Gateway 9: Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Posted October 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

All I can say about this book is WOW! It started out as what seemed to be a total realistic fiction type YA novel. Our main character Micah, is a liar, hence the title. She lied when she came to her new school, or just let a misconception spread without correcting it. And when that lie was found out and corrected, she changed it to something else. First she had a teacher call her a boy. Then when it was found out she was a girl, she told people she was born with parts for being a boy and a girl. Then she tells us that she was born covered with hair. The whole main part of the story is that a boy, Zach, has been found dead. It turns out that Micah was his girlfriend, on the side, anyway. He had a girlfriend at school that everyone knew about. We constantly learn about all the stuff she lies about, as she tells us lie after lie. And then, about halfway in, it turned into a fantasy book. Werewolves. And at the time you’re wondering, is this another big lie, or is she actually telling the truth now? It’s the truth, and the end of the book is very interesting. We never do find out for sure about what happens to her brother, at least I don’t remember, so that is one question left open.

All in all it was a good read, kept me interested, etc. I think the kids will enjoy it.

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