Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bookanistas: If I Lie

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
Not only is Cory Jackson a fellow Bookanista, but she also just graduated from the MFA program I started this summer, where I got the chance to hear her read from this book. Oh man...I had all the tears, and I knew I had to get it as soon as it came out. Which I did, but it was in the middle of the busiest period of my life ever, and I just now got around to reading it. And by "just now," I mean the other night when I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it all in one sitting because it was that damn good. 
This book really made me feel every single feeling and every tiny feeling in between that. There was nothing in this book that was clear cut, it was all gray areas, and it gives you so much to think about. I think that was my favorite thing, really. I thought about so many things after I finished this book, mainly would I have gone through what Quinn went through to keep Carey's secret? (My answer is that I wouldn't and couldn't have. And that prompted a lot of pondering of what that says about my character, which is a totally different blog post.) There are so many things to think about with this book because the characters are all flawed, all of them, and they are flawed in such realistic and fascinating ways, making me able to relate with their bad choices, even if they were things I wouldn't have done. 
I loved the writing in this book, too. Absolutely flawless prose that probably makes people think that writing is easy. 
I smiled, frowned, sniffled, and ugly cried my way through this book, and I loved every second of it. I can't recommend this one enough. 


  1. I really loved this book too HOWEVER I made the mistake of reading Personal Effects by EM Kokie right before and both had the same secret :( I liked them both (I did a huge comparison 'essay type blog on my blog about Something Like normal by Trish Doller, Personal Effects & If I lie), but I wish I had waited a little longer before reading If I lie :)

  2. I read that a week or two ago, and it does ask some INCREDIBLE questions. I loved Quinn, and I couldn't imagine making the choices she made.

  3. Oooh ooh! I so want to read this! I've been hearing about it for ages. I appreciate when authors can explore those gray areas, because it's tough. I need to go update my Goodreads list.

  4. I'm grumbling because I *almost* bought this one the last time I was at B&N. Majorly regretting passing it up! Next time, I'll definitely snatch it off the shelf. Writing that makes it seem easy is the BEST!