Lies We Tell Ourselves

by Robin Talley

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October 2014 Debut of the Month.

Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle in the late 1950’s. The author has clearly done her research and written a provocative and yet somehow irresistibly beautiful novel. Talley picks you up and hurls you down in the middle of the brutal pack mentality, she spins you around, then gently slips hope and love inbetween the clamour and hatred. Sarah and Linda feel substantial and real; their dreams and fears, writhe and pulse from the pages. This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you've finished it. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Lies We Tell Ourselves Synopsis

It's 1959 The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah's first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students - especially Linda, daughter of the town's most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're determined ignore. Because its one thing to stand up to an unjust world - but another to be terrified of what's in your own heart.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Safiyah Davenport - 'an emotional, thought provoking, realistic and inspirational novel about the disintegration of segregation and finding oneself.' Read full review >
  • Kynthia Ravikumar - 'a heart wrenching book talking of segregation, integration and the love of two girls from different races which cannot thrive in such a divided community. A beautiful novel.' Read full review >
  • Hayley Rutland-Walker - 'I immediately found myself swept up in the tension of the storyline and hours slipped by without notice. This felt like a fresh, authoritative and very important book.' Read full review >
  • Poppy Jeavons - 'I found Lies We Tell Ourselves very gripping, and it was easy to imagine the characters and places. I found the language hard to deal with, but it was written well. And it finished in a good place.' Read full review >
  • Jane Brown - 'This is a powerful YA book. Tackling two major subjects- racism and sexual orientation. I would urge everyone to read this book.'  Read full review >
  • Amelia White - 'I found this book very interesting and enjoyed reading it and learning what it was really like in 1959.'  Read full review >
  • Shila Rahman - 'Its really amazing and a good story from beginning till end.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Sensitively written, it explores not one but two delicate subjects. I recommend this book not just to young adults but to readers if all ages.' Read full review >
  • Phoebe Allan - 'Beautifully written, sparks many questions and gets the emotions running. I would honestly suggest this book.'  Read full review >
  • Jake Fletcher - 'Virginia 1959. Black and white students go to school together for the first time. Robin Talley introduces you to another world, yet the prejudice it reveals is still familiar.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher - 'I think this is an incredible book, it really makes you think and it is so interesting to read.'  Read full review >
  • Lucy Smith - 'The author has done well to highlight a painful period in history around integration in a tangible manner and with obvious wisdom, knowledge and sensitivity. By the end I didn’t want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Alice D'Angelo - 'a well written novel that makes every line personal.... Sarah’s constant fear for her life and those that she loves puts the danger of that time into a stark reality that will move and empower you. I genuinely could not put this book down.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781848452923
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Publisher: Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848452923
Publication date: 3rd October 2014
Author: Robin Talley
Publisher: Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Robin Talley

Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. See Robin Talley on Instagram   Click here to read our 'Ask the Author' feature with Robin Talley.   Click here to read a Q&A with Robin Talley.

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