If I Lie

If I Lie

by Corrine Jackson
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If I Lie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
VeraciousRose More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that shakes you up, that keeps you turning the pages with a fast paced plot and motivated characters, but then it levels up and makes you think about the cost of freedom. It makes you realize that integrity can be a lonely place. It makes you hope that you've never muddied up your feet in the grey swamp of judgement. This is realistic fiction at its very best - if you enjoy books by Laurie Halse Anderson and John Green, I highly recommend IF I LIE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of heart and dose not take the easy way out. We see the struggle and fight in the story. This is a must read book!
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
When I was in high school, I became fascinated with POW's from Vietnam. I was haunted by the idea that these guys had never come home. Who were they? Where were they? And what had they left behind? I "adopted" a missing soldier and wore my MIA bracelet until it wore out and broke in half. When I was in college, I was a girlfriend of a guy who was in the army. Then I married him--making me a military wife. I fell in love with this fierce, dedicated, kind, bigger-than-life community. And sometimes I hated being just another piece in a finely tuned machine--even it it was made up of some very wonderful people. Sometimes I felt a little lost. I didn't always like who I was supposed to be and what was expected of me. I didn't know it then, but I was a girl who had things to say--weird, slightly off center things to say--and not speaking them was a bit unhealthy. So, I related to Quinn--having lived that life with my own kind of secrets pushed down inside me. I'm sharing this information with you because I want you to know, that in my opinion, Corrine Jackson got it right. As I read her words, it took me back... I'm a huge fan of authors who create people with depth. I like to see the characters have faults AND triumphs. Not only did Jackson do this seamlessly, but she also accomplished this with her presentation of the military. I both loved and hated the institution and it's affect on those involved in it--just like I did in real life. She didn't use hero worship and she didn't demonize either. She simply acknowledged that like all of us, it is made up of the good and the bad. I was also grateful to see her humorous and touching relationship with an elderly veteran, George. I have always had a soft spot for the older generation. I think they are gifts that we often let pass us by. Jackson brought me to tears with her gentle reminder that it takes only one person to make a difference in someone else's life. IF I LIE is a well written, beautifully balanced, heart-wrenching book that is about so much more than a snapshot of people in a small military town. I hope it moves you as much as it did me.
Ray10101 More than 1 year ago
Unforgettable, delightful, special
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I Lie is about a young girl, Sophie Topper Quinn, who goes by Q because her father doesn’t want to have a reminder of her mother who left them years ago to be with her dad’s brother. Quinn is detested by her father and the rest of her small military town. All because of a photo that is leaked on the internet of her cheating on her deployed boyfriend, Carey. Now known as a cheater, traitor, and slut, she is torn about whether to keep the secret and continue to be hated or tell the truth and lose Carey’s trust. But since Carey is MIA, her decision is made even more difficult. Quinn is brave and loyal. She loves Carey and wants to make sure he is protected. But by doing that, it is affecting every area of her life. I don't think I would have had the courage she had to keep a secret so admirably. All of the characters were presented clearly and effectively. Each of them had a definite personality. My personal favorite was George, her best friend at the veteran hospital. His outlook on life was refreshing. I cried multiple times when both he and Q interacted. The ending was well written and answered all the unanswered questions. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good read. 
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
“If I Lie” has been on my to-read shelf forever, hiding amongst all of the bright covers and eloquent summaries. It has a simple cover and a no-frills synopsis. I’m currently cursing my tendency to gravitate towards aforementioned glamorous covers and summaries because I wish I’d read “If I Lie” sooner. Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town. Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. This book is utterly H-E-A-R-T-B-R-E-A-K-I-N-G. And, yes, I really did needed to spell it out for emphasis. It isn’t a sad book—it does have sad moments, though. It’s painfully truthful, and it explores human emotion tremendously well; that’s what makes it heartbreaking. The beautiful writing certainly doesn’t help stop the leaking tears either. "One... two... three... One… two— I am bits of who everyone thinks I am. One... Blake’s Q. Two... Carey’s Quinn. Three… Sophie Jr., taking after her w**re mom. Four... middle name Topper for Uncle Eddy the Honorable. Which piece is really me? I’m plummeting and terrified of hitting rock bottom. I want to be someone new. Sophie Topper Quinn, no more." Jackson also does a great job of highlighting sensitive topics, such as cheating, homosexuality, abuse, bad parent-child relationships, the brutal effect of war, etc. The main character’s mom walked out of her life years ago (with her dad’s brother, nonetheless). Her father treats her with cold indifference because she looks like her Mom. Many characters came of the battlefield with scars inside and out. Many have parents that did. I also feel the need to point out that there is lots of photography in “If I Lie.” Quinn uses it as a form of expression, a way to forget all of the s**t that comes her way. I’ve always loved photography, so it really helped me click with Quinn. The characters in “If I Lie” are amazingly realistic; they’re all layered in the way that only human beings can be, an exterior hiding secrets and emotions. I don’t think I hated any character. Not even the bully because I know her reason for being one—not that that justifies bullying. I just want to go through and list a few of the characters that stuck out to me. George: he was one of my favorites because, even though he’s a cranky old man (kind of like my grandpa), he’s a tremendously kind person. He’s been through war. He knows not to waste life by seeing only the dirty misconceptions. He sees Quinn for who she really is. Plus, he’s hilarious. Sophie Topper Quinn or just Quinn: her life sucks. Her mom is a two-timing b***h who ran off with her uncle, leaving her with a cold father who sees a copy of her mother every time he looks at her. Especially when she’s labeled a cheater. That’s the key word: labeled. Sophie didn’t really cheat on Carey; they broke up, but maintained appearances because of his secret. If I was in her place, I don’t know if I would’ve kept his secret. It makes you wonder: Am I a good enough person? Would I have protected my ex like that, even if I did still love him (as a best friend)? Carey: I really want to hate him for making Quinn hide his secret. It‘s a selfish and cowardly thing for him to do. But, somehow Jackson manages to highlight his and Quinn’s past in a way that makes him hard to hate. Blake aka Carey’s best friend and the guy that Quinn “cheated” on Carey with: he is certainly no knight in shining armor. No one knows that he’s the guy that Sophie was caught in a scandalous embrace with—it was a pretty bad picture taken on someone’s phone. If they did, everyone would hate him. He can’t let that happen because he made a promise to take care of Carey’s parents in his place; he can’t risk revealing the truth because it means breaking his promise to his missing best friend. Hiding the fact that he “stole” his best friend’s girlfriend makes him just as cowardly as Carey, doesn’t it? But, isn’t fear a part of human nature? He does actually care for Quinn. A lot. And he makes that clear by trying to protect her, even when he’s too afraid to step into the gunfire with her. The broken relationship he has with Quinn is definitely another heartbreaking factor in this book. I’m still trying to decide whether I love the ending or hate it. The ending is all about forgiveness and starting over. Quinn chooses herself instead of making a decision because of a guy, and that’s really refreshing. The ending fit the book really well, but things definitely didn’t turn out the way I hoped they would. I really can’t say anything else about it without spoiling the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AH-MAZING AND I LOVED IT!!! I loved how the author put some plot twist to keep it interesting. What i didnt like was how everyone just turned against her. So what if people cheat, friends cant just abandon you like that. I feel like the whole town was to be blamed and this ordeal wouldve gone smoother if she would've had any supporters in the midst of shame she was put upon. ~Bree
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this book blew me away.  There were several points and times where it put me in tears and my husband came through and asked me if I was okay, that is how emotional it made me.  Quinn's character was so strong and took so much abuse from so many people, her father, her so called friends, even the boy who claims to be in love with her. Seriously, this is the kind of emotions that a truly talented author should be able to stir up in you.  I loved this book and would absolutely recommend it to someone else.  Just make sure that you have a few tissues near by, cause it really pulls on the heart strings.   I can't get into too much more detail without giving away too much of the plot, but trust me, this is one to add to your to be read pile! So far my favorite book of the year, hands down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good book if you likevit then might as well as read it dont yiu think i finished this book just resently
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** If I Lie by Corrine Jackson Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: Copy sent from the author Summary (from Goodreads): A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception. Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town. Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. What I Liked: I have not read many books dealing with the military (other than Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, which I read AFTER I read this book), so I was not sure what to expect from this book. I have to say, this book pulled at my hearstrings and made me want to cry many, many times (and I am NOT a crier, for movies or books or anyone).  I had a feeling I knew what was wrong with Carey, both physically, and why Quinn had to lie for him. I felt so bad for Quinn, because she went through so many awful things, in order to keep a secret. I really felt bad for Blake, because he did not deserve to not get what he wanted.  This story is so twisted, but in a bittersweet, heartbreaking way. Quinn cannot be happy no matter what she does. Blake cannot get what he wants. Carey cannot get what he wants. It seemed like there was no way that anyone could get any silver lining out of this situation. I really liked the multiple plots - of Quinn dealing with Carey's secret, and Quinn dealing with her mother, and Quinn's past being revealed. It made me sad for Quinn, sad for Quinn's father, and sad for Quinn's mother. I just felt bad for everyone, even though, in a way, everyone did something that was bad. I do not know how Ms. Jackson did it, but she wove this story in a way that made me hate and love everyone. I think if I had to really hate anyone, it would be Carey, for asking Quinn to keep that secret. Not because of what the secret was, but because he ruined her life by asking her to keep it. I liked how the story switched from past to present. This kind of thing is either done very well, or absolutely abysmally. Ms. Jackson did a wonderful job with the switches. It kept me on my toes, to make sure I understood what was going on. And it was an interesting way of revealing Quinn's past and present at the same time. The ending was very bittersweet, but I think it ended well. It is resolved, but there are some things about the end that not everyone will like. I completely respect Quinn's decisions. Honestly, I may have done the same thing if I were her. What I Did Not Like: I said it already, but I really did not like the fact that Carey asked Quinn to keep that secret, and I guess, that Quinn actually kept the secret. That is SO not something that you should ask a person to keep quiet. Obviously, there would be no book if Quinn had not kept the secret. But I still did not like this. Also, I really, really wish Quinn could have, um, had a nice ending with that nice boy, instead of doing what she did. But that's okay, because I completely understand why she did what she did. Would I Recommend It: Yes! This book is so bittersweet, but it is so, so good. And sad. And good. It's not a light, quick read, but it's definitely worth the time.  Rating: 4 stars. This contemporary novel is definitely one for the ages!
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KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book was just short of amazing. The writing was wonderful. The characters were real and had depth. The storyline was strong. It wasn't perfect, though. While it was a quick read, there were a few parts that seemed to drone on a bit. Sometimes, in my opinion, the author got a bit long-winded with unnecessary detail. There were also a few times were I was irritated with Sophie (Quinn, Q). While I completely understand her reasoning for keeping Carey's secret, I thought the whole martyr act was just a bit too much. She could have opened up to someone, especially George. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The imperfections aren't big enough to take away from the book's powerfulness. I would read another of Corrine Jackson's books. She's a talented author. Rating 4.5/5
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This story contains stuff about the war and i learn so much about it. How soldiers get when they come home. Sophie Quinn was a popular girl with her boyfriend, Carey, the marine. She has kept a secret from everybody and all her friends abused her and hate her thinking she had done something to their marine. I read this amazing book in a day. It kept me on my toes. I had to read all of this to know what happenn to Sophie. Im a teenager and i criedd. I cried like a babyy because this story really touched my heart. If youre looking for something intense with emotion, i recommend this book. Hope you enjoy this as much as i did. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot. Quinn was a character who really came to lifen I found myself crying during her story. I kind of was hoping she would end up with Blake but I don't feel that would have been the best end. He let her take all the blame I thought he was a coward. I highly recommend this book
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My cousin jacob is in the marines
pippy28 More than 1 year ago
This book was a decent read. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!! I just didn't understand why she couldn't have told everyone that they had broken up. It seems like they could have at least done that. The fact that she also doesn't end up with the guy she really liked, and who liked her, kind of ruined the story for me. I mean, I understand there were a lot of outside factors, but I had hoped for a happy ending after the lengthy read I had just endured. Books are my escape and sometimes I just want to read a book that has a really happy ending (even if it isn't always realistic). Can't say it was my favorite story ever or that I would read it again any time soon.
StuckInYAbooks More than 1 year ago
I have never had so much emotion during a book than reading this one! I felt like crying during some of the book because of what Quinn has to go through. It has to be one of my favorite contemporaries because it was beautifully written. From the first page I was addicted and I had to read what will happen next. I did like how Corrine Jackson made the novel very focused on the topic of Marines fighting in the war, which is a different take in YA but it now making an appearance which is good to read about how relationships are during that time when the boys go on tour. It covers so much and it will give you a perspective of torn families, the army and even friendship. The novel begins with a scandal about our main character Sophie Topher Quinn who was caught kissing a guy other than her perfect boyfriend Carey. This is not a good thing in a small town where everyone talks. Mostly everyone in the town is part of the army and when Carey goes missing she is still not able to talk to Carey's family, her friends, when the real truth is that Quinn did not cheat on Carey. With all the blame towards her she still would not reveal Carey's news before he left and, this news would break him apart. The entire novel was intense and heart breaking. I fell in love with each of the characters as I began reading more about their story. Corinne painted the picture for this novel and she succeed with grabbing my attention. George was definitely one of my favorite characters because he is the one that does help Quinn become the person she is by the end of the novel. George is soo funny, and he makes the story have a tole model who helps Quinn through all her problems. He is a elderly Veteran of the War at the VA Medical Center where Quinn helps/volunteers which is another thing that holds her together through school. Quinn is stubborn for admitting the truth. She is in a self-less in love with her best friend for Carey. It was moving to see how Quinn was feeling. Her dad pretends to ignore her because of the scandal, Quinn life is like any family: Dysfunctional. I was very sad for her at some parts as well as happy that she is able to stay strong for herself while people were bullying her. The characters were realistic and understandable which many teens can relate to. The romance had very little, but that is not the main subject from what the real story takes place and Sophie's relationships are on rocky grounds. This also includes her parents which many children/teens would go through if your father and mother were always fighting. Her father and mother were another story that grew. This books is definitely one book people should pick up because so many people can relate to Quinn's position. This story will bring you to tears, and make you fall in love with her story as she tries to come to terms with relationships, family, and finding who she is. It will be unforgettable once you read this amazing read!