If I Lie is written by Corrine Jackson. It was published in 2012 by Simon Pulse. Jackson’s website can be found here.
Genre: Realistic, Tough Read
“Quinn’s done the unthinkable: She kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Shunned by everyone she knows, Quinn loses her friends, her reputation, and her identity. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s a Marine who’s serving overseas, and beloved by everyone in their small military town.
But Quinn didn’t cheat. She could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. So she stays silent and waits for Carey to come home.
Then Carey goes MIA, and Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.”
“Twenty minutes of winding road later, I’m at the overlook. The last time I sat here, Carey and Blake were both beside me. We were just us, and things hadn’t blown all to hell.
Squinting down at Town Hall, I see they’ve lit the candles. Our school is small—only 429 students total—but a lot of the students will be down there, along with their parents. I can’t make out the individual flickers, but hundreds of flames shimmer and burn together. IT’s beautiful and eerie and sad. My eyes never leave the sight as I climb out of the Jeep and pull myself up to sit on the warm hood.
Holding a vigil feels like we are saying good-bye. Giving up on Carey. I wish I could talk to him right now. Not to hash out what happened before he left, just to be with him. Wherever he is, if he is able to, he is worrying about me, Blake, and his parents. It’s his way.”
“George looks frail today. More so than usual.
Today’s lesson—how to shoot a textured photo in dim light—creates deep valleys of frown lines on his forehead and neck. His room sits in shadows with the blinds cracked on one window so we can control the sunlight dancing on his food tray. He shifts from his wheelchair to the hard-backed chair at the table. I have to force myself not to help him when he groans in pain. My hands want to ready themselves to support him. My body tenses to catch him if he falls. The fact that he gets there on his own doesn’t make it any less painful to watch.”
Warnings: Swearing, kissing, sex.
Recommended Age Range: 16+
What I Liked:
…Eh. It was a decent book. I’ve read better, but it’s not terrible.
What I Didn’t Like:
The plot is obvious, Quinn’s angst and the treatment she receives is over-the-top to the point where it gets unrealistic/unbelievable/just plain annoying, the resolution is not executed well, and the character development, while blatantly obvious, is not very poignant and doesn’t really instill empathy in the reader. I was tired of Quinn and her situation halfway through the book. The book ends with the reader (or at least, me) feeling as if there was really no movement, no development, no resolution, whatever, even though the book indicates that there is (could be the book’s fault, could be my fault). Are we supposed to be happy about Quinn’s (Sophie’s) “empowerment” at the end? Honestly, I thought she should just get the guy instead of being all “forget everyone–except for the person who started it all.” It would have been a better ending.
If I Lie is better than All We Know of Heaven (which I hated), but not by much, and it has less redeeming qualities than Where the Truth Lies (which I dubbed as mediocre, but with good writing and character development). Rather than annoying characters, it features flat characters that evoked no emotion in me except boredom. I don’t usually finish a book feeling like it was a waste of time to read and feeling generally “meh” about the thing as a whole with nothing even jumping out at me (a scene, dialogue, character, etc.), but I did this time. I don’t want to say “don’t read it,” since you might like it better than I did, but…don’t read it.
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