by Justine Larbalestier
Cover Artist: Photo: Ali Smith
Review by Cathy Green
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781599903057
Date: 29 September 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
“Everything I say is true. I am a liar.” While Liar, Justine Larbalestier's latest novel, does not open with that exact phrase (used by the Doctor and Captain Kirk to destroy evil logic-based computers throughout the galaxy), her protagonist Micah does admit right off the bat that she is a compulsive liar, although she promises that everything we read will be the truth. Thus, right from the start, the reader knows that here is an unreliable narrator on steroids, so to speak. Larbalestier has stated on her blog that Micah's description of herself as mixed race (Caucasian mother, African-American father) teenaged girl living in New York City's East Village, as having loved Zach and been loved by him and as mourning him is true. (See http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/11/19/liar-question/#more-6897) Other than that, the reader must figure out for herself when Micah is telling the truth. From official release/information:
Product Description: Micah will freely admit that she's a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she's always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she's finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.
(Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)