Lie by Caroline Bock
St. Martin's Griffin
August 30, 2011
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.
This book has a very important message and powerful storyline, however; I feel like it was not presented in the best possible way. Certain aspects of the writing style seemed to take away from the potential power the story could have.
This story is told from nuemorous points of view, which, I can see why the author would choose it. The story line really involves the whole town. In that way, switching points of view, makes sense. However, for me at least, it seemed to take away from the story. I wasn't able to connect to the characters because I wasn't allowed to spend much time with one character before the story switched to the next.
Also, the main character, Skylar, did not impress me... to say the least. She just seemed too weak, too damsel in distress. I know she's been through a lot, but there is a fine line between in mourning and pathetic. She was on the pathetic side (in my opinion).
I am kind of upset that I wasn't able to get into this book. This book has a lot of potential, I just don't think it reached it. If this book sounds interesting, read other reviews, I know others liked it a lot - I just didn't.