Author: Corrine Jackson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Source: ARC for blog tour
About the Book: A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s 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.
My Thoughts: Wow. Talk about heart-wrenching! Multiple parts of this book had me sobbing. Most of these moments had to do with war and how it affects those involved directly and indirectly. However, some of the most poignant bits really boil down to life and the choices we make. Even if you don't have much first hand experience with war or having loved ones serve overseas If I Lie still manages to relate.
In the book we see Quinn in a variety of relationships. There is her father, her boyfriend, her "friends" from school, Blake, her mother, and basically the whole town and their reaction to her kissing another guy while her boyfriend is serving overseas. There is a lot of development for each of these different types of relationships. However, her relationship with George stole the show for me. George is an elderly gentleman whom Quinn works with when she volunteers at the VA hospital. But he is so much more than that. He is there for Quinn in a way that no one else is. I just loved him so much! George is hands down my favorite character.
George is working on adding to the Veterans History Project. According to the Veterans History Project website, "The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." This aspect of the story really got to me. I highly encourage you to check out their website and see how you can participate. If nothing else read some of the stories of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
If I Lie got to me in a way that few books have. The characters and their emotions felt so real to me. I am really looking forward to reading more from Corrine Jackson.