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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Liars

After reading the reviews posted here, I was compelled to write one of my own. Many readers are frustrated with the presence of lies within the writing, but then they say the characters are unbelievable. A little oxymoronic, no? You expect a believable liar to tell y...
After reading the reviews posted here, I was compelled to write one of my own. Many readers are frustrated with the presence of lies within the writing, but then they say the characters are unbelievable. A little oxymoronic, no? You expect a believable liar to tell you the whole truth. Interesting. The book was engaging, intelligent, and it held me to keep reading--solely because I wanted to know the truth. When I found that she lied, I always read faithfully on.

posted by jeffrey_stump on February 28, 2010

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Depends on your taste in literature

In the book "LIAR" by justine Larbalestier the main character, Micah, promises to tell you the truth about her life. But Micah's never told the truth to anyone, not her parents, not her friends, not anyone, and sometimes she has trouble remembering what the truth really...
In the book "LIAR" by justine Larbalestier the main character, Micah, promises to tell you the truth about her life. But Micah's never told the truth to anyone, not her parents, not her friends, not anyone, and sometimes she has trouble remembering what the truth really is.At the beginning of the Micah tells you how she came to find out that her secret boyfriend, Zach, has been savagely murdered. She then introduces two characters that come up later in the book, Sarah,Zach's other girlfriend; and Tayshawn, Zach's best friend. She then goes on to switching back and forth from telling you about her past to her present, explaining her time spent with Zach and her "family ilness", which is another main part of the plot. This story overall does not have much of a climax as the character is never in any real threat of danger. However, if there were two main events that had an effect on the plot, it would be the first and second time that she reveals that she has not told you the honest truth. The first time makes you think that she will now be telling you what really happened, but when she then reveals for the second time that she has not told you the truth, you start to doubt whether anything she is telling you is true. I thought this book was as a whole, ok, but there were many thing that it would have been better without. One of these is the constant alternating between her explaining her past and her present every two pages or so. I found this made it very difficult to really get into the story, which made reading it a less enjoyable experience. I think it would have been better had it been in chapters of 5 or 6 pages each. I liked the idea that the author was going for, that you had an unreliable narrator telling you what she knew about the murder and having to figure out the truth, but the way it was executed kept me from fully appreciating it. It may have been the fact that when I picked up this book, I expected it to be a mystery book, but instead it was more of a blend between fiction and fantasy with a slight a bit of a mystery to drive the story. I also disliked the way it portrayed the relationship between her and Zach. She claims that she loves him but the way she describes him does not make him a very like-able character. He takes to having another girlfriend, Sarah, because he's afraid he'd lose his popularity if he admitted to dating Micah and on top of that does not treat her very well. I'm not sure whether the author was trying to portray their relationship as romantic, but if so, it did not come off that way. Truthfully, I wish i had not spent my money on this book and I'd be rather reluctant to recommend this book to someone. If you still truly desire to read this book, i suggest going to a library or borrowing it from a friend.

posted by 10893410 on January 29, 2012

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy this!

    Micah has a problem - and it has nothing to do with her being allergic to the truth. Her not-boyfriend-although-secretly-sneaking-around-with-him boy friend has been murdered, and she may or may not know the who and the why and the how. But that's not the problem. No, the problem is that lying has become natural to Micah as breathing - and so no one will even believe her if she comes forward with anything close to the truth. As far as Micah is concerned, the truth gets hairier by the second.

    You may remember my less-than-stellar review of Justine Larbalestier's debut How To Ditch Your Fairy, so pardon me when I admit that I waited a while before I dived into LIAR despite seeing positive reviews. Boy, did I miss out! LIAR reminded me of FIGHT CLUB or A BEAUTIFUL MIND where nothing is what they seem - and you have a less-than-reliable narrator who will keep you guessing until the end. Except Justine Larbalestier leaves readers with a BETTER Gordian knot to unravel. There were some slow moments, but they were deliciously intertwined with more complicated happenings that will give readers some time to digest the lies and truths Micah admits - particularly when they take an unexpected detour to the paranormal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Good

    I enjoyed the book but I can't say it was much of a thrillar.

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