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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Great Read

    LIE takes a well planted step into the realm of new contemporary literature. While weaving a very disturbing story that explores a hate crime in suburban Long Island, the author, Ms. Bock, creates from several points of view, a "God View" of the actions, reactions and emotions of the characters in play. Ms. Bock manages to harness the perspective of ten different characters giving the reader a truly realistic feel for the events surrounding the teenagers in question. The reader comes away with a feeling that what he or she just read might actually have been a real incident disguised as fiction to protect the innocent.

    LIE follows four teenagers, after a night of questionable fun turns tragic. The teenagers responsible for the tragedy then pledge to stay quiet. The reader follows them as they continue to make bad choices and raising hard questions about morality and ethics that many readers will possibly relate to on some level. The dysfunctional Lisa Marie and the conflicted Skylar are two female characters that give the reader pause for thought. The author plays with themes that are traditional, but by no means old. She breathes new life into the genre with her style and well honed prose.

    Some readers may find the point-of-view switching disorienting or confusing. To avoid this feeling I recommend that when you pick up this book you accept the ride it takes you on. Don't try to impose "rules" that don't really exist. Take the time to accept the work as presented with the understanding that life doesn't play out in neat little linear vignettes. Life is jarring, it jumps here and there. Life is wonderful because it rarely reads dully from point A to point B.

    Although the story demographic is aimed at younger readers, adults will find plenty of good meat on the sturdy bones of this tale. The exploration of right and wrong along with the revelations made about how lives are impacted by other's actions is handled in a deft manner by the author. In short, LIE is a must read for the discerning reader looking for the best in new literature as well as for the casual reader looking for a read that won't disappoint.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011


    Starred Review - Kirkus Reviews:
    Author: Bock, Caroline Review Date: July 1, 2011

    *"This effective, character-driven, episodic story examines the consequences of a hate crime on the teens involved in it.
    Bock focuses mainly on Skylar, a shy girl, and on her loyalty to her boyfriend Jimmy, whom readers soon learn has beaten a Salvadoran immigrant to death. Although Jimmy's in jail, the police have little evidence against him. "Everybody knows. Nobody's talking," runs the mantra among the high-school crowd that knows full well Jimmy beats up Latinos every Saturday night. The author alternates short chapters written from different characters' points of view. Readers get to know the involved teenagers and their families, as well as the victim, his brother and their mother. By portraying, simply and without comment, the reactions of the various characters, the author conveys the horror of the crime and the devastating effects on all involved, including those responsible. Sean, Jimmy's best friend and companion on the fateful night, can't deal with his guilt but also knows he dare not tell the truth. Lisa Marie sticks by Jimmy with no doubts. Skylar never doubts her love for Jimmy but faces a difficult choice when it transpires that the truth must come from her, or it will not come out at all.

    Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important. (Fiction. 12 & up) --Kirkus Reviews

    Note: Kirkus Reviews is a noted publishing trade journal. I don't think you want my review of my own book:) Buy, read, judge for yourself.

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