Liar: YA suspense novel that elevates the unreliable narrator to a new level


12 Responses to “Liar: YA suspense novel that elevates the unreliable narrator to a new level”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As unreliable as Keeler’s “Mysterious Mr I”?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m With Nelson.C. Much approval for the new cover. I’m elated to see it.

  3. sirensfall says:

    This is an amazing YA novel. Even as an adult reader, I was captivated and surprised at every turn. This book was not what I was expecting, and that is a good thing. I’ve been wanting to write a review since I read it, but it’s hard to express how good it is without revealing something.

  4. Steve Stair says:

    The hardcover is $11.55, but the audiobook is $16.49? WTF?

  5. SamSam says:

    Didn’t you have a post up here before about their ridiculous cover with a white girl on it, instead of a black girl?

    I guess we should like the book better than we like the publishers?

  6. tizroc says:


    I have known several friends who were named Micah of various spellings and not a one lied!

    Wait.. That doesn’t count when he was dating right? Cause you know that whole “first getting to know someone” stage where everyone is a Doctor, independently wealthy or better yet an up and coming entrepreneur? Using slightly misleading but possibly true comments isn’t quite lying right? If so, than he is a rat fink… but was always a rat fink with plenty of companionship. I always said it was the 74 red convertible in cherry condition. I wonder what every happened to that car… When he went to jail (For not lying of course) I wonder what happened to it. I will have to look into that, I think he got 15-30.. for un-lying offenses… I would love to manage that car for him.. He should have someone at least check up on it, and turn over the engine… let it out a little. I am married nowadays, but I am sure the Mrs, and the kids would like to run for a while with the top down. It was a gas guzzler, so it would be a quick round the block kind of thing.

    I always seem to ramble on BoingBoing, what is it with that?!?!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmm……crazy biracial girl. Po-mo’s version of the tragic mulatta. Can’t say that the subject matter doesn’t trouble me at all. That’s all I needed as a biracial YA, perpetuation of a stereotype. But our hero comes out ahead? So the ends justify the means? But in the age of Obama the author is speaking from experience maybe? Even if it is fiction.

  8. Cory Doctorow says:

    @4, yes, and I followed it up with a post about how the publisher had done the sensible thing and put the current cover together, at some expense, with a no-foolin’ representative person of color on it.

  9. Brainspore says:

    I love that they put a more representative photo on the cover, but I did find the “haircut covering the mouth” design a little more original than this pose. I guess that concept doesn’t work unless the model has straight hair.

    The cynic in me is wondering if the whole “white girl on the cover” controversy was just a brilliant strategy to get free publicity for the book, but that’s probably giving the publisher too much credit.

  10. Micah says:

    People named Micah never lie. Never.

  11. MrScience says:

    After reading Cory’s writeup, I’m surprised everyone has been so opinionated about a misleading cover. Isn’t that the whole premise of the novel?

    “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and all. :)

  12. Nelson.C says:

    Glad to see they changed the cover to something a little more representative.

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