Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Liar, liar, pants on fire





LIE by Caroline Bock (St. Martins Griffin 2011)has at its heart, a hate crime and the lies it takes to try to cover it all up. Skylar is still reeling from the loss of her mother. Her father works double shifts, in part to control his own grief. When the new student at school shows Skylar some attention, she falls into a relationship so dependent that Skylar is able to rationalize Jimmie's odd behavior. One night, Jimmie and a friend beat two brothers, putting one in the hospital barely alive. Jimmie's friends all agree to lie to cover up his part in this crime. The mantra is "everybody knows, nobody's talking." Skylar is torn: she loves Jimmie, but she did witness the brutality of his attack. She has difficulty reconciling the two images. Multiple narrators keep this story moving along quickly. <556>

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a good book for young adults. Deciding between right or wrong is sometimes hard when it concerns your friends. Young adults need to realize that, as difficult as it may be, they must always tell the truth when it involves a crime or an injustice against others.

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  3. LS5385 This books sounds really good for young adults becuase of the peer pressure that Skylar may feel not to tell. Many young adults find themselves in these situations and feel that ratting out someone they care about is wrong even if what the person did was illegal.

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  4. Looks like an interesting read.

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  5. Great book for YA readers. Knowing the truth and doing the right thing can be a difficult thing to do as a teenager. Books that deal with these issues should be available for discussions and personal growth. Young adults can be very loyal since belonging to a group is very important.

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  6. Wow! That sounds like a really interesting book. I'm thinking of some of these titles as Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews. This sounds like one that would make my list.

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  7. This seems like a wonderful reading. Sometimes students need to realize what's right and not be afraid to speak out. This would be a great recommendation and a good reading as well for teenagers.

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  8. What a serious topic. I am very interested in finding out what Skylar does in the end.

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  9. This book sounds like it would be a good read. Many teens can go through issues like this where there is a big conflict and they don't know what path to take. I would like to read about the lessons Skylar will learn by the end.

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  10. Sounds like this story could take many venues. Several topics could stem out of this story. Many that teens could probably realate to in more than one way.

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