, after reading the beginning of Part 2, that I needed him to read it. Normally if there’s something I want to tell him about a book he’s not interested in reading, I’ll just describe it, but that’s the funny thing about Liar: If I just described it, it would come off incredibly cheesy and dumb. But the way it’s written, it’s anything by cheesy. It rides the line so well! And by the end, you really don’t know what to think. It’s hard to even know how to classify the book!

Liar has been sitting on my shelf since I got the ARC at ALA last July (yes, I have the crappy cover with the white girl on it, which makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE Bloomsbury, even less sense now that I’ve read the book). I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it – perhaps the 300 other unread books on my shelf have something to do with it – but I am so glad I finally sat down and gobbled it up. I’m also glad I decided to give Larbalestier a second chance. How to Ditch Your Fairy was not my favorite book. It was okay, but it was a bit young for me and I wasn’t real impressed over all. Liar, on the other hand, is amazing. It’s a definite WIN for the 2nds Challenge, with my personal goal to read 2nds books only by authors that didn’t impress me the first time around.

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