Tuesday, October 2, 2012

If I Lie

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
3.5/5 stars
Simon Pulse, 2012
277 pages
YA Contemporary Military

Source: Picked up from library.

This book caught my eye with its thought-provoking premise. Quinn kissed a guy who is not her boyfriend. Her boyfriend Carey is a Marine, a hero, serving his country overseas, the pride of their small military town. And although Quinn did not cheat* on her boyfriend, she cannot share that without hurting the person who means the most to her and violating her promise.

I saw a couple of reviews of this book that absolutely raved about it and as someone who loves contemporary and has been enjoying the YA military stories that have been released, I figured I would love it too. However I ended up having major problems with some of the plotlines.

Main plotlines:
  • Years before this book, Quinn's mother cheated on her military father and then abandoned the family for her lover (aka the father's brother-ew). So now people think Quinn's a slut just like her mom and her father especially treats her poorly, essentially ignoring her presence and limiting her freedom. Over the course of the book, the mother returns leading to some much needed family discussion and healing although they still need help even by the end. Both of her parents are very flawed people
  • Quinn caught on camera with a guy who is not her military boyfriend-this is the main problem I had with the book as indicated in my footnote. There had always been some tension between Quinn and this guy and as soon as she and Carey break up, she heads to this other guy for a night of passion. I mean, as soon as they break up-there is no break in-between.
  • But then after Carey faces consequences, he asks Quinn to pretend they're still together while he's deployed which leads to Quinn keeping his secret at all costs, from her best friend, her other friends, her father, Carey's parents, the town. Everyone feels free to ostracize Quinn but nobody knows who the guy was and Quinn doesn't share, feeling there is no point. But Quinn still has that passion for the guy and I a. did not understand as I thought the guy was a loser and b. got kind of tired of her martyr routine.
  • Quinn working at a veterans' hospital with George-this was by far my favorite plot. Quinn is initially signed up to work her by her dad as a punishment but soon comes to enjoy it for her own sake, partly due to her friendship with George, basically the one person in her life who doesn't judge her. He nourishes her love of photography and helps her see the world beyond her small-town. His impact on her is great.
*OK, technically they had broken up but her first reaction to that was to go hook-up with another guy-not sure why she didn't take some time to herself to be alone without a guy but whatever...if she had exercised even a modicum of discretion, this whole thing could have been avoided.

Overall: I loved the subplot of Quinn volunteering with George but I was less enthusiastic about the other parts of the book, which unfortunately took up more space.


  1. God, it sounds like the characters in this book are just so judgmental and cruel. That's sad that even the MC's father treats her poorly,

    Nice honest review!

  2. Yeah, I'm not so sure about this one.

  3. Sounds good. I've been interested in this one.
    <3 Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

  4. I was looking forward to this one :(
    It still sounds like an interesting story but I can see why it would be frustrating to read.

  5. Okay yeah this is not what I expected and I don't think I would like it. So Quinn and her military boyfriend break up and she runs to this other guy. Not exactly healthy but whatever. Then her military boyfriend wants her to pretend they are still together why he is gone?!?!?! This makes no sense. They broke up and he is gone so clearly she will be wanting to move on?!?! I just don't get it.

  6. I love the premise but I'm kind of confused about the whole thing. I guess I have to read it to understand what really happens. I never really understand how the whole "your mom cheated and ran away, therefore the daughter must be a slut" thing works, but I see it pretty often in books. I think this is stupid and illogical.


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