A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
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 an amazingly written, emotional book with well-developed characters and plot. I couldn't put this book down, and I breezed through it quickly.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Sophie Topper Quinn is a great character. The reason I put her full name is because she is called multiple names in the book. Some people call her Sophie, and some call her by her last name, Quinn. She is brave, and she never wavered in her resolve to keep Carey's secret. Even when she was bullied and shunned and her reputation was in tatters, she still kept his secret, despite the fact that he had hurt her.
Carey and Blake are both good characters. They both care about Quinn, though in different ways. Carey had been her boyfriend for years, though he wasn't actually attracted to her since he was gay. Though he should have told her this secret earlier instead of letting her believe he was attracted to her, it is hard for the reader to not feel sympathy for him, since he is going into the military and has to live a life of secrets. Blake is a good guy, though he lets Quinn take everything on her own. He was the boy who Quinn kissed, but no one recognized him in the picture. He didn't stand up for her right away, and he didn't let on to anyone that he was the boy in the picture.
The other secondary characters are well done too. Nikki, Angel, and Jamie are all characters who bully Quinn, making it hard to like them. Jamie never has liked Quinn since she liked Carey, and Carey was dating Quinn. There are some good moments between Quinn and Angel when you think Angel might be more understanding since she used to be friends with Quinn, and then she says something to make you realize their friendship is definitely over. Both of Quinn's parents play important roles in the story. Her mother left her and her father to be with her uncle, and her father thinks Quinn is just like her mother since she cheated on her boyfriend. He is angry at her because of this, but he does love her.
If you like YA contemporary, read this book.