Thursday, April 16, 2009
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell: a review
In the aftermath of World War II, 15-year-old Evie grows up fast in this unusual coming-of-age novel. On an impromptu vacation to Palm Beach, Evie's parents befriend the Graysons and become involved in a rather shady business deal. Meanwhile, Evie falls for Peter, a 23-year-old who coincidentally (or not) served with Evie's stepfather in the war. For the first time Evie disobeys her parents by continuing to see Peter whenever she can. After a deadly boating accident and an inquest, Evie must reconsider her assumptions about everyone in her life and make a difficult choice.
I will admit up front that I chose this book based entirely on the cover, and it lived up to my expectations. It is both dark and retro, with 1940's slang and plenty of intrigue. Fast-paced and stylish, despite it's distinct flavor it still retains the feelings of yearning and alienation teens will identify with.
Speaking of YA novels, today is Support Teen Literature Day. Check the link for more information and ideas about how to promote YA books.