If I Lie

If I Lie

eBook - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Sophie Quinn becomes an outcast in her small military town when she chooses to keep a secret for her Marine boyfriend who is missing in action in Afghanistan.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2012
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781442440012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (276 pages)
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BostonPL_JordanD Nov 03, 2014

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 3/8/2013.

Before he leaves for Afghanistan, Carey comes out to his girlfriend of two years, asking her to keep the secret he’s told her from everyone in their small military town. Including his parents and his best friend, Blake. But when an accidental picture of Sophie and Blake kissing gets posted on Facebook, the entire town errupts into accusations that Sophie is cheating on her Marine boyfriend. Just like her mother did to her father six years ago. Sophie’s tough military dad orders her to work at the VA hospital three days a week until she graduates to keep her from getting suspended from school over the picture. While at the VA hospital, she comes to befriend George, the grumpy old guy interviewing and photographing veterans for the Veteran’s History Project. He recognizes a professional photographer in her and begins teaching her all he knows. Then Carey goes MIA and the other students begin tormenting Sophie even more than ever before. Friends ask her to explain what happened the night she kissed Blake, but she vowed she wouldn’t, and their tormenting continues, calling her every horrible name in the book from Slut to Traitor. Her life is a living hell, and she doesn’t even know if Carey, the boy she still loves despite everything, will ever return to set the town “straight”. His secret is not hers to tell, and she knows that well.

This novel is extremely gripping. And Kleenex is required toward the end. It’s also realistic in everything that happens to the un-Disney-like ending. George is such an awesome character. The humor he shares with Sophie and their good times are little rays of sunshine in her thunder cloud world. The characters are 3-D, the setting is 3-D, and the author leaves you wondering how the book will end. Will Carey make it home? Will he tell the truth? This book keeps you reading to find out. If you’re wondering what the effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are on the civilians left behind, this is a great, heartfelt example. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the military and what it’s like keeping secrets that could easily destroy or save a life.

schen9 Jul 03, 2014

Engrossing, heart-wrenching, and real, but there were moments of humor that balanced nicely with all the hell Sophie goes through. Very skillfully woven narrative. It's not JUST about romance, or bullying, or the military. All of those things are major, but balanced. I like Sophie. And I like the ending--it felt right.

Aug 22, 2013

Not a big fan of romance novels. But my friends are suckers for love, always pushing me to read romance. Should I give this a shot?

Aug 03, 2013

I loved this book! The characters were great and the book was full of reality. However, I'm a romantic and was very sad about the ending.

Apr 27, 2013

LOVED THIS BOOK! Made me cry and laugh, but best of all the ending was a slap of reality. Life isn't pretty and often is messy, but you get to choose your family. So make it worth your effort.

ilovebooksxd Nov 20, 2012

This book was really good! I mean, I'm not really into the Veteran/soilder background stories, but this book changed my view on that. I have to say, it was rather interesting, and at times, even heart-wrenching. I am a word nerd, so I definitely have to warn these other word nerds: for a published story that's gone through much editing, this book had a lot of grammar and spelling errors, nonetheless it was a good read. This is one of the first books that I actually liked and wasn't plastered with "New York Times Bestseller! or Bestselling Author!" I reccomend this to everyone and anyone.

Ólive Jul 22, 2012

umm i have to say that this book was awesome and touching.


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BostonPL_JordanD Nov 03, 2014

BostonPL_JordanD thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

blue_panda_2260 Apr 26, 2013

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Ólive Jul 22, 2012

when a half-naked Sophie is photographed wrapped around a boy who is not her boyfriend just days before he is deployed to Afghanistan, she becomes "slut" to everyone, including her father. As Sophie reflects of her boyfriend, "He might as well have a PROPERTY OF SWEETHAVEN label stamped on his ass." Her only solace is the time she spends at the VA hospital with George, a crusty soldier-turned–war photographer whom she is helping with an oral-history project. What she won't—can't—say is that not only was she not cheating on Carey, she is suffering all this to protect him. Sophie's blunt, perceptive present-tense narration takes readers effectively into her personal emotional maelstrom. Relationships and their dynamics play themselves out naturally and with satisfying complexity; readers see all too clearly the damage done in the name of love. If Sophie's friendship with George feels familiar, readers won't begrudge her the only human who shows her warmth


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JCLDebbieF Jun 06, 2013

"Sometimes a moment defines you, defines how people see you for the rest of your life"


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