Sunday, 13 November 2011

What I Saw and How I Lied By Judy Blundell

Product Description

When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.
As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves. Someone will have to be betrayed. The question is . . . who?

Hardcover, 284 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press 
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

This book is set in the 40's era at the end of WWII. The main character in the story is 15 year old Evie Spooner, who like all teenage girls dreams about falling in love for the first time, wearing make-up and an high heels and just wants to be more like her mum.

Evie is the only child of the beautiful Beverley Spooner and step-father Joe Spooner. Joe has come back from the war and has opened a couple of businesses and seems to be a good business man and loving father and husband. Unexpectedly he comes home from work and wants to pack everything up and go on vacation to Florida the next day.

The family seem to love Florida and are making friends. Evie meets Peter Coleridge (23) and falls in love, he is charming and extremely handsome. Turns out Peter served with Joe in the war. Things from then get complicated for Evie and she finds herself in the middle of a web of lies.

I loved the beautiful transformation of Evie into Evelyn, when she goes from little girl to being a grown up and knows what she has to do to fix things for her family.

I really enjoyed this book and read it very quickly, it is a little slow paced at the start tho. The characters are believable and likeable. 4/5 stars, A must read.


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