by Justine Larbalestier
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Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah is a liar. That's the one thing she won't lie about. Over the years, she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend Zach dies under brutal circumstances, Micah sets out to tell the truth. At first the truth comes easily-because it is a lie. Other truths are so unbelievable, so outside the realm of normal, they must be a lie. And the honest truth is buried so deep in Micah's mind even she doesn't know if it's real.

The ultimate unreliable narrator takes readers on a thrill ride in this highly acclaimed novel. Prepare to grasp for truth until the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599903057
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Justine Larbalestier [Lar-bah-LUS-tee-ay] is the author of How to Ditch Your Fairy and the award-winning Magic or Madness trilogy. She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and divides her time between Sydney and New York City. She is married to author Scott Westerfeld.

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Liar 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
jeffrey_stump More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NiKKi_Dee More than 1 year ago
I love book. I love reading. And this is one book i wish i never picked up. It was well written and had an O.k. plot.....but truly i wish i never read the book. Its weird but not in a weird good book kind of way. Just take my advise this truly is a book you do not ever want to read. I dreaded trying to finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is.......AWESOME!!! I Love how everthing seem so connected!!! Everytime you saw a chapter that said"After", it's a continuation for the next "After" you just read. (If i'm saying that right. LOL:) At first, you would think Micah was telling you the truth the whole time,but she was lying!! The thing that got me the most,and which they could have better on,was the werewolf thing. They could have made something else up,cuz really a werewolf. It doesn't even fit in with the whole concept. But on other hands, the novel was very good and it kept me on the edge of my seat (Like it literally did. Like i gasped and everything.......LOL). I highly recommend this book,hands down and i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. THX!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to review for my library and I have to say, although there is some sex, it is an awsome book. The unexpected paranormal twist that is so popular right now flows relly well with the story and Micah just can't tell the truth, which keeps you guessing the entire way. Overall, great book. I Would definitly recommend it.
veronica moran More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a little slow paced at first and some parts are weird but it is a really good book once you start reading it in my opinion.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
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.
chickadeeRD More than 1 year ago
Sorry about the headline, I was trying not to give anything away. I read this for our school librarian to see if it was accepable for circulation at a high school library. It had an origionality about it that I liked. The cover is great it will get their attention. Though sex is mentioned it does not go into great detail about it. I believe they see worse on prime time tv. I think that the teens will enjoy Micha and some may be able to relate to her feeling like an outsider at school and relate with how she deals with death. It is a good story about accepting yourself.
Holly Armstrong More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was awesome. The whole meaning of the book blends together in her lies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liar The story begins with the introduction of the characters. The main character is Micah and she is described as a liar. Micah is a female, and at school she was mistaken as a boy up until the middle of her freshman year, they never really knew because she was always so discrete. Another important character is Zach, her boyfriend. Through out the story she lies about their relationship as if it never happened. She doesn’t want to admit it even more when she finds out Zach passes away. I enjoyed this book because it makes you want to read on. With all the lies she tells you’d want to know if she’s going to eventually tell the truth. As much as she claimed she loved Zach, is she the killer? To go on, this book will have you wanting to read more, and will always have you asking questions, that will be answered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I loved Micah as a character; I always like an unreliable narrator and she is the queen of that. This book is unlike anything else I've ever read; I expect some people will love that and some will hate it. Personally, it really, really worked for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so. When I found this book i wanted to see if it was like it said. And with what all you guys have been saying about how it is really bad and all...well its not that bad. I read it and i really liked it. Mostly bc i love drama but thats not the point. The point is is that yes. Miach is a liar (a very big one) but some of it isnt all her fault. Her father tought her how to lie since he lies all the time. And she also lies bc everyone hates her at school. Shes an outsider. An outcast. Nobody likes her. So therefore i think she has a point to lie. I mean wouldnt you if nobody liked you?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you thought this book was It was written pretty okay at first. But i just had one tiny little problem with this book. THE PLOT WENT TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET!!!! How do you go from any ordinary plot to werewolves!! DUMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out ok. Wasn't my cup of tea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt as if i was the character or if i was talking to her as a friend. This book is more realistic than any other i have read and i loved it so much that this is the only book i have ever written a review for( and i read a lot of books).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but I can't say it was much of a thrillar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personaly dont know wat u people are talking about this is a really great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it in the bgening but then i didn't like the way it turned out. It was just tring to do to much. But if you are into the whole supernatural drama thing good book for you.
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Lol :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but i think you need to be a certain level of deep to understand it. Great read and very cute!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't let the kids read this since there are some REALLYbad parts in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago