23 August 2012

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury US Childrens
Source: Bought
Rating: Enjoyable

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and 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 naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of 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 see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly. - Goodreads

I've been looking forward to reading Liar for a long, long time. I think I first heard about it shortly after I started book blogging, and it's been on my wishlist since I learnt it was about a compulsive liar, something that really intrigued me.

Now, while I haven't given this book the best rating, I can still honestly say that I liked it and I enjoyed it. I just didn't find it to be anything outstanding!

What I really loved was the fact that the main protagonist kept going back on her word, and after she gives a few examples of her previous lies you're not sure whether or not you can trust her. The whole book could have been a lie, you really don't know! And that is something that I really enjoyed. It really makes you think and question the narrator and your own thoughts.

Micah was bloody annoying, but she was meant to be! I didn't get THAT frustrated with her. I mean, I didn't want to pull her out of the page and tear her eyes out, if that's what you're thinking.

I have my own thoughts on what really happened in this book, and it's nothing like what Micah tells you. But everyone can make up their own minds, and I think that's awesome!

For those of you who have read the book, do you think Micah was lying about her "interesting" family history, or do you think that stuff's true? Do you believe any of the stuff she said she did? Let me know if you're on Twitter, because I would love to discuss this with you!

In short, it's a great book if you're looking for something that messes with you in a less creepy way than some psychological thrillers!


  1. I've had this book on my shelves for quite some time. I've always been curious about it but I've put off reading it for awhile without ever really knowing why. Perhaps after your review I'll push it up the pile...

  2. I haven't heard of this but I want to read it now! I love unreliable narrators. They make the line between reality and fiction even more tenuous. Also, nice cover. It's nice to see an African-American girl! The YA world could use some more diversity.


  3. First time I've heard of this book. I think her going back on her word all of the time would have frustrated me no end :) I agree with C J that it's cool to have an African-American girl on the cover as that's still a rarity on YA covers.

  4. haha nice!! I cant believe the whole book might have been a lie! lol! havent heard of this book, but sounds like a load of fun! and the character seems like an annoying person, but someone i might laugh about! Great review Amber!
    - Farah @ Maji Bookshelf


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