This is a great book… but I can’t tell you what happens!

BOOK REVIEW/TRAILER                                                                                                   (Staff, 7-9, 10-12)

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

liar  What I can tell you is that the book is about a teenage girl who lies  about  almost everything, the murder of her boyfriend Zach, and  going on a roller  coaster ride with her to try and discover the truth…  well maybe the truth!

Telling you any more about what happens will detract from the first  half of the  story and you will notice that I have not placed any categories or tags on this  post that may give it away for the same reason.

 Warning  – do not read reviews of the book that have spoilers as it would well …  spoil the book. What makes the book so great is what is  revealed to you over  time – you will not guess! 

Allen & Unwin’s take on the book:

Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?

An extraordinary and original story that will have you grasping for the truth until the very last page. Secrets, lies, murder and betrayal. Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true.


There has also been a bit of a controversy over the cover for the book in the US.

The main character in the book, Micah, describes herself as ‘black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short’. As you can see that description does not match the US cover seen here. This has sparked alot of discussion in the states.

Make sure your read a very good discussion here from Justine’s blog about what reader’s thought. The  main argument, being of course, that the cover does not depict a black teenage girl with short boyish hair – the cover in fact is the complete opposite.

So the publishers have decided to give the paperback edition a new cover.newliarpg

Read Justine’s post about the new cover here

What do you think?

Should the character shown on the cover be a true reflection of the character in the story?

If the story is about a black, asian or  hispanic character then should the cover show that?

Anyway read the book, enjoy and add your comments so we know what you thought of both the book and the discussions re the cover.


Mrs Jimenez


2 thoughts on “This is a great book… but I can’t tell you what happens!

  1. I really don’t like covers that depict the main character and then don’t take into account their looks/dress sense if described in the book,etc. It looks like the cover illustrator/designer hasn’t even read the book!

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