Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

lwto-paperback-cover-hrLies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Pub. Date: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

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Virginia, 1959.

Sarah Dunbar, one of the eight black students who will now be attending Jefferson High School, marches through the crowd of white kids shouting names and insults. When the Supreme Court ruling was set in place, white people fought it and fought it; but now it’s happening. Integration. Sarah is one of the first black kids to set foot in Jefferson High, the local white high school. She knows they won’t accept her because of the color of her skin, but she hopes she’ll get by until graduation. She doesn’t expect so much hate and discrimination. She doesn’t expect her friends to get hurt. She definitely doesn’t expect to fall in love with a white girl against integration.

This is 1959 Virginia. And black people are not welcome.

My thoughts:

Lies We Tell Ourselves was both eye-opening and enthralling at the same time. I liked how we got to know the characters well, and The dual POV made for a more interesting story and comparison between the thoughts and feelings of the characters. The setting of the story during integration almost made conflict its own character in the book. I found Sarah and Linda’s arguments for and against integration interesting, and at the same time, it made me sad that Linda was so blind. The characters developed as the book progressed becoming more independent and finding their voices. Although the characters self-questioning got a little repetitive at times, that repetition didn’t hinder the plot and gave helpful insight into their characters. Sarah is a role model for all other YA characters; not only does she protect her sister, but she is independent and fights for equality. Sarah and Linda’s relationship was both heartbreaking and delightful, making me wonder about their future together. With its characters, conflict, and LGBT+ elements, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a historical fiction I recommend.

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3 responses to “Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

  1. This sounds SO interesting — contemporary but not really, because it’s to do with an issue of the past (that is sadly still present in some areas of the world). It’s also more complicated with the added LGBT romance! I’ll be looking out for this book, thanks for your honest review. ❤

  2. Oh wow, I actually did not know this book had LGBT+ elements! I’ve seen the cover around, and heard the title, but this is the first review I’ve read, and it’s intriguing me. Going to keep a look out for it at the library and borrow it when I have the chance!

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