Book Review: LIE by Caroline Bock

Posted 22 August, 2011 by Danny in / 4 Comments

by Caroline Bock (website)
August 30th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
copy received from publisher
amazon (Kindle, Paperback)
synopsis from goodreads

Everybody knows, nobody’s talking. . . .

Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?

But Jimmy was her savior. . . .

When her mother died, he was the only person who made her feel safe, protected from the world. But when she begins to appreciate the enormity of what has happened, especially when Carlos Cortez, one of the victims, steps up to demand justice, she starts to have second thoughts about protecting Jimmy. Jimmy’s accomplice, Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He’s out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy.

The truth must be told. . . .

Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend in order to save himself. But most important, both he and Skylar need to figure out why they would follow someone like Jimmy in the first place.

Wow… that was intense!!

How can one lie destroy people… 

This is the story about a lie and how one lie can go downhill and destroys people. What I found most remarkable about this story was the way it’s been told. First person narration In alternating POV’s, and not only the main character we also get the POV of nearly every person involved in this drama. It was amazing how Mrs Bock was able to get you in one minute in the mind frame of a fragile 18 year old girl and in the next into an police officers mind.

Jimmy the charismatic boy with lots of confidence and charisma…

It all starts with a very charismatic young boy who manages with his charm and charisma to get a whole school crowed behind him. He is one of those people that make you feel valuable and you want to be friends with. This kind of men are the ones that can lead people, a born leader everyone trusts instantly. But… can they also see behind all this and see when things go downhill and are simply wrong? That is the question you ask yourself when reading this book.

unique characters with a recognizable voice….

The story is full of very unique characters that are each very distinkt and have a recognizable voice. The most important voice though is from Skylar. She lost her mom a year ago and is still full of grieve, and only Jimmy can make her feel better. Only him, and a hero like that can’t ever be wrong right? She’ so dependent from him that she closes her eyes shut won’t let her see the truth behind. She was a very fragile and vulnerable girl and it made me sad seing her going through all this…

This is also the story about prejuctice and hate. Something that happens everywhere in the world anytime and it is very freighting, the more so because it is real.

alternating POV makes the story captivating and the flow effortless.. 

The narration makes the plot flow effortless and you are easily captivated by this emotional and very intense story. The alternating POV makes it even more captivating. You will think about this long after you finished the last page.

Bottom Line 
This was an emotional intense story about when it is right to lie and when you have to say the truth also to stay true to yourself. It shows you how easy people can be manipulated by a boy who has charisma like no other..
It’s a freighting story, but very genuine!
Much Love my friends, 

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4 Responses to “Book Review: LIE by Caroline Bock”

  1. Wow. Good characters, good narration and distinct voice? I need this one! It sounds amazing! I love your review. When I clicked on the link to your review, it was because I didn't know what Lie was about. I didn't really pay attention to that in goodreads. But thank you for posting! Now I have my eyes on this one.
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  2. hrose2931

    I've heard of this one, but forgotten about it. Yes, charisma can get you in a lot of trouble as a leader and a follower. I think I might need to read this one. This story sounds incredibly relevant for today. Sad, but relevant. I can't believe that many POV's is easy to read, but I believe you! I'll have to give this one a try! Thanks for the review Danny!

    Hope the writing is going well!

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