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Monday, April 26, 2010

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell: Book Review

What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell
ISBN: 978-0-439-90348-6
284 Pages
Ages: 13+ (Some violence and mild suggestion of sex)

Description: When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two. As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves. Someone will have to be betrayed. The question is . . . . who?

Good Stuff
  • Bloody fantastic YA mystery/suspense novel
  • Heroine is realistic and interesting
  • great character development of main character
  • suspenseful page turner that will keep away from all of your chores, you will not want to put it down
  • Author really knows how to set the scene of the story. You feel like you are right there in post world war II USA
  • I loved the typical selfish and self interest thoughts of the teenage characters.
  • Very realistic in terms of the feelings of teens wanting to grow up in too much of a hurry
  • Heartbreaking at times, as main character deals with the deceptions around her
  • Wonderful insights into the idiocy of the persecution of Jews before, during and after the war
  • Really liked it even-though it didn't have the happiest of endings (see I can like something that doesn't have a happier ever after ending)
  • Hopeful!  
  • After reading it you will realize why it won the National Book Award

Not So Good Stuff
  • May lead to some interesting discussions with younger readers in regards to sex and extramarital affairs (Ok, had to find something to put in this section)

What I learned
  • Didn't realize there was still so much anti Jew sentiment after the war 
  • Don't go to Palm Beach during the fall
  • Learned about Hurricane Holes
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Margie and I believed in magazine and movies more than church"

"Ruthie had European cousins who disappeared into the camps during the war. She was so lucky - tragedy AND curly hair."

"I'm glad you saw it Evie" she said " It's a good idea for someone like you to see"
"Why, I hated seeing it! It made me sick!"
"That's exactly why"

Who Should Read
  • Teens over the age of 13 or younger teens with more mature tastes
  • Lovers of mystery/suspense novels
  • Lovers of coming of age stories
  • Not for sensitive reader as there are hints of sexuality and violence
5 Dewey's (Go now and buy the book -- trust me I'm a Librarian)

I Received this book from Scholastic in return for an HONEST review


  1. Great review! This book definitely sounds great :)

  2. Interesting review, don't read much in the YA genre because I find alot of it to be completely generic but this one sounds good

  3. I can't wait to read this one. I love the cover for this one.