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“Readers will get chills paging through Larbalestier’s suspenseful novel about a compulsive liar who becomes a suspect in her boyfriend’s murder. Micah admits it is hard to believe a girl who has pretended “she’s a boy, a hermaphrodite, or that her daddy’s an arms dealer,” but when Zach, the popular boy who was secretly seeing her “after hours,” is found dead, Micah claims innocence, promising to tell readers her story with “No lies, no omissions.” But the supernatural tale she tells may be her wildest yet. Micah composes her story in short sections labeled “Before” and “After” (the murder), as well as “History of Me,” “Family History” and other categories. This is a well-paced novel with a masterfully constructed unreliable narrator, confessing to lies she has told readers along the way (“You buy everything, don’t you? You make it too easy”) and explaining how she makes lies believable. Could Micah really be innocent, or is she a confused girl who killed out of jealousy? Is she even human? Readers will be guessing and theorizing long after they’ve finished this gripping story.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Micah declares herself a liar and calls her own reliability as a narrator into question on the first page of this dark, gripping page-turner. When Zach, the boy with whom she might or might not be romantically involved, goes missing, Micah tries to tell the story of her tortured relationships with Zach and her classmates, teachers and family. Is Micah a killer? Quite possibly yes, but she weaves lies and truths together so artfully that even as she admits her deceptions, she becomes an increasingly compelling and sympathetic character. Micah’s fractured first-person narrative skips around chronologically, further deepening the confusion about what has really happened in her life. The constant reversals keep readers guessing, a plot device that threatens to wear thin by the halfway point of the novel, but Larbalestier moves the plot nimbly past this moment, creating such an engrossing story of teenage life on the margins that even readers familiar with her Magic or Madness trilogy might not see the supernatural twist (or not) coming. In the end, it calls to mind I Am the Cheese with its hermetic wiliness.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“* Biracial Micah Wilkins, 17, is the quintessential unreliable narrator. On the first page, she readily admits she's a liar though now she wants to tell her story straight. She attends a progressive private high school in New York City. She's a bit peculiar, with extra-human speed and sense of smell, and has few friends. After another student, a popular senior named Zach, is found brutally murdered, it comes to light that he and Micah had a relationship outside of school. Now she is considered a suspect. Her suspenseful, supernatural tale is engrossing and readers will be tempted to fly through it, though the wise will be wary of her spin and read carefully for subtle slipups and foreshadowing. The chilling story that she spins will have readers' hearts racing as in three sections she goes from "Telling the Truth," to "Telling the True Truth," to "Telling the Actual Real Truth," uncovering previous lies and revealing bizarre occurrences in the process. Micah's narrative is convincing, and in the end readers will delve into the psyche of a troubled teen and decide for themselves the truths and lies. This one is sure to generate discussion.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
Justine Larbalestier's LIAR had me guessing from beginning to end and beyond. Even after setting this book down, my mind is racing with questions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather Di
I wanted to like this book. I kept reading waiting for it to come together, or for the lies to lead to a greater truth, one that maybe even the Micah didn't realise it was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zaphod
SPOILER ALERT INCLUDED.
I liked this book at first as a first person narrative novel in the realm of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train (though not nearly as well... Read more
There are too many delectable parts of this book to discuss here because it would give too much away! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kendra Y.
It is written well enough to keep you reading. But I didn't like all of the twists and u-turns, especially that of the main character. It through me for a loop.Published 8 months ago by America Evans
I need this book to be made into a movie--seriously! Love it. Good read! Lots of crazy twist. The main character's lies might annoy some readers, but I love it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by melissa newell
Liar by Justine Larbalestier is an unusual novel. Told in first person, Larbalestier's creative approach includes short chapters that move forward and backward through time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Annette Lamb