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What I Saw and How I Lied

What I Saw and How I Lied By Judy Blundell What I Saw and How I Lied When Evie s father returned home from World War II the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly But Joe Spooner brought back with him than just good war stories When movie star handsome P

  • Title: What I Saw and How I Lied
  • Author: Judy Blundell
  • ISBN: 9780439903462
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What I Saw and How I Lied By Judy Blundell When Evie s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly But Joe Spooner brought 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 recognWhen Evie s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly But Joe Spooner brought 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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    1. Kat Kennedy on said:

      There are good novels and then there are good novels This one is the latter.However, it s hard to pin down why it s such an amazing novel Sure, I could comment that the writing was flawless and brilliant The characters were fleshed out, detailed and intricate The setting was technicoloured, nostalgic and almost touchable.But I think what really makes this novel is the gritty, raw, awkwardness of it Evie is on the cusp of womanhood She s so close she can almost taste it and yet, she rankles with [...]

    2. Tatiana on said:

      I know, very few of my friends have read or liked What I Saw And How I Lied, but I am so very grateful that such stories are even written and published these days Historical fiction is not in vogue right now, unless, of course, it involves cattiness and soapy melodrama, it seems.For one, I loved the atmosphere of this novel It gave me the same feeling of strange nostalgia for post WWII America, the way Mad Men does red lips, cigarettes, glamor and privilege, with a generous pinch of unpleasant s [...]

    3. karen on said:

      stay tuned, there will be mary lou retton if you are patient first of all, i love this title i was supposed to read three books from the list for this week s teen class i ended up reading five because i am such a super nerd, but i think it is good for me, because these aren t the types of teen fiction i would ordinarily pick up if i read teen fiction it is pretty much only survival in a dystopian setting kind of stuff, certainly not first love in a complicated, postwar america i am going to revi [...]

    4. Eve on said:

      When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, she fell slow She had time to notice things on her way down Oh, there s a teacup There s a table So things seemed almost normal to her while she was falling Then she bumped down and rolled into Wonderland, and all hell broke loose I really love it when I turn to the last page of a book, and the ending is so thoroughly perfect, but not too perfect Some questions still remain, retribution is administered, and sometimes there s cake I think, however, that what [...]

    5. Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* on said:

      What I Saw and How I lied is not going to end up as one of those books that returns to my thoughts now and again It s perfectly forgettable.This is a coming of age book set at the end of World War 2 Evie is a teen who s step father, Joe, has just come back from the war and he s not exactly the man she remembered Joe decides that the family should have a vacation and then schleps himself, his wife, his mother and Evie to Palm Beach, Florida in the middle of god awful hot August In the days before [...]

    6. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* on said:

      I really enjoyed this coming of age novel set in the aftermath of WWII I have to admit, I picked this one purely because of the title, which I found intriguing, and I am so glad I did.Evie is awkward and gauche and, at the tender age of 15, wanting to be womanly, just like her mother who is all red lips, nail lacquer and cocktails She is ready to find love She adores her mother and Joe, her step father When they go on holiday to Florida, Evie is excited, particularly when she meets Peter Colerid [...]

    7. Allison on said:

      QUESTION How did this win the National Book Award If the first half of the book had been put into 3 or so chapters so that the reader could get to the things that happen in the story, it would have been a lot better I m so glad that I finally finished it so I can stop sighing through an award winning novel wanting so badly to move on to the other books in my to read pile I wasn t captivated by the period of this period piece I wasn t captivated by the setting The characters didn t have much dept [...]

    8. Regina on said:

      What I Heard and How I Lied is a coming of age novel set during the time period of post World War II The novel is full of nostalgic descriptions of full skirts, pumps dyed to match dresses, late afternoon cocktails, pot roast with mashed potatoes, smoking as sexy habit, and Palm Beach as an exotic location What I Heard And How I Lied also addresses in a very subtle manner issues of segregation, anti Semitism, soldiers recovery from war trauma, war time opportunism, gender roles, sexual politics [...]

    9. Lynn on said:

      This is one of those books that I am kicking myself for not reading earlier A kind friend sent the galley and I put it in stack to read but didn t get to it until the NBA announced their shortlist.I enjoyed so much about this outstanding book It was extremely atmospheric The sense of place and time was skillfully rendered I could hear the swish of skirts, smell hints of cigarette smoke and perfume and feel the humidity in the air Set in postwar America, both the protagonist and the nation are aw [...]

    10. 46milestogo on said:

      I m shocked this was nominated for a National Book Award It s not a bad read, but it s certainly nothing special And the setting is one I am going to have to work very hard to get my teens interested in, and I don t think they ll come back as rewarded as they are when they read something like Tamar.

    11. Crystal Starr Light on said:

      Bullet Review I m still pondering over the events of this novel I d say it s got a great message and portrays a time period that tends to get sanitized oh sure, every woman from the 40 s was a virgin on her wedding night right rather honestly Not sure what the rating will be probably will stick to 4 stars for all the meat and thoughts it s dredged up in me.Superb work by the author who wrote Jedi Apprentice More YA needs to be written like this.Full Review Evie Spooner lives with her mom, Bev, a [...]

    12. Ricki on said:

      The historical background saved this one But I didn t like any of the characters in this novel, so it was difficult to get into it Evie was desperate and naive in an annoying way and her mom was self absorbed The men were liars and cheats I am a bit confused as to how it won an award.

    13. Katherine on said:

      So many lies around me Enough lies to fill ten houses It s so hard to find morally gray books in YA fiction I don t know if authors and their editors feel that the target audience wants characters to swing in only one direction right or wrong , or if there is another underlying motive behind it But I think that morally gray stories and characters are just as interesting to read about as ones that are fully good or fully bad And with this book, you get the full scope of the fine line between what [...]

    14. Sarah on said:

      SPOILERS 26 7 A pretty decent and quick read, 3.5 stars I was wrong, but then also right, with my guesses as to who was going to die and how but I was surprised by Evie s testimony at the trial I put a lot of faith, perhaps too much, in the police and justice system and I believe it s very likely that if I were in Evie s position that I would find myself incapble of lying I ve certainly told my dad that he had better drive carefully when in my car because I won t be signing any statutory declara [...]

    15. Kristy on said:

      Well, it was okay 3 stars This section is Spoiler ish Evie wants to be grown up, wants to fall in love, wants to stay in Palm Beach Forever Enter Peter, exactly the man she wants to fall in love with, 23, Older than her and oh, so charming.Apparantly he is so charming that her married mother couldn t resist either She tags along on all their dates and has been golfing several days now None of this comes out until, Peter, the Mother and Evie s Stepfather take a boat ride and Peter doesn t come ba [...]

    16. Cindy Dobrez on said:

      Wow I loved this book I think teens will be intrigued by the mystery and the coming of age story How Evie evolves as a young woman discovering her sexuality and its power is very well realized It s a very sensual book, and not just in a sexual way The descriptions include all of the senses and bring the characters to life The post WWII story is different from what most teen books set during this time explore I feel like I am fumbling with this write up and am not doing justice to the book.

    17. Kimba Tichenor on said:

      I came across this book while looking for a late night read through my local public library s website Seeing it was the winner of the national book award, I decided to download it and give it a try While classified as young adult fiction, I suspect that adult readers may actually find it compelling than teenagers Part love story, part murder mystery, part coming of age story, part historical fiction period piece, What I Saw and How I Lied does not easily fit into any one genre It is the story o [...]

    18. Arminzerella on said:

      It s 1947, World War II has just ended, and Evie and her family are on their way to Florida for a vacation They reach Palm Beach and practically everything is closed up for the season, but they manage to find rooms in a posh hotel called Le Mirage Evie is in such a hurry to grow up her mother dresses and treats her like a child so when there s a dance at the hotel, she borrows one of her mother s dresses and makes herself available Unfortunately, the only person who wants to dance with her is Wa [...]

    19. Jennifer Wardrip on said:

      Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadTooWorld War II is over and life is slowly getting back to normal For Evie Spooner, that means having her father, Joe, back from the war and her parents back together again On a whim, Joe decides to uproot the family for an extended vacation to Florida While there, Evie and her family run into Peter Coleridge, a young ex GI who served with Joe in the war Peter is charming and movie star handsome, and Evie soon finds herself falling he [...]

    20. Maia on said:

      Frankly, I don t understand what all the hype about this book is about I thought the writing was superficial let s not even talk about the characters Blundell just tried to make it into a book you could write an essay about, or have deep intellectual conversations And she fails Miserably, might I add.Personally, I am a fan of the author who builds up intrigue and suspense, who truly leaves you hanging, who gives you bits and pieces of the story so that you re racing forward to the next bit There [...]

    21. Jamie on said:

      GREAT GREAT COVER But the book inside really backs it up The author gives just enough information so that you think you know what s going on, but you re not sure You THINK you re sure, butPlots twist and turn, characters are not what they seem, and then they are, and the ending is magnifico.I don t think that the writing is stellar, which is why I only gave it 4 stars, but you can t beat this book for plot.For kids who have to read a historical fiction, and don t want to, this would be one of my [...]

    22. Audrey on said:

      Read the full review on my bog, holes In My brainFrom it s title to the last sentence, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED swept me off my feet and effortlessly took me back into the 1940 s with a tale rich in characters, mystery and atmosphere This novel s style is classic and graceful people speak and act exactly how I would picture them to in my head, from Evie s mother s posture to the characters dialogue The heat of south Florida, the beaches, boys, parents, the search for second chances and a new be [...]

    23. MishaMathew on said:

      I don t understand why this book is not known What I saw and How I lied is a very well written book that lingered on my mind a long time after I had finished reading it.After World War II is over, Evie Spooner is happy to have her stepfather Joe back home from the war She just wants things to be normal again.Evie is dying to grow up, be a woman, explore, experiment, but her mother still treats her like a child.On a whim , Joe takes Evie and her mother to Florida on a holiday There they meet Pet [...]

    24. Karen ⊰✿ on said:

      It has been a while since I picked up a YA fiction book that didn t involve a love triangle or a dystopian society and I loved it Just a few years after WWII, Evie is almost 16 years old when her father takes her and her mother on a spur of the moment trip to Florida What follows is a coming of age story that centres around the secrets in Evie s family and how they relate to a tragedy they experience while on this holiday The characters feel real including how annoying it is for a 15 year old to [...]

    25. Matthew on said:

      A YA noir set in the 1950s The writing is superb and transporting, rendering the characters and setting in vivid, sweltering detail I love books where the reader knows or suspects what s going on, but the protagonist does not To achieve that without compromising the narrative with artifice is an admirable accomplishment My only complaint about the book is that I didn t really love the main character I liked her okay, but that s about it It does deal with mature themes and content, including sex [...]

    26. Anisha on said:

      I couldn t stop reading this book Every time I was at a new chapter I was like I m going to put the book down, but I couldn t I finished the book at 4 15 am The one thing I hate in romance books is when the mum ends up with the girl s boy That is so annoying I m like you have your own husband why go for your daughters first love But anyways is a really great story and I would read it again

    27. evelyn on said:

      i guess there is nothing wrong with this book winning the national book award for young adult lit this year it was a fun read that was well written a good coming of age story wrapped up with a sort of mystery not sure this was the best young adult book of the year definitely a good way to spend some down time at work, though.

    28. Erin on said:

      WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH FOR BOTH THIS BOOK AND ANOTHER BOOK all are hidden, but venture no further without heeding the warningI was a bit surprised by this book, mostly because out of my last three reads, two of them this and view spoiler You Will See Me each dealt with children keeping major secrets to protect the sanctity of the family unit hide spoiler Of course, with this book, it kind of gives it away right in the title.e reader just isn t sure about the answers We lear [...]

    29. Kerryn (RatherBeReading) on said:

      I haf mixed feelings about this one.I found the romance in this to be very insta lovey and the main charavter just a little too naive for my tastes There was also a portion of the plot that I wasn t sure if it was supposed to be obvious to the reader what was happening as I personally found it extremely obvious what was happening but it was kind of being revealed as though the reader had no idea about it.I did enjoy the commentary in this on how jewish people were treated in the United States in [...]

    30. Penny Murnane on said:

      I loved this historical fiction book It is a seriously charged coming of age love story between a returned handsome GI soldier and a young New Yorker who is in south Florida with her parents who are considering going into the hotel business All of this happens while a hurricane is surging towards their Palm Beach destination VEry well written, with universal themes of mother daughter relationships, first love, the economic and cultural environment of south Florida post WWII Loved it

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