Publication Date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 5/5 Stars
A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
If I Lie was the kind of book that slowly wraps its hand around your throat and tightens it up, that constant choked feeling you get when you’re trying not to cry. The emotions Corrine Jackson evoked in me in the book are strong and persistent. The story is one that anyone can sympathize with, even if you have no loved one in the military. It is a story of a girl being mistreated and bullied beyond belief. And that part was the really tough part for me. Sophie was strong and tough, but one person can only handle so much, and this girl went through a lot.
The friendhsip between Carey and Sophie is one I would have loved to have been explored a bit more. I wanted more flashbacks to their early years to establish the closeness we were told about. And I wanted more of a connection between Sophie and Blake. I had no notion of where their love for each other came from but I definitely wanted to see more of it.
If I Lie was a beautifully told story of loss, secrets, lies and deception and most importantly, one girls’ struggle to stay strong when everyone turned their backs on her. Sophie was brilliant, and the highlight of this incredible story.