Thursday, November 1, 2012

Carla's Thoughts - If I Lie by Corrine Jackson


Published by Simon Pulse, 28 August 2012

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Just wanted to get this out of the way before I start gushing – if anyone tried to shame me for doing something that I thought was right, and then treated me like an outcast I would be all.....
Because seriously? You knock me down and I will get up and start throwing elbows. So, there were parts of the novel that maybe were a little lost on me – the only experience I have of living life the small town America way is from Friday Night Lights.

Ahem.  

For a debut novel, If I Lie is one of the more sophisticatedly written contemporary novels I have read in a while; Jackson manages to invoke a lot of emotion in her writing so it packs a pretty decent punch.  This is the story of a girl with a secret and the lengths that she will go to keep the secret safe – the tight writing propels the story in the right direction; it never once veers into being saturated with purple prose or unnecessary dialogue. Every word will pluck at your heart strings making it an intense and emotional read.

Jackson doesn’t let you get comfortable – she throws you right into the shit storm that is Quinn’s life. Quinn is just trying to keep her head above the water, she’s just trying to see this thing through and remain loyal to her best friend. From her struggling to do what she believes to be the right thing, to her having to deal with the unforgiving community; everything interaction, every inner thought is realistic enough to drive home the fact that Quinn has been dealt a hand that she does not deserve, but she shoulders the burden with grace and strength that the people in her small town could only dream of ever having. Everything is infused with hope that things will get better. 

Special mention to George. I LOVE YOU. (no, I’m not telling you who he is, guess that means you’re going to have to read it yourself).

A quiet unassuming debut that will surprise you with its depth and insight.

22 comments:

  1. Uh, yeah, that means I'm going to have to read it myself. because you are not the first person to tell me this book is awesome. AND I BELIEVE YOU ABOUT ALL THE THINGS. So where does that leave me? I wonder if my library opens at 8:30 in the morning...

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    1. YOU BELIEVE ME ABOUT ALL THE THINGS? my plan is working....

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  2. Well, you've certainly piqued my interest with this review. Also, I am kind of excited the MC had my name. That doesn't happen very often. Or ever.

    I might just have to pick this one up. I have Touched by Corrine Jackson, which I haven't read yet, but hope to soon.

    Thanks for the review. :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it...my name is NEVER in books, so I get your excitement.

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  3. I am so curious now! I've been hearing about this book for a while and now I REALLY want to read it. I didn't realize the guy character was in the military...should make things quite interesting.

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    1. yeah the military is a BIG part of the story - the small town is FULL of veterans.

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  4. I LOVED this book, mostly because I thought the writing was effective... and because of George. He's such a fantastic character, and I'm certainly hoping more people go ahead and read the book to find out who he is. If they don't, I'd say they're missing out!

    Also, I love that GIF.

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    1. right? I loved George like wow (even if i did feel a little manipulated at times) and i agree about her writing - i think she needed the sharp edge to be able to pull this off.

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  5. This book has been on my radar, but I hadn't seen it reviewed much (at least not by the blogs I follow), so I'm glad to see it here!

    I just know this book will have me in tears. I'm such a crybaby!! If heartstrings are being pulled, tears are arunnin down my face. Trufax. :) Great review, Carla!

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    1. I am SUCH a cry baby - seriously, I cry when I'm tired and when I hear a firework. but this book didn't make me cry! I don't even know why.

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  6. I've heard about this here and there but BLAM I want to read this now. Also, I could totes picture the scene you set there about throwin bows if people tried to put you down. Carla = no bullshit

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it! you know what else you want to read? SAVING FRANCESCA. (and yes!!! elbows would be in faces)

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  7. I had this waiting for me at the library and I didn't pick it up fast enough :( Which is a shsame, based on your review. UGHH I like sophisticated debuts! That's a great way to put it.

    SOON THIS BOOK WILL BE MINE. :) Happy weekend!

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  8. *squeals* This sounds amazing and the more glowing, gushy reviews I read for it makes me want it all the more. If I don't get to it soon, I might just have to put it on my wishlist to Santa.

    Every word will pluck at your heart strings making it an intense and emotional read. - I love emotional reads and this sounds like it ticks the box and then some.

    Awesome review, Carla, and props for the GIF. I think everyone will agree that the use of GIF's instantly makes a review all the more enjoyable to read :D

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    1. dude I love that gif so much, because i do the head tilt when I'm all 'really? BITCH PLEASE.'

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  9. I loved George too and had a lot of trouble with the mass ostracization of Quinn although I also had a lot of trouble with Quinn hooking up with that guy. Basically this book made me think and feel a lot.

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    1. definitely - I never really saw the appeal for Quinn and 'the guy' because he was basically a bit of a dick and didn't support her when she was ostracized which made me rage a little.

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  10. Oh. Carla. This book sounds absolutely amazing. I need it in my life pronto.

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  11. I saw this on Goodreads the other day and added it to my wishlist. It looks really intriguing, I have a hunch what Quinn's secret is but I will never be sure until I read the book. More reason why I should hunt for a copy of this!

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    1. definitely - yeah the secret thing isn't that much of a shocker; even though the synopsis doesn't outright say what the secret is, it's so bloody obvious.

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