Teen Review by Lauren M...Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Every review I read about Liar by Justine Larbalestier centered over three themes: Micah as more-than-human, Micah as a suspect in her secret boyfriend's murder, and Micah as a compulsive liar. The latter was the most emphasized: here's a narrator who admits from the first page that she rarely tells the truth. She says that she's giving the full story now, but you can't really believe her because she makes stuff up even as she reveals the "truth" about herself. Intrigued, I requested Liar as my free book from Library Ninja. By the time I got the book, my curiosity, combined with the epic cover (this one: http://goo.gl/IWYBC ) made me stoked to see what the book was all about.
Unfortunately, Liar did not quite live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong; the book was one of the most entertaining things I've read this year. The whole book is a series of stories told in the first person, from the perspective of protagonist Micah. She categorizes her tales into sections "Before" (prior to her boyfriend's murder), "After" (what is currently happening), "Family History" (about her very eccentric relatives), "History of Me," and the like. My problem was with the plot. I expected Micah's lies to change the story, to have an impact on what I believed and what I thought would happen next. Instead, her lies were just made-up stories, added in, which didn't have much effect on any major conflicts. Basically, the book was fluff.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier is a great book, entertainment-wise. It's great for a day at the beach, a slow day at work, or a few hours of relaxation. It's unexpected, spontaneous, humorous, and fresh. However, the characters are a bit shallow and the plot is rather inconsequential. If you're looking for something to think about, this is not the book for you. If you just want something fun, enjoy!