From School Library Journal:
Micah Wilkins, 17, is the quintessential unreliable narrator.
On the first page, she readily admits she's a liar though now she wants to tell her story straight.
She attends a progressive private high school in New York City. She's a bit peculiar, with extra-human speed and sense of smell, and has few friends. After another student, a popular senior named Zach, is found brutally murdered, it comes to light that he and Micah had a relationship outside of school. Now she is considered a suspect.
Her suspenseful, supernatural tale is engrossing and readers will be tempted to fly through it, though the wise will be wary of her spin and read carefully for subtle slip ups and foreshadowing.
The chilling story that she spins will have readers' hearts racing as in three sections she goes from "Telling the Truth," to "Telling the True Truth," to "Telling the Actual Real Truth," uncovering previous lies and revealing bizarre occurrences in the process.
Micah's narrative is convincing, and in the end readers will delve into the psyche of a troubled teen and decide for themselves the truths and lies.
This one is sure to generate discussion.
And generate discussion it did!
I had a feeling this would be a controversial one, after the outcry over Bloomsbury's original cover with a white teen girl on it (you can see there's been a change).
Our book club was split between loving it and hating it (well, not really hate-maybe just frustration).
I fell on the like/love side of it. I respected the heck out of Justine and her deeply layered writing, because it took me through so many twists and turns.
I wanted to ring Micah' neck, scratch my head in confusion, curl her up in an embrace, and shake the crap out of her, at various points in the story.
And the ending (no spoilers) STILL left you guessing about her honesty.
I think this is a perfect book club book.
One of our book club members, Rachele, is a high school teacher, and she already ordered copies for her students next school year.
Here we are (I'm the picture-taker) debating it all at Joseph Beth Booksellers:
There are some book club members blogs/sites I want to give a shout out to. There's LiLa (Lisa and Laura Write), Rachele Alpine from Freckle Head, Scott Tracey and Leah Clifford from YA Rebels, Chelsea Swiggett from The Page Flipper and Niki Smith.
It was great spending time with you book club peeps! See you next month!