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The Lie Paperback – March 3, 2016
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There are mistakes and wrong choices that, made with the best of intentions, simply cannot be corrected. The Lie is the story of one such. Amy has a friend who is toxic, and everybody else seems to realize it. Amy, being very loyal, sticks by Jane anyway.
Then what Jane said was supposed to be a prank goes horribly, horribly wrong. Amy is lucky to escape with her life, and it is only a fluke that her brother wasn’t there to die that night. What makes it even worse, though, is when Amy discovers that Jane had planned it all – not simply the prank, but the entire disaster that kills dozens and levels the entire high school. She was also trying to cast all of the blame on Amy. Some friend.
What happens after that, though, is what will really shock you. Our mistakes and bad choices, natural as they are, can drastically affect the rest of our lives – and this time, Amy is right in the middle of a disaster!
Amy and her brother Bryce share the narration of the novel. Amy is a member of the music band of a high school. Her bad friend Jane convinces her to participate in a prank against the football team of the school. The prank turns into a disaster, as huge explosions happen and burn the school killing some people. Later, Amy knows that Jane has planned the explosions intentionally and tricked her. As the novel goes on, Amy goes to university. She has a relationship with Trey, whom she has always had feelings for. Her evil friend Jane keeps appearing in her life, although Amy does not want to see her anymore. Bryce exerts all of his efforts to protect his sister form Jane. Things evolve as crimes appear to the surface, which adds an amazing element of suspense to the novel.
There many great things about Sprayberry’s style.
Firstly, you can easily see the great writing experience she has. The novel tells you that Sprayberry went through extensive reading and writing through her career.
Secondly, although Sprayberry is not a young adult, you feel the realistic nature of narration by Amy and Bryce. The reader feels he is reading realistic feelings and thoughts of a teenager and a young adult.
Moreover, unlike most of novels, THE LIE criticizes the way Amy’s mother deals with her. I am used to parents criticizing their children, not the opposite.
In addition, I like the lessons included in the novel. Especially, the one about the result of having bad friends.
In conclusion, any reader who likes the YA genre SHOULD NOT miss reading THE LIE.