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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312668325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312668327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important.” Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Told in several voices, Bock creates a suspenseful, gripping, and powerful novel that will keep readers on their toes.” Library Journal "Starred Review"

From the Author

  • Look for my new new novel -- BEFORE MY EYES -- coming from St. Martin's Press in early 2014!

More About the Author

Caroline Bock is a novelist, screenwriter and poet. Her second young adult novel, BEFORE MY EYES,(St. Martin's Press, February 2014), is now available everywhere books/ebooks are. BEFORE MY EYES is being called:"GRIPPING" by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and an "Unflinching thriller...thought-provoking" from Bookpages. For more information and to reach Caroline Bock go to: www.carolinebock.com.

Her debut young adult novel, LIE, (St. Martin's Press, August 2011), has received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, the latter calling it, "Unusual and important."

Bock is a graduate with honors from Syracuse University where she studied creative writing with Raymond Carver, and she is a 2011 MFA in Fiction graduate from The City College of New York. Prior to focusing on her writing career, she led the marketing and public relations departments at Bravo and IFC cable networks as well as IFC Films. She recently moved to Maryland from New York with her husband, two children and 22 pound cat, Shelton. Go to www.carolinebock.com for more.

Customer Reviews

I strongly recommend this book for young ... and older adults too.
Charlene
Great action, strong characters, and I particularly like the way the book alternates narrators to give different points of view.
Todd Tarpley
There were some big surprises along the way so that I felt glued to the book until I completed it.
Maria A. Schulz

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NYlibrarian on September 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
LIE is a riveting book that tells the story of a hate crime in suburban Long Island. Told from the perspective of ten different characters, this work of fiction provides the reader with a realistic look into the events surrounding a hate crime that could be ripped from the headlines of today's news.

LIE follows what happens to four teenagers, after a night of "fun" scaring off El Salvadorian brothers turns tragic. The group's mantra after the incident was "Everybody knows, nobody's talking". As the author explores each of the characters involvement, the reader can ask questions such as why did they go along with these hateful activities, and why didn't anyone stop it? Can these teenagers live with the choices they have made? Will anyone start talking?

Although the main characters are teenagers, adults will enjoy this story as well. What makes this book so powerful is its message about the choices we make - right and wrong, and how a person's actions affect others. LIE is a great choice for a young adult or adult book discussion group, as it delves into so many issues. Read it, give it to your teenager to read, and talk about it. This book will give you a lot to think about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenda @ Hanging by a Book on September 20, 2011
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"The attacks were such an established pastime that the youths, who have pleaded not guilty, had a casual and derogatory term for it, 'beaner hopping.'"
---The New York Times, front page story after the murder of a Hispanic immigrant on Long Island

Author Caroline Bock opens her YA debut novel LIE (St. Martins Griffin: August 30, 2011) with this news snippet. The objective, journalistic style offers a stark contrast to Bock's use of multiple narrative voices to construct a fictional narrative touching on the nature of hate crimes and other issues relevant to teens.

Reading LIE is like slowly peeling an onion by its translucent layers of skin. Readers learn "the truth" in snippets and from ten distinct voices. Complicating readers' search for the story is the absence of the most important voice, that of the accused, Jimmy Seger.

The novel opens with Skylar Thompson narrating. She has been interrogated by Officer Healey about the events of "last Saturday night," specifically Skylar's boyfriend Jimmy's role: "Was Jimmy Seger the Mastermind?"

Bock complicates Jimmy in myriad ways, including his friendship and romance with the grieving Skylar after her mother's death. To what extent does Skylar really know Jimmy? How can Skylar reconcile the complicated moral code by which Jimmy lives and protects his friends with the "morality" which also makes him a bigot?

LIE raises many questions, and it's the ten first-person narrators these binaries create that give voice to the issues. Yet the silences Bock constructs also speak volumes: Why don't we hear from Jimmy? What motivates teens to create a bubble of silence, one in which "everybody knows, nobody's talking," as Skylar's BFF Lisa Marie Murano chants throughout the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookWormRose on July 22, 2012
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LIE is a very original and interesting book. Throughout the story, there were many unexpected surprises that made me want to read more and more - only taking me four days to complete. In a world full of hate and crime, Bock perfectly portrays ten different points of views - not an easy thing to do! Ultimately focusing on immigration and race, LIE helps you understand these issues more in depth. The multiple meanings behind the title (which you begin to understand throughout the story) was clever in so many ways! I absolutely loved it, and highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on June 21, 2012
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LIE is just compelling; first, it's a masterful title, which we begin to comprehend as the story develops. A perfect adolescent read (but I'm a grown-up and I loved it too!); a narrative of a vulnerable young girl's impossible choices when she is deeply, madly in the throes of first love and unable to see the shadow that lurks within her beloved. This is a timely story, inspired as it is by brutal events that occur all too often. Everybody knows, nobody is talking - this recurrent phrase embodies the narrative arc of the story. The kids in this book are teenagers with roiling emotions, embryonic good sense and undeveloped ethical judgment, who in some cases have been schooled to hate by their elders. Here in the midst of a moral quandary lurks the suspense- will they do the right thing? Will they turn towards the good and the true, or will they stay on the path of deception? Bock manages the ten alternating points of view well - this is not an easy task and she is to be commended for her skill using this strategy to paint a full portrait of a community in crisis. She gets the "voices" right, so that clear distinctions are drawn between the characters. And she captures the angst of a generation of young people, both native dwellers and immigrants, as they wrestle with big social problems - disappearing jobs, a faltering economy, rootlessness, xenophobia in the culture at large, and the seeming inability of an older generation to instill core values in its young.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CACNYC on March 12, 2012
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LIE takes a well planted step into the realm of new contemporary literature. While weaving a very disturbing story that explores a hate crime in suburban Long Island, the author, Ms. Bock, creates from several points of view, a "God View" of the actions, reactions and emotions of the characters in play. Ms. Bock manages to harness the perspective of ten different characters giving the reader a truly realistic feel for the events surrounding the teenagers in question. The reader comes away with a feeling that what he or she just read might actually have been a real incident disguised as fiction to protect the innocent.

LIE follows four teenagers, after a night of questionable fun turns tragic. The teenagers responsible for the tragedy then pledge to stay quiet. The reader follows them as they continue to make bad choices and raising hard questions about morality and ethics that many readers will possibly relate to on some level. The dysfunctional Lisa Marie and the conflicted Skylar are two female characters that give the reader pause for thought. The author plays with themes that are traditional, but by no means old. She breathes new life into the genre with her style and well honed prose.

Some readers may find the point-of-view switching disorienting or confusing. To avoid this feeling I recommend that when you pick up this book you accept the ride it takes you on. Don't try to impose "rules" that don't really exist. Take the time to accept the work as presented with the understanding that life doesn't play out in neat little linear vignettes. Life is jarring, it jumps here and there. Life is wonderful because it rarely reads dully from point A to point B.
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