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A compelling novel – reminiscent of ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ and just as disturbing. More so given the role of the adults in the novel.
Narrated by Che, the 17yr old brother of the title character, the narrative builds a picture of a disturbed young mind. It challenges us to consider the moral implications of knowing the truth and not speaking out.
I would recommend for a mature teen or senior school reader, due to the nature of the content.
Laurel’s sister has died, her parents fail to cope with the tragedy and separate. In order to live as best she can, Laurel makes the decision to change schools for her senior years.
In her first English class she is asked to compose a letter to someone famous who has died.
The novel is her series of letters to the dead she has in some way made connections with – Kurt Cobain, Amelia Earheart, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amy Winehouse, Judy Garland,Janis Joplin and the Allan Lane (the voice of Mister Ed) .
Through these letters Laurel questions her own life. Her relationships with her parents; her relationship with Sky, a boy she comes to trust and her relationship and role with her sister Amy, who she idolised. Through these letters some of the ghosts of her past come to the surface and some disturbing truths are revealed.
More suited to the senior reader
Set in modern day America, We are liars is a tale of the rich and privileged. An extended family who own a private island retreat.
Who despite all of the luxuries their privileges can buy, do not lead charmed lives.
Three sisters and their families descend on the island every holiday season to reconnect with their parents. Each family has their own version of the family mansion. Blissful summers of swimming, fishing and celebrating await them. But underneath this wonderful life, secrets are hidden, that eventually must come to the surface. Lockhart skilfully reveals the main character and narrator, Carrie’s secrets as the story unfolds.
Well written – with a suspenseful twist at the end. Suited for a more mature teen reader.
The title says it all – Bea and Beck both suffer from OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – due to childhood trauma. They meet at their counsellor’s offices and their worlds collide. Bea stalks males that cross her path, drives at a snail’s pace and sees herself as normal. Beck does everything in mutliples of 8 – washes hands, goes to the gym, opens doors, takes showers for eight minutes at a time – everything in multiples of 8. How could they possibly ‘fit ‘ each other?
A bitter sweet look into the world of a teenage obsessive – humorous at times – just outright sad and scary at others.
Patrick Ness, I have no idea where his ideas come from, but they are ‘out there’.
I was a big fan of the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy – and this is another fabulous piece of writing.
Check out the book trailer here
Anything else – gives too much away!Have a look at Ness’ website for the book here and listen to what he has to say about his new book.
The best I’ve read these hols…..