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If I Lie by Corrinne Jackson

August 30th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Source: Purchased by myself

Publication date: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

I am not normally a huge fan of contemporary YA books preferring the more paranormal stories but hot damn this book was good!  I initially went to see Corrine speak at a local event and bought a copy wanting to read it at some point.  Added to to my overflowing to be read shelf.  Come two days later I went to her launch party and she read three passages from the book and I knew I had to read it asap.  Picked it up the very next day and read it in one sitting.  At her launch party she gave out goodie bags that had packets of tissue in them and believe me when I say you will need them!  Keep an eye out because I was so impressed by the reading she did I picked up a second copy and will be doing a giveaway soon.

Straight to the point: Since I gush for awhile my overall thoughts are-Go pick this book up now! And have a box of tissues on hand while reading!

It’s so hard to know even where to start gushing but first off the characters are amazing.  Each one is so multifaceted and so real that it’s almost like reading about someone you know in real life.  No one is perfect, not even the hero Carey.  They each have their flaws and do things that make them ashamed of themselves and that will make you shake your head at them in disappointment while still relating to them because you wonder if you would be any different in their shoes.  My heart absolutely broke reading what Quinn has to go through and made me want to go bitch slap her classmates, dad, mom and really just about everyone except George.

Who is George you ask?  After being caught kissing another boy Quinn’s father, a former Marine officer, forces her to volunteer at a VA hospital working with veterans.  Quinn bonds with one patient in particular, George.  He’s not your typical sweet old man. He’s crotchety at times, he cheats unabashedly at cards but he has a huge heart and he doesn’t believe a word of the hurtful gossip about Quinn.  He’s Quinn’s safe haven in this hellstorm she has to live through every day.  I loved his character and I wish I could just reach in and give him a huge hug even though he would grumble about it.

Even the “villains” so to speak are an interesting group.  Jamie is a total witch and comes across as your typical bully but it stems from the fact that she was so in love with Carey.  He stood up for her when her father was abusive and from then on she put him on a pedestal.  Yes, a majority of her horrible behavior stems from the jealousy she felt towards Quinn and the triumph she feels now that Quinn is labeled the town slut but also from the boiling anger that someone could cheat on a local town hero while he is deployed and may now be dead.

You’ve heard of the term ice maiden before right?  Well, Quinn’s dad is the male version and you really want to hate him for the way he treats Quinn and the fact that he doesn’t even try to learn what Quinn’s side of the story is.  Slowly we get peeks into what made him into the type of person he is and coming from a military family & being married to someone who was deployed to the Middle East I came to empathize with him by the end of the story.

I could go on and on about the other amazing characters but really this is already much more than I normally write before I imagine reader’s eyes glazing over.  The story itself is fascinating and kept me wondering if Quinn would betray Carey’s secret or if the truth would ever come out.

Trust me, just pick this book up and have a box of tissues on hand while reading!

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