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What I Saw And How I Lied

By Judy Blundell

What I Saw And How I Lied
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2008,
    288 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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?

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"Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew." - Publishers Weekly.



"... an addictive read unlike any other. Evie's character undergoes such a journey that the reader can truly feel her struggles and be there for her as she uncovers her own version of falling down the rabbit hole, like Alice in Wonderland." - TeenReads.com.

"Using pitch-perfect dialogue and short sentences filled with meaning, Blundell has crafted a suspenseful, historical mystery that not only subtly explores issues of post–WWII racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class, but also realistically captures the headiness of first love and the crushing realization that adults are not all-powerful." - Booklist.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by julie
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I had to read it for a summer reading program in school!

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by FLYCHICKXXX21
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This jaw-dropping drama of a book is outstanding. I could not put this book down.I would recommend this book to any age (12 and up). I give all my props to my fav. author Judy Blundell. xoxoxoxo

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Mariah
What I Saw And How I Lied
This book tells the unique story of a teen and the lies that surround her. It is a page-turning romance and suspense.

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Judy Blundell Author Biography

Judy Blundell has written books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers under several pseudonyms. Her novel, Premonitions, was an ALA Reluctant Readers Best Picks and was chosen by the New York Public Library as a 2004 Best Books for the Teen Age. She also wrote Book #4 in the New York Times bestselling series, The 39 Clues. 2008 National Book Award winner for her YA novel What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell is well known to Star Wars fans by her pseudonym, Jude Watson.

Judy Blundell lives in Katonah, New York, with her husband and daughter.

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