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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

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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: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 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: #1,963,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LIE made me angry. Very angry. And sad. I don't think I've ever had such a reaction to a book. Told in 10 different POVs, 5 adults and five teenagers, LIE is the story of a hate crime perpetrated by two popular, racist young men against two Latino young brothers. The older brother dies after being beaten by high school jock Jimmy while friend Sean watched. His girlfriend Skylar knows what really happened, but she has agreed to keep silent. Racism persists throughout these different POVs. At times I wanted to jump into the pages and shake the characters, particularly the adults, but mostly I felt sad that such attitudes really exist in our society.
Having 10 POVs was an interesting strategy to tell the story of Jimmy's control and bullying, through the eyes of his peers, Latino coach, his father and the victim's mother and brother. I appreciated Caroline Bock's gritty use of racial insensitive verbiage to show the hearts and minds of the characters. I had empathy of certain characters, while hoping for severe punishment for others,
LIE is a difficult, yet important read.
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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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By Erin on March 18, 2014
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I flew through this book and loved it. It's thought provoking, fast paced, and very well written. The title is clever as well, representing both the setting of the book at the main theme. The narrative is rich, and switches between the characters, so you get to know them all. Definitely would recommend this book.
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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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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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