2.26.2009

Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

This young adult novel, which won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, is set in 1947 New York City. Evie's stepfather Joe has returned from the war, reuniting with Evie's mother Bev. A spur of the moment trip to Florida takes up the bulk of the story - they stay in Palm Beach, they meet potential business partners, and Evie finds a new boy to crush on - a boy named Peter that Joe knew in the war.

So what happens when things go horribly awry, and a tragedy rocks this family? A further spinning web of lies, which even Evie can't discern...

This is a very classic noir novel, but written for YAs. I found the writing brisk and inviting, and was rooting for Evie, even as I knew things were going to end badly. This isn't my usual cup of tea for a read, but I enjoyed it.

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