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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

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Title: If I Lie (GoodReads)

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library
Publication Date: 28 Aug 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 144245413X
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 280

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Place(s) Traveled to: Sweethaven, North Carolina

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): “Carey Breen is MIA.”

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When I first started to think about reading If I Lie by Corrine Jackson I was excited to find out that so many of my fellow readers loved this book. Its always nice when like minded people enjoy a book because then the odds increase that I’ll like it too. Sadly though I found this one really easy to put down and no burning desire to pick back up again. I mainly finished it because its due back at the library and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of re-requesting it. The main thing that I kept thinking about while reading If I Lie was how much it reminded me of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Not in the whole star-crossed lovers everyone dies way but in the fact that if people just TALKED to each other then the whole entire plot of the book could have been avoid. Granted there would be no story which defeats the purpose but seriously…communication…its a good thing. 

The whole premise of If I Lie deals with the martyr Sophie Quinn who to the eyes of her town has followed in her mothers footsteps and so everyone has turned against her. Including her own father. Her life is miserable and she whines about just how horrible it is all the time. She could easily clear everything up but no she decides to keep quiet. There are two others who could clear things up but they stay silent as well but that’s more to protect themselves because the truth is ugly and reputations would be tarnished so its much better to let Quinn take the fall instead. Although in Carey’s defense he supposedly doesn’t know the treatment that Quinn is receiving back home but I find that hard to believe. I grew up in a small town where everyone is always in everyone else’s business and you can be sure that there would be people would would delight in writing to Carey and telling him all about what horrible things Quinn was up to. Or heck, they share a best friend who knows all about Quinn’s shunning and yet not only doesn’t he do anything but he doesn’t say anything to Carey. Seriously? I just don’t buy it. Again, communication, is lacking throughout this book.

On a plus note, I thought the writing was really well done. The pacing for the book was, for the most part, really spot on. I liked how the past was told in flash backs and the transitions were all done well. There were only a few times when they seemed forced or cliched. But I did find lots of unnecessary repetition of events and how a military town works/behaves. There seemed to be a lot of justification for how Quinn was being treated by those in the town and mostly coming from Quinn’s own internal monologue. Which is part of why I believe that despite what she told herself she enjoyed being a martyr. And then the book just sort of ends and to me it feels incomplete. I wish that there had been just a little bit more to the story.

Once I sat my butt down to focus on If I Lie the pages did fly by even with the eye rolling I would sometimes do. And if the characters could hear me then someone them would have had quite the talking to as well. If I Lie isn’t a bad book and I can see how so many people love it. There are a ton of people out there who love Romeo and Juliet as well. I’m just not one them. I just hate to see a whole plot based on something so small and so easily fixed and yet its the biggest elephant in the room that everyone ignores. I am in the minority here though so chances are good that you will enjoy this book. Its a good, solid, standalone contemporary novel and as there aren’t a ton of those out there it should be embraced and loved. For me, I’m happy to return this one to the library but will be looking forward to other writings by Corrine Jackson as she is a debut author to watch.

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