Monday, March 7, 2016

What I Saw and How I Lied

A mystery filled with murder, adultery, and lies? Clearly this wasn't going to be a book talk for my 5th graders, which made reading it over vacation all the sweeter. I spent a day reading about intrigue in post WWII Palm Beach, Florida.

What I Saw and How I Lied is all about how Evie came of age in a rush, after years of wanting it to be so. After she learned the truth about the young man she loved and her parents, she would have given anything to go back to being the innocent girl from the start of the novel. As the author writes, "Being an adult--was this it? Doing the thing you most in your life didn't want to do, and doing it with a shrug?" This is a dark view of adulthood, and I wonder how it will impact the intended audience of teenage girls. I also wonder if they will be confused about what really happened in the story, when the mystery was fairly obvious throughout. Would teenagers really not figure it out, or was it written to make them feel superior to naive Evie?

There were some things that confused me, but I still enjoyed reading the book. It's a breezy vacation read that entertained me on a rainy day.

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