Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What We're Reading: What I Saw and How I Lied

What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell, was nominated as one of the "2009 Best Books for Young Adults" by the American Library Association. World War II is over and 15-year-old Evie lives with her stunning mother, Bev, and her ex-GI stepfather, Joe, in New York. They take a vacation to Florida, where the parents meet another vacationing couple and Evie meets Peter Coleridge, an ex-GI who served with Joe. Evie gets the attention that she yearns for from the charming and handsome 23-year-old Peter, and she falls deeply in love. Soon she discovers that her adoring parents and the adults in her life each hides a secret, and they aren't who she thought. At the end she has to weigh family loyalty over her disappointment and her loss of innocence.

With her main character, Judy Blundell captures the power of first love and the heartbreaking realization of all the things that were misinterpreted.

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