Thursday, February 25, 2010
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Winner of the National Book Award(Children's Division) for 2008 this suspenseful thriller will not disappoint. Set in post-WWII, Evie Spooner discovers that adults aren't always what she thinks they are and this revelation causes her to have to grow up quickly.
Here's what the reviewer for Booklist says about the book: "Evie must sort through secrets, lies, and her own grief to find the truth. Using pitch-perfect dialogue and short sentences filled with meaning, Blundell has crafted a suspenseful, historical mystery that not only subtly explores issues of post–WWII racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class, but also realistically captures the headiness of first love and the crushing realization that adults are not all-powerful."
I recognize that most teens today want stories that they can relate to so this may not be the first book that they pick up but if they do it will appeal to all types of readers- those who like reading mysteries, romance, and/or historical fiction will all find something to enjoy in this book. One thing that I really appreciated was how Blundell used slang and verbiage from the decade. It made it seem very authentic.
YA Lit, Audio-book format, 4 out of 5 stars.