September 12, 2018

#BookReview of Lies We Tell Ourselves by @robin_talley


Lies We Tell Ourselves
About the Book: In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.







Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fiction, Historical

About the Author: I live in Washington, D.C., with my wife, our baby daughter, an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. Whenever the baby's sleeping, I'm probably busy writing young adult fiction about queer characters, reading books, and having in-depth conversations with friends and family about things like whether Jasmine's character motivation was sufficiently established in Aladdin.

My Review: I don't think I will ever forget this book. This is a powerfully moving book, from start to finish it will educate you. This book gets pretty much everything right about history. Balancing the civil rights aspects and comings-out/developing relationship of two girls is not an easy act and a very interesting one at that. This book is emotionally brutal but it's important. The only complaint I really have about the whole thing is that Linda's initial change of heart felt a little too fast for me. But it's a powerful, emotional story about standing up for what is right. Everyone needs to read it!

Do I Recommend this book? YESYESYES!!

 









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