Liar, by Justine Larbalestier (6 October — 8 October)

My summary from last night: “Aaaaaaaaaaaah I don’t know what to say about this book give me a day or a week or a few years to think about it.”

Yeah, it’s like that. This is one of those books that you don’t want to say anything about, because almost everything you could say would spoil the book in some seemingly microscopic way that actually turns out to be a big deal. 😦

But I will try! Our protagonist, Micah Wilkins, is a liar. Shocking, right? But not just any kind of liar… she’s the pathological kind that lies because she wants to, because she can, because it’s easier to her than telling the truth. But now Something Bad has happened, and she wants to tell us the story of what happened, and she’s serious this time that she’s going to tell the truth. Except that the truth is hard, and the truth is maybe a little unbelievable, and maybe it’s not the truth, but maybe it is.

I think that’s a good summary. You should really go read it, because it’s quick and it’s interesting, but it will also make your head hurt and you will get to the end and you won’t know what has really happened because it’s ambiguous but you’ll have a theory, and so will everyone else you know who has read this but none of their theories will be your theory, kind of like the end of The Giver but moreso.

And, re: plot and character, this has the most confusing plot and character development of any book I’ve ever read, but I still enjoyed it. I’m definitely going to have to buy this book and read it again like seventeen times, though. So confusing.

Rating: 8/10
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A Fractured Truth, by Caroline Slate (12 June − 14 June)

At the beginning of the story, this chick Grace is out of jail on parole after 7 years served for the murder, and she’s trying to readjust to life — including e-mail, because this book was published in 2003. There are some fishy things about Grace’s life before this event: her father is killed or possibly has just gone missing, he was involved with some loan sharks and some iffy money practices, her husband caused her business to go bankrupt… it’s not a good time. She’s also now being followed around by a reporter that wants to write the “true” story of her husband, which Grace doesn’t even know because he was basically a pathological liar. This is a pretty good novel — the conceit of a liar’s history is neat, and I definitely wanted to find out why Grace killed her husband (it’s revealed at the end of the book, no worries), so it went fast.

Rating: 7/10