Wednesday, October 20, 2010
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
This book is hard to classify—it's a historical romance about a 15-year-old girl growing up in the wake of World War II. It's also a mystery and a courtroom drama. Evie grows up quickly when she travels to Palm Beach with her beautiful mother and her stepfather, Joe. While there Evie meets Peter, a young soldier who just happened to know Joe from his days in the war. Evie is smitten with Peter and doesn't see what is going on between Peter and her mother. She also is not aware of the hostility between Joe and Peter and she doesn't understand why the Graysons, a Jewish couple they become friends with, are run out of Palm Springs because of their religion. Most importantly, Evie is not on the sailboat when three people go out boating and only two return. When one person goes on trial for murder Evie must decide how to proceed. Should she protect her family or tell all that she knows? This is a book to curl up with and enjoy the 1940s setting as well as the mystery as it unfolds. Best for high school readers.