What I Saw and How I Lied

What I Saw and How I Lied

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In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439903462
0439903467
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION BLUNDELL
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 22 cm

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mjivy
Jun 17, 2014

Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII

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

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chiko_amin
May 05, 2013

In the summary it is written that Evie is caught in a complicated web of lies, but there is nothing that is complicated. I did not like this book at all

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nicoleelaine8
Sep 29, 2011

This is a really good book. It is very well written and very gripping. Based on just the title, I knew something was going to happen but I wasn't sure what and I didn't know when. I was very surprised at what all happened and how everything turned out. Like a lot of people, I was pretty annoyed with Evie during the first half of the book. But she did grow up and I really liked her as she started piecing stuff together and she wasn't a naive little girl anymore. It's a very great story showing how one event can change someone and their outlook on life forever. I definitely recommend this book.

missmarcy Apr 17, 2011

1940's
trip to Florida
Did her mom and step father kill her new boyfriend
After the war

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bookworm356
Apr 04, 2011

Wow! To say that I was blown out of my mind is an understatement. What I Saw and How I Lied, is such a fantastic, gripping and thought provoking novel. I couldn't put it down! I really enjoyed Judy Blundell's writing. I could relate to the characters...moreWow! To say that I was blown out of my mind is an understatement. What I Saw and How I Lied, is such a fantastic, gripping and thought provoking novel. I couldn't put it down! I really enjoyed Judy Blundell's writing. I could relate to the characters in the novel and understand why they did some of the things. Even though in the beginning, Evie was a little anoyying. She grows through out the book and by the end you get to see the person she becomes. I think Ms.Blundell did a wonderful job of paceing the book, the mystery was great. Overall a wonderful book. A real National Book Award Winner!

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kennadara
Jan 16, 2011

It just didn't do it for me. I was expecting some kind of amazing thriller but all I got was a mediocre story. It wasn't very memorable and honestly I'm suprised at how many people ejoyed this book.

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SamanthaHatzinikou
Sep 20, 2010

Couldn't put it down!

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leka
Jul 31, 2010

I was a bit annoyed by the protagonist Evie for at least half of the book and didn't like her characterization at all. I kept on reading because I knew (according to the book summary) something was going to happen and there would be a dramatic turn. I was pretty satisfied by the ending and I stopped disliking Evie so much. This is quite a page turner!

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skiier55
Jul 14, 2010

an extremely precious novel, well thought about

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annspivack
Jul 07, 2010

This won the National Book Award so I was expecting a lot and was so disappointed. This is one of those novels where you can picture the writer typing, as with this passage:

"Girls peering into compacts, lying to each other about how pretty the other one looked. Girls in petticoats and stockings, hair brushed 100 strokes, perfume from the bottle they got for Christmas. Girls laughing at nothing. Girls going to a dance."

I dunno. Didn't do it for me.

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Sep 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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