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LIE Paperback – August 30, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
---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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an intense book. Bock took on a hard subject and handled it in such an impressive way that this book will be sticking with me for a while. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.
I can't believe I haven't heard anyone talking about this book. It deals with an immensely important issue in a moving way that asks questions of the characters and the readers. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Lovesbooks
Lie is a hard-hitting novel about being true to yourself no matter what. I haven't seen very many reviews for this one and I have to say that I'm surprised. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by BookWormRose
"Hope is the thing with feathers -- That perches in the soul" is the famous Emily Dickinson line quoted in the book LIE by Caroline Bock. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Laura
These words, first spoken by Lisa Marie Murano, set the table for a novel that became less about a heinous crime and more about the psychology of the ten pivotal characters left... Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by David T. Boyd
"Everybody knows, nobody's talking." Skylar and her best friend, Lisa Marie, repeat this saying after the police question them about the Hispanic male who was beaten on Saturday... Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Teen Reads
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,... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by CACNYC
This book is a must read for every teenager, as well as their parents. It is well-written, and keeps you riveted from beginning to end. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Cantor Richard Pilatsky