Friday, October 30, 2009


written by Justine Larbalestier

This book...oh, this book! This book is so frustratingly frustrating! It is the best concept I have seen in a really long time, taking the phrase 'unreliable narrator' to places unheard of previously. Prepare to have your mind messed with to the extreme, though, as you can never ever tell which of Micah's lies are truths and more importantly, which of her truths are lies. This book is revolutionary in its genre, but I'm still unconvinced by its delivery. I was excited about the fact that such a fascinating new book would be coming out, but upon reading it, I think it was a little overhyped. Once it got to the werewolf thing--no. Just no. That was the last straw. I still do not know what to think about all the other truths/lies, There is no way this girl, if she is a girl, is a werewolf. Right? I felt like the ending could have been much more powerful, ending with a massive plot twist, and while a few new bits of suspenseful information were given, it's still not what it could have been. There are plot twists, huge ones, but in context, they're not as strong as they all could have been, in terms of a story told by a compulsive liar. I just really don't know what to think about this whole story. If I pick and choose between truths and lies, there's a version or two that I really like (the idea of her being in jail really appeals to me), but the most likely versions that I'm lead to believe, I don't know, I just think they could have been stronger, more out there, than what they were.

Rating: 3.5/5
(I almost feel like there should be dozens of different ratings for dozens of different stories...)

I got this book from...:Bookdivas Contest :)


  1. Interesting. It is a very hyped book and I'd wondered if it lived up to the hype or not. I will have to try it. Thanks for the review!

  2. Linda7.9.10

    I know this is an old post, but I just finished the book, and I'm glad someone else was as frustrated as I was with it. It was hard to keep up with Micah's lies, and by the time the werewolf stuff was introduced... I was furious with her. I still don't know what to believe.


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