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Review: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Summary from Goodreads:

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 is a book I have been anticipating for quite a long while. And because of that, when I received it, part of me was terrified to open it. I had already heard from some of the book’s beta readers how beautiful it was, which sent me in with high expectations, which was sort of scary, as Corrine is a friend and I so want to love all my friends’ books.

But as it turned out, there was no reason to be terrified, because this book is amazing. It’s a quiet book, the good sort of quiet where you are captivated throughout. Quinn is a wonderful main character. She doesn't always do everything exactly right, but it's clear that she's trying, and she is admirable for the secret she's keeping despite tough circumstances. Her relationships with friends and family are complex and nuanced, and while reading, I felt like it's not only Quinn who grows as the book progresses, but everyone around her, too. And in fact, this book has some absolutely incredible secondary characters.  

The book contains some flashbacks, which are woven well into the story so that you aren't jarred from whatever is happening in the present moment, but you are drawn into the flashback because it's interesting and relevant. And everything that happened felt well-researched--though I am far from an expert in military matters--but I really did get a sense that she had checked into things and that's very important with a story like this one.

And the prose is beautiful. Perfectly crafted, not overdone, gorgeous to read. Gorgeous enough, in fact, that I read this entire book in one night, and didn't even regret it the next morning (though possibly my family members wished I had slept a bit more that night...)

If it's not clear from the glowing praise above, I think this book is definitely one to check out if you are at all a fan of contemporary YA. Or even just contemporary in general. 
Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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Item Reviewed: Review: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kaitlin Ward