by Justine Larbalestier


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Micah is a liar. That's the one thing she won't lie about. Over the years, she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend Zach dies under brutal circumstances, Micah sets out to tell the truth. At first the truth comes easily-because it is a lie. Other truths are so unbelievable, so outside the realm of normal, they must be a lie. And the honest truth is buried so deep in Micah's mind even she doesn't know if it's real.

The ultimate unreliable narrator takes readers on a thrill ride in this highly acclaimed novel. Prepare to grasp for truth until the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599905198
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 461,981
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Justine Larbalestier [Lar-bah-LUS-tee-ay] is the author of How to Ditch Your Fairy and the award-winning Magic or Madness trilogy. She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and divides her time between Sydney and New York City. She is married to author Scott Westerfeld.

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Liar 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
jeffrey_stump More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews posted here, I was compelled to write one of my own. Many readers are frustrated with the presence of lies within the writing, but then they say the characters are unbelievable. A little oxymoronic, no? You expect a believable liar to tell you the whole truth. Interesting. The book was engaging, intelligent, and it held me to keep reading--solely because I wanted to know the truth. When I found that she lied, I always read faithfully on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book "LIAR" by justine Larbalestier the main character, Micah, promises to tell you the truth about her life. But Micah's never told the truth to anyone, not her parents, not her friends, not anyone, and sometimes she has trouble remembering what the truth really is.At the beginning of the Micah tells you how she came to find out that her secret boyfriend, Zach, has been savagely murdered. She then introduces two characters that come up later in the book, Sarah,Zach's other girlfriend; and Tayshawn, Zach's best friend. She then goes on to switching back and forth from telling you about her past to her present, explaining her time spent with Zach and her "family ilness", which is another main part of the plot. This story overall does not have much of a climax as the character is never in any real threat of danger. However, if there were two main events that had an effect on the plot, it would be the first and second time that she reveals that she has not told you the honest truth. The first time makes you think that she will now be telling you what really happened, but when she then reveals for the second time that she has not told you the truth, you start to doubt whether anything she is telling you is true. I thought this book was as a whole, ok, but there were many thing that it would have been better without. One of these is the constant alternating between her explaining her past and her present every two pages or so. I found this made it very difficult to really get into the story, which made reading it a less enjoyable experience. I think it would have been better had it been in chapters of 5 or 6 pages each. I liked the idea that the author was going for, that you had an unreliable narrator telling you what she knew about the murder and having to figure out the truth, but the way it was executed kept me from fully appreciating it. It may have been the fact that when I picked up this book, I expected it to be a mystery book, but instead it was more of a blend between fiction and fantasy with a slight a bit of a mystery to drive the story. I also disliked the way it portrayed the relationship between her and Zach. She claims that she loves him but the way she describes him does not make him a very like-able character. He takes to having another girlfriend, Sarah, because he's afraid he'd lose his popularity if he admitted to dating Micah and on top of that does not treat her very well. I'm not sure whether the author was trying to portray their relationship as romantic, but if so, it did not come off that way. Truthfully, I wish i had not spent my money on this book and I'd be rather reluctant to recommend this book to someone. If you still truly desire to read this book, i suggest going to a library or borrowing it from a friend.
NiKKi_Dee More than 1 year ago
I love book. I love reading. And this is one book i wish i never picked up. It was well written and had an O.k. plot.....but truly i wish i never read the book. Its weird but not in a weird good book kind of way. Just take my advise this truly is a book you do not ever want to read. I dreaded trying to finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is.......AWESOME!!! I Love how everthing seem so connected!!! Everytime you saw a chapter that said"After", it's a continuation for the next "After" you just read. (If i'm saying that right. LOL:) At first, you would think Micah was telling you the truth the whole time,but she was lying!! The thing that got me the most,and which they could have better on,was the werewolf thing. They could have made something else up,cuz really a werewolf. It doesn't even fit in with the whole concept. But on other hands, the novel was very good and it kept me on the edge of my seat (Like it literally did. Like i gasped and everything.......LOL). I highly recommend this book,hands down and i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. THX!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to review for my library and I have to say, although there is some sex, it is an awsome book. The unexpected paranormal twist that is so popular right now flows relly well with the story and Micah just can't tell the truth, which keeps you guessing the entire way. Overall, great book. I Would definitly recommend it.
veronica moran More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a little slow paced at first and some parts are weird but it is a really good book once you start reading it in my opinion.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Micah has a problem - and it has nothing to do with her being allergic to the truth. Her not-boyfriend-although-secretly-sneaking-around-with-him boy friend has been murdered, and she may or may not know the who and the why and the how. But that's not the problem. No, the problem is that lying has become natural to Micah as breathing - and so no one will even believe her if she comes forward with anything close to the truth. As far as Micah is concerned, the truth gets hairier by the second. You may remember my less-than-stellar review of Justine Larbalestier's debut How To Ditch Your Fairy, so pardon me when I admit that I waited a while before I dived into LIAR despite seeing positive reviews. Boy, did I miss out! LIAR reminded me of FIGHT CLUB or A BEAUTIFUL MIND where nothing is what they seem - and you have a less-than-reliable narrator who will keep you guessing until the end. Except Justine Larbalestier leaves readers with a BETTER Gordian knot to unravel. There were some slow moments, but they were deliciously intertwined with more complicated happenings that will give readers some time to digest the lies and truths Micah admits - particularly when they take an unexpected detour to the paranormal.
chickadeeRD More than 1 year ago
Sorry about the headline, I was trying not to give anything away. I read this for our school librarian to see if it was accepable for circulation at a high school library. It had an origionality about it that I liked. The cover is great it will get their attention. Though sex is mentioned it does not go into great detail about it. I believe they see worse on prime time tv. I think that the teens will enjoy Micha and some may be able to relate to her feeling like an outsider at school and relate with how she deals with death. It is a good story about accepting yourself.
Holly Armstrong More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was awesome. The whole meaning of the book blends together in her lies.
ChrisWarren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Started off brilliantly but as soon as the werewolf fantasy makes an appearance the book begins to unravel. The idea that the chief protagonist is unbelievable is the hook that had me engaged, but in fantasy anything is possible, so my interest waned at this point.
smmorris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crazy-odd book written by Micah, the protagonist, who is a pathological liar. There are curveballs all the way to the end. Where is Micah now? What is she doing? Depends on who you believe. This is a fun read with lots of twists and turns. If you think you can spot a liar - or when a friend or your child is lying - give this book a read; it will shatter your confidence. The story dragged for me in the beginning to where I put it down. When I resumed reading this liar's tale it became a page-turner.I recommend this for teens and adults. Good fun.
jeannie.tucker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q, 3PThis was my audiobook choice for this course, and I have to admit it was quite the difficult experience for me. I was warned, both by the narrator and the people I know who've read the book, about the lying involved, but I was wholly unprepared for the extent of it. Did anything in this book really happen? It's so hard to say. It was very difficult to be wrapped up in this first-person narrative, inside Micah's compulsive liar mind. She/he/it, in my opinion, is an absolutely horrible person/thing. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster! I do have to say, though, that I think this would be a great choice for a book group discussion. I can see some people really liking the exploration of the loose ends this this book leaves unanswered, and others really hating them. I think that this polarizing effect could make for some great discussion.Some notes on the audio part of this book. I found the performer's accents (the French mother, several Latin American characters, to name a few) to be really poor. They were also distracting. Another thing that I notice was that when I listened to the discs in my car, the ends of each "chapter" were cut off, which was very disorienting. When I listened to it in iTunes, however, this problem was eliminated.
SavvyEscapades on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a generally straightforward person, to the point where it¿s difficult for me to pick up on sarcasm a lot of the time. Thus, when I was armed with the knowledge that Micah was a compulsive liar, I was torn between my innate nature to trust what she said, and this odd paranoid search for the point where she was going to start lying to me. Unfortunately for me, Justine Larbalestier is a very, very good writer who pays a lot of attention to detail. So I mostly just spun circles in my head, obsessively working through what was lies and what could be truth.And to that the general frustration that the ending is written in a slightly ambiguous way that implies two different sets of truth, and I was frustrated. It was the good kind of frustration though¿ like when I¿m really struggling to understand the nuances between different theories of Tort Liability.I can¿t write too much about the book, because I would hate to deprive you of the chance to stumble around the truth and lies of the narrative on your own. I will say, however, that you should read this book if only to marvel at the insanely complex narrative structure Larbalestier has created. I am currently struggling with that in my own work-in-progress, and watching Larbalestier¿s execution is fantastic. She freely admits in the acknowledgements that it would not have been possible without Scrivner, but I am still terribly impressed. You could easily write a college paper about the narrative structure here, both with regards to when Micah affirms she is telling the truth and regarding the way the lies seem to slowly spin back on themselves as our trust in Micah¿s truth dissolves.That being said, if you read it like I did, where you sit there just waiting for Micah to lie to you, you will not enjoy the book like you should (I think). Let the lies wash over you, and then watch as they collapse.Rating: 4 stars¿ I enjoyed it and it was riveting, but it was way outside of my standard action-filled YA fantasy/ sci-fi zone, and since I knew Micah was unreliable I spent way too much time being paranoid about when she was lying to me.
alexpark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story told by a highly skilled author. The characters are alive with good spirit. Teenages can relate to many feelings that the main character possesses. I could not put the book down once I started reading. The plot is thrilling and twisting. Emotions will be taken on a roller coaster journey. Readers will appreciate the suspense, the compliction and the resolution of the story.
redfrn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read, since you never quite knew what the truth was. The story was revisited many times, with different facts. I totally didn't see the werewolf thing coming, and was wondering the whole time if that was a lie. A bit long though, in my opinion. Part mystery, part thriller, give this to readers who like both.
Raben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story, especially for those of us who are compulsive and pathological liar's ourselves. With the truth, or what we percieve to be the truth, changing so often it is hard to grasp the truth in this book. It is a good book, in the end I am still unsure of what is lies and what is fact, but as Micah tells us early on..."fragments of the truth can often be found in lies."
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very disturbing, unsettling and leaves you unsure. Even when you finish the book, so many lies have been told that Micah is the ultimate unreliable narrator. Is she a werewolf? Is she a killer? Can she control herself? Micah begins the book stating that while she has always been a liar, she is going to tell the truth in this book. But even then you never really trust the story she is telling, because she says that liars have a way of using part of the truth to make their stories seem real. She is a high school student who has been seeing a guy who already has a girlfriend when he is murdered. Maybe she has seen Zach that day, maybe she hasn¿t ¿ her story keeps changing. Micah¿s story is multilayered and involves a lot of backtracking, so you have to pay attention. But you can¿t help rushing through, too ¿ I read it quickly, waiting for the moment when I would find out what had really happened. In the end, there¿s still lots of unanswered questions, and that¿s the way Micah is, so it is a authentic ending.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Micah lies almost constantly, to almost everyone. This is her attempt to tell her story without lying.In many ways, this book was exactly what I was expecting. In other ways, it wasn't what I was expecting at all, and I feel struck by a sort of mental whiplash caused by trying to figure out and keep track of what was true and what wasn't.It is skillfully written and utterly fascinating.
lovemybooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not a huge fan of this book. I like to have a little bit of story to hang onto, and there was none here.
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good. As they say 'keeps you guessing'? But in this case, it really does! The unreliable narrator seems to get more unreliable as time goes on, even though it's less. Well, probably less. At the end, I didn't know what to believe. Fortunately the author will let us believe whatever we want.I'll be seeking out more of Larbalestier's books.
tdickerson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Micah is a compulsive liar and cant be trusted as a narrator. It is up to the reader to piece the mystery of her murdered boyfriend throughout the story. This story is full of secrets and lies and when Micah's boyfriend Zach is found dead, she must find a way to stop her habit of lying to keep her secret. But can she tell the truth when it is the only thing she's ever known?
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ugh. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. The narrator, Micah, tells you right away that she's a liar, and throughout the book repeats that, changing her stories multiple times.There's a moment a little more than halfway in which I truly feel the book's "jumped the shark" - it all starts feeling lit a gimmick to me. Is she lying? About everything? If not everything, which is lie and which is truth? Why should I care?This would be a good, though incredibly frustrating, book group choice.
bblum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An original contribution to YA lit. This book will be popular and just remember, you can't trust the narrator. She tells you straight off that she lies about everything. Everything?
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Micah has a secret. It's so big, so strange, that she's been a habitual liar all her life. As she tells her story, she begins to let the reader in on her secret, but only in spurts and with enough lies and retractions that it's hard to know where the truth is. Absorbing and well laid out, this book should appeal to high schoolers, especially girls.
ellenr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this is like peeling an onion. Where it is going is not where you expect from page to page. This teen has problems that seem "normal" on the surface but the deeper she goes into telling her story, the more bizarre they become, and because she is a self-confessed liar, she changes the truth from chapter to chapter. When her secret boyfriend is announced at school as missing and then murdered, the mystery begins as to what her role may have been, at least the versions she slowly, reveals through layers of truth and lies. Saying more would be an extreme spoiler. Very-well written with pacing that keeps the reader turning pages just to figure out what happened and what her fate will be.