What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Review by Sarah
Evie Spooner is fifteen years old, and her stepfather is back from WWII. Suddenly, she is taken by her mother and stepfather to Palms Beach, Florida. Evie and her family meet Peter Coleridge, an ex-GI who served with her father, and she finds herself falling for him. Evie soon learns some secrets about her family from Peter. Then one day, tragedy strikes and Evie must find herself and figure out where her loyalties lie.
What I Saw and How I Lied is an amazing coming-of-age novel. It includes such difficult topics as anti-Semitism, Greed, Blackmail, Adultery, and Dishonesty. It is told with vivid imagery; the reader can picture everything. The characters are honest and likable. You will love Evie and her mom. The book is also an addicting and suspenseful ride. The setting is amazing; I felt like I was in 1948. The way that it ends allows room for a sequel and I can't wait for Judy Blundell's next book. This book won the National Book Award for Young Adults, so that's another reason to check it out.
Thanks, Sarah, for a fabulous review! Don't forget that if you're in the NYC area, you have a chance to meet Judy Blundell on Saturday at the Girls Write Now Winter Reading. (You'll also get to hear high school girls read their own works, and you'll be giving back to a fantastic organization.)