The Liar

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Book, 2019



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New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2019


This "brilliant" novel, an Elle Magazine Best Book of the Year about "lying and the lure of fame" (Joan Siber, National Book Critics Circle and PEN/Faulkner award-winning author), reveals how one mistake can have a thousand consequences. Nofar is an average teenage girl -- so average, in fact, that she's almost invisible. Serving customers ice cream all summer long, she is desperate for some kind of escape. One afternoon, a terrible lie slips from her tongue. And suddenly everyone wants to talk to her: the press, her schoolmates, and even the boy upstairs. He is the only one who knows the truth, and he is demanding a price for his silence. Then Nofar meets Raymonde, an elderly immigrant whose best friend has just died. Raymonde keeps her friend alive the only way she knows how, by inhabiting her stories. But soon, Raymonde's lies take on a life of their own. Written with propulsive energy, dark humor, and deep insight, The Liar reveals the far-reaching consequences of even our smallest choices, and explores the hidden corners of human nature to reveal the liar, and the truth-teller, in all of us.… (more)

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LibraryThing member genieinanovel
I'm just going to start off right away that I couldn't get into this one, so I didn't finish it. It wasn't worth trying to push through.

I read the first few chapters, but I couldn't make myself go any further. It felt like a chore

The book does seem interesting; a 17-year-old ice cream scooper has a
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run-in with a disgruntled, washed-up star and allows rumors of an attempted sexual assault to bloom. But there was just something about the story that didn't pull me in or make me care to know what happens next.

One thing that bugged me about this book was that there was little dialogue to move the story on and instead we're given summary recaps of characters that played a part in Nofar's life. It was more telling the story than showing it in my opinion.. there was no passion in the narration.

With my new resolution to DNF books that I just can't get into, this sadly had to be the first one.

However, thanks NetGalley for letting me (try to) read an advanced copy of this book and give my honest review.
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