Saturday, April 24, 2010

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah might have killed her boyfriend. Her parents might be keeping her in a cage and making her take pills. She might be sent to a mental institution every once in a while to recover. OR She might be a werewolf! Australian writer Justine Larbalestier has written a book loaded with unexpected revelations and twists and not all of them are easy to swallow. If you're somebody who likes your books to end on a neat and tidy note, Liar is not your book. If you enjoy being strung along, page after page, wondering what's real and what's not, this is your book! Micah is, in her own words, a liar. The book is set in NYC and her boyfriend, Zach, has just been murdered. But he wasn't really her boyfriend. Or was he? Although the twisty story flared up my OCD tendencies, I found myself unable to stop reading, and even though Micah was clearly a master fabricator, I wanted her to WIN: to go to school, to get out of her horrible little bedroom and its cage, to have friends and a normal life. Alas... for more discussion on the book, go to Larbalestier's website. Liar has just been short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia's best book of 2010 for older readers. I hope it wins! Click here for the trailer.
Grade 8+