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Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered. The plot contains mild profanity, sexual situations and violence.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA,, 2010
ISBN: 9781599905716
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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SCL_Justin Jul 13, 2018

Justine Larbalestier’s YA book Liar got a lot of press when it came out for Bloomsbury making the cover a photo of a white girl, when the book is about a black girl. (The version in our library has this cover.) There’s a lot of interesting stuff out there about how books are marketed and how no one wants their books shuffled off into the African Studies ghetto of the bookstore.

Controversy about publishing aside, it’s a damned good book. It’s about a 17 year old girl named Micah who is a liar. She lies about a lot of things and her sort of secret boyfriend is dead. It’s kind of a mystery, but it’s also about tradition and ambition and loads of other good things. She’s an unreliable narrator and there are a bunch of clues as to what’s going on that are laid out really well. The craftsmanship is just about perfect. I like letting myself get swept along in a story and not second-guess it too much on a first read-through, but I knew what the Shyamalan twist was going to be about halfway through, which I thought was pretty cool. But then three pages later she told us what had just solidified in my mind. I felt completely manipulated by the more obvious clues and, well, yeah. It was pretty great.

Mar 17, 2016

Weird! Weird storyline, weird characters and weird style of writing.
I did give it 1 1/2 stars because it was "unique", but I had a very difficult time staying interested.

Jul 07, 2015

SOO much drama and suspense!! The title really blends to the story-- i got angry at the main character, Micah, for lying so much!!

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

"Micah is an admitted compulsive liar -- and a suspect in the case of her boyfriend Zach's murder. Now she says she wants to come clean and tell the whole, true story of her family, her special talents, and what happened to Zach. But when someone lies all the time, about everything, it can take a while to get to the real story... and you may not recognise it when you hear it. Fans of thrillers and psychological horror novels will be riveted by the dark and winding path that this tale takes. Think you can tell truth from lies? Try your luck with Liar." Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter

gutch May 02, 2013

I felt like the author kept writing stuff she didn't like, but was too lazy to go back and get rid of those paragraphs, so she made it into a lie. IT WAS TERRIBLE!!!!!! And I usually love books about werewolves. The synopsis said this book is a thriller, but had absolutely no action in it. So if you enjoy action, this book is DEFIANTLY not for you.

Apr 19, 2013

I'm not much into suspense, but I really enjoyed this. Lots of twists and turns, a lot of back-tracking, happens in this book. Not for everyone.

Oct 19, 2012

Still trying to decide if the secret ruins the book or not. But the writing itself is fantastic!
The book is so good in the first half. The second half transforms your thought so much, I can understand why some people hate it. As a science fiction reader, I don't mind the change; there are so many possibilities. A challenging read!

Apr 16, 2012

i loved this book! i kept thinking about it and just couldn't put it down. it really does keep you guessing, wondering what Micah's lying about and what she isn't. very intriguing.

Feb 20, 2012

Reading the plot, knowing Micah is a liar, and that her boyfriend is dead all through out the book your wondering if she's telling the truth. Has she fooled you into one of her lies? Did she kill her boyfriend? All through the book you're literally on the edge of your seat trying to find out what she is really trying to tell you. I liked that aspect of the book. BUT. In the second part she tells you her "secret". I was just kinda like "Oh, god no." the secret just... ruined the whole book!

Nov 21, 2011

Fun book about a girl who lies constantly. Her little lies, sprinkled throughout the first half of the book, lead up to the big lie that covers up the family illness. The second half of the book deals with the family illness and her response to it. Lots of plot twists and turns kept me turning the pages, and the characters were just great.

Some mature themes, scenes and language, but I'm going to booktalk it to middle schoolers anyway.

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Nov 04, 2011

I'm thinking about how much stronger I am than Brandon. I doubt he realizes that. Boys never do. He should be scared of me. Because I _really_ don't like him and I'll hurt him if I have to.

Nov 04, 2011

Our apartment 's so small that we always pretend we can't hear the things we're not supposed to. It's a good rule.

Nov 04, 2011

If you've got a big secret it's best to paper it over with lots of little ones.

Nov 04, 2011

Is it any surprise that I turned out the way I did, with so many family lies? I'm at least a third-generation liar. Though I bet it goes back earlier.

Nov 04, 2011

I tried not to laugh. He'd never said stuff like that before: "Young man," "Wipe that smile off." It was like he was quoting from a ye olden days handbook of angry parenting.

Nov 04, 2011

I am often in trouble. Mostly for things I have not done. I can't expect to be believed. I am the girl who cried wolf.


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Oct 05, 2014

AM8268 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

rcelenza1D Aug 18, 2012

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Aug 13, 2012

agent391 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Aug 13, 2012

Sexual Content: Nothing extremely graphic, but there is sexual content. At one point, the main character imagines making out with a guy and a girl at the same time.

Aug 13, 2012

Other: Due to the general subject matter, this is definatly a book for older teens and adults.

Aug 13, 2012

Coarse Language: There is some language, can't remember exactly how much. F-word used at least a few times.


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