Liar by Justine Larbalestier (2009)


Justine Larbalestier

Micah is a liar.  In fact, she tells you that on the first page.  But she also promises that this book will contain the truth. 

But can you really believe her promises?

That is the idea behind “Liar” – the narrator of the book cannot be trusted.  It’s an interesting premise, but unfortunately it wore thin.  Since we can’t trust our narrator at all, its hard to stay engaged in the story, especially when you can feel she is lying to you.  After getting to the second half of the book, I was tired of all her lies and misinformation – I just wanted to know the truth.

Which I think is the one useful thing about this book – it would make a great book discussion title for teens.  Because we’ve all met people who make up stories about themselves (hopefully none to the psychosis-like extreme that Micah does, but we’ve all been lied to).  It would be very easy to talk about her lies, her truths, and the “tips” she gives about lying. 

Overall, “Liar” was just too long.  Because you’re getting the story in first-person from a pathological liar, Micah’s reveals and re-explanations of things that happened to her start to just get repetitive.  And I felt the ending was very odd and rushed, in unsatisfying.

2.5 stars. 

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