Young Adult – Liar

Author Justine Larbalestier has, very understandably, asked that no spoilers be mentioned in reviews of her latest book. So the summary will be very brief: Micah is a liar, but she’s promised that she’s stopped lying and will only tell the reader the truth. Her boyfriend has been killed, and no one knows how or why. From there the rest of the book takes place. Everything else, more or less, is a spoiler.

This was quite a departure from her previous light-and-fluffy contribution, How to Ditch Your Fairy, or even her previous Magic or Madness series. Liar is much darker, much more complex, and, in my opinion, the best of the lot. The writing and plotting are tight. Micah’s reactions to her classmates seem very realistic. Even her lying is taken in stride as part of her character. The writing is fantastic, drawing one in and using language masterfully.

Definitely a book to read and then come back and talk to me about, since a need to keep spoilers from showing means I can’t discuss it with anyone who hasn’t already finished the book.

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