Liar by Justine Larbalestier

There is an interesting cover story on this book here.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903057


Please don’t give away any of the twists and turns of Liar.

Liar is my first thriller. It’s from the point of view of a compulsive liar. And I mean compulsive. Micah’s been messing with my head for years and she’s about to mess with yours. You cannot believe a word she says, which means that her revelations cannot be taken at face value. So what you think is the big spoiler probably isn’t because there isn’t one big spoiler, there are many.

I’d be dead pleased if you could keep quiet about all of them.

I deliberately wrote the book to be read in at least two different ways. You may think you know what kind of book it is and what kind of person Micah is, but you’ll find other readers will disagree with you completely. There is no one right way to read this book. And that’s why I’m so keen for readers not to spoil it for others. Because I want each reader to come to their own conclusions.

Liar is as much a jigsaw puzzle as a novel, but one where the pieces can go together in many different ways. Writing it was a puzzle, too. I wrote it back to front and inside out. Not from start to finish, but scene by scene. As I wrote I shuffled scenes around, rewriting them with every move. It was one of the most enjoyable writing experiences of my career. I could feel my brain stretching as I wrote. (In a good way.) I hope reading it has the same effect on you.

Just don’t spoil it, okay?"

I won't spoil this book for you. Not just because Justine asked, but because it was such an incredible surprise to me, that I wouldn't dare ruin any of it for you.

Seventeen year old Micah is a compulsive liar. She always stays one step ahead of her lies, until her after-hours boyfriend is murdered, and her classmates and even the police start to suspect her.

I wish I could tell you more. All I can say is that LIAR will blow your mind. It is a must read.


Jessica Kennedy said...

I have an ARC of this from BEA. I haven't read it yet because of the HUGE controversy there was concerning the original cover art, which depicted a Caucasian teen.

I'd like to hear your response to the publishers original cover because when/if I read and review this book I will be bringing that up.

Elana Johnson said...

I've read LIAR, and I really enjoyed it too. I'm still not sure about some things, but yeah. It's a good read.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Elana, there were pieces that weren't clear for me either, but I actually like that it was left open the way it was.

Jess, I really don't know what to say. And we know Bloomsbury did it again recently with Magic Under Glass. I assume the majority of their consumers are white and they wanted the covers to appeal to that demographic? Honestly, I can't wrap my head around it.

Jessica Kennedy said...


This leaves me baffled because even though an author sells their book to a publishing house I don't understand why they (the publisher) don't include the author in the cover art process.

Why would any author agree to have their character misrepresented? They wouldn't. And so I don't understand why a publishing company would take that much away from the author and basically directly lie to their customer.

I bet it helped sell the books to the book buyers huh? But that's terrible that a marketing stunt concerning race was inflicted. And I find it humorous that the blogging community was so outspoken about it too.

It just goes to show that you can't just throw on a cover that you think will sell, even if it does, and ensure that your buyers will be 100% happy with their purchase.'s good for the soul. :)

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