Yeah! Thank you Jennifer Barnes at the Malden Public Library in MA!
*BOCK, Caroline. Lie. 212p. St. Martin’s/Griffin. Sept. 2011. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-312-66832-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-8441-6. LC number unavailable.
Gr 7 Up–Skylar’s life hasn’t been the same since her mother died of cancer. The only bright light has been her relationship with her boyfriend, Jimmy, a Scholar-Athlete of the Year, but now he stands accused of assaulting two Salvadoran immigrants and she is the prime witness. The full story slowly comes into focus through the many different perspectives of people in a Long Island town that has seen its demographics change dramatically in recent years. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Skylar navigates her precarious position. As she puts the pieces together and ponders her own future, can she speak out against her boyfriend? And should she? Bock successfully captures a range of voices in addition to Skylar’s, from teens close to the perpetrator to the victim’s family and community members and richly develops this ripped-from-the-headlines tale. Within the larger picture of tension around illegal immigration is the lesser-known practice of “beaner-hopping,” in which teens attack suspected illegal immigrants as a sick sort of sport. While readers are not given direct insight into Jimmy’s views, he comes to life as a multifaceted person who unfortunately inherited many of his father’s grudge-laden, bigoted opinions. Bock’s debut will grip readers searching for complete realism in their fiction.–Jennifer Barnes, Malden Public Library, MA