Thursday, September 23, 2010


Micah freely admits that she's a compulsive liar. And that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Or was Sarah his real girlfriend? And are the stories Micah tells about inheriting a "family gene" real or are they something that only exists in her mind?

This review contains spoilers

Started out interestingly, then went a bit down, and then picked up for the last half of the book. Liar was a good read. It wasn't a fantastic book, nothing breath-taking, but good enough to satisfy a majority of teenagers.

So Micah is a liar with a big secret that actually gets revealed in the middle of the book. I was honestly awaiting some sort of deep murder psycho book that would really make me go woah but instead I got a werewolf hiding in the city. I can't say I was displeased, or that the book was bad because of it, but I just went 'oh, another werewolf'. Albeit cliche and overated, the werewolves in this book actually had a pretty cool concept. The change happens because of hormones, during women's menstruation, and its actually a painful shifting because of the bone and body remolding. Nothing to do with taking off your shirt and taking a leap. The werewolves' nature had a lot to do with science, DNA, genes, one thing Micah promises herself to study later, and so I was interested to learn more about them. We do get a lot of information of how they live and all, but we aren't given any final, clear scientific explanation of how the change happens (At least there isn't some kind of crap like imprinting or whatever). But anyway, it's the goal Micah sets herself up with at the end of the book, so we'll just pretend one day she finds the answers to her questions.

Character-wise, Micah was interesting, understandable, relatable to. I can't say the other characters such as Sarah or Tayshawn (I don't know if I spelled his name right) were as developed as her, and I can't say Zack was either. I personally never got to understand why he fell in love with Micah and what were the extents of his love, and so I was a bit annoyed since the story was actually everyone fuzzing over his death.

There wasn't that much action, it didn't really deliver any ultra deepness of doom, it didn't stir too much emotions, but it was agreeable to read. It could have been laid out better, with more mystery and a bit more of plot. There were a lot of twists at the end, a lot of lying and confessions and so I always braced myself for the next big revelation. The ending was good. Sad but good. You truly feel sad for Micah, but then happy that she finally found herself.

Overall, good to pick up in a library, but perhaps not enough to read twice.
Liar by Justine Larbaleister
Rating: 7,4/10

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