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[Read Ebook] ⚧ What I Saw and How I Lied µ When Evie s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly But Joe Spooner brought back with him than just good war stories When movie star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex GI who served in Joe s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two Retroland the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly But Joe Spooner brought back with him than just good war stories When movie star handsome Peter Coleridge Contract Marital, Vol. II: Damian a young ex GI who served in Joe s company in postwar Austria Vara în care mama a avut ochii verzi shows up The Pale King Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes She finds herself falling for Peter Pleasure and Pain (Submitting to Her ignoring the secrets that surround him until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two This is one of those books that I am kicking myself for not reading earlier A kind friend sent the galley and I put it in stack to read but didn t get to it until the NBA announced their shortlist.I enjoyed so much about this outstanding book It was extremely atmospheric The sense of place and time was skillfully rendered I could hear the swish of skirts, smell hints of cigarette smoke and perfume and feel the humidity in the air Set in postwar America, both the protagonist and the nation a This is one of those books that I am kicking myself for not reading earlier A kind friend sent the galley and I put it in stack to read but didn t get to it until the NBA announced their shortlist.I enjoyed so much about this outstanding book It was extremely atmospheric The sense of place and time was skillfully rendered I could hear the swish of skirts, smell hints of cigarette smoke and perfume and feel the humidity in the air Set in postwar America, both the protagonist and the nation are awakening to a new role as they shake off childhood and wartime restriction Evie is skillfully portrayed, full of the contradictions of adolescence, beginning to test her sexual power while still unsure of what that means Blundell creates great tension with an intriguing plot and structure, managing to both tantalize and reveal secrets all at the same time Themes of coming of age, loyalty and betrayal, truth, compromise and family relationships are well integrated into a completely engaging story I also loved the cover It is eye catching and reflective of the sense of the book Can t wait to readfrom this author There are good novels and then there are good novels This one is the latter.However, it s hard to pin down why it s such an amazing novel Sure, I could comment that the writing was flawless and brilliant The characters were fleshed out, detailed and intricate The setting was technicoloured, nostalgic and almost touchable.But I think what really makes this novel is the gritty, raw, awkwardness of it Evie is on the cusp of womanhood She s so close she can almost taste it and yet, she rankles There are good novels and then there are good novels This one is the latter.However, it s hard to pin down why it s such an amazing novel Sure, I could comment that the writing was flawless and brilliant The characters were fleshed out, detailed and intricate The setting was technicoloured, nostalgic and almost touchable.But I think what really makes this novel is the gritty, raw, awkwardness of it Evie is on the cusp of womanhood She s so close she can almost taste it and yet, she rankles with childishness She s naive, with a dreamy, delusional view of life and the world She sees the world and the people in it with a child s eyes and understanding that is portrayed so well by Blundell.It doesn t help that her mother is classic Effortlessly beautiful, with a rich understanding of humanity, people and how to work them It can t be easy for any teenage girl to develop a healthy self esteem about herself when she has that impossible image to live up to.On their holiday in Florida, Evie meets Peter He s suave, charismatic, worldly and charming She s instantly caught up by him and clings tenaciously to her dreams and fantasies blinding herself to the mystery, intrigue, and clues that surround her The slight of hand, the winks, the double entendres all fly over her head whilst all are laid bare for the careful reader.Then we watch, agonizingly, already knowing what s going to happen and powerless to stop it What I love about this novel, is being able to read it as an adult Because, I felt like Evie was my child, or even myself at fifteen And I read this novel with great affection for her I felt for her because I knew the world she d eventually end up living in It s the world that adults go to and it s not a nice place Teenage years are meant to bring the child into it bit by bit But it doesn t go that way for Evie She s suddenly catapulted into it leaving me saddened at the childhood that was lost and can never be returned I felt anguished knowing the world she had to step into If you re still a teenager, waiting to grow up I guess this book is perfect for you Listen when her mother says, Don t be in such a hurry to grow up, baby It s not all polka dots and moonbeams, you know But I know you won t listen, I didn t either at your age I know, very few of my Goodreads friends have read or liked What I Saw And How I Lied, but I am so very grateful that such stories are even written and published these days Historical fiction is not in vogue right now, unless, of course, it involves cattiness and soapy melodrama, it seems.For one, I loved the atmosphere of this novel It gave me the same feeling of strange nostalgia for post WWII America, the way Mad Men does red lips, cigarettes, glamor and privilege, with a generous pinch I know, very few of my Goodreads friends have read or liked What I Saw And How I Lied, but I am so very grateful that such stories are even written and published these days Historical fiction is not in vogue right now, unless, of course, it involves cattiness and soapy melodrama, it seems.For one, I loved the atmosphere of this novel It gave me the same feeling of strange nostalgia for post WWII America, the way Mad Men does red lips, cigarettes, glamor and privilege, with a generous pinch of unpleasant sexism, homophobia and antisemitism.And then, this is a story about growing up, about that time in your young life when you want to be an adult, to be attractive to men and to be taken seriously But when you get a taste of this adulthood, it s not as sweet as you expected it to be You learn that your parents are flawed, that being enticing to men has its cost You learn to lie and pay dearly for your decisions stay tuned, there will be mary lou retton if you are patient.so first of all, i love this title i was supposed to read three books from the list for this week s teen class i ended up reading five because i am such a super nerd, but i think it is good for me, because these aren t the types of teen fiction i would ordinarily pick up if i read teen fiction it is pretty much only survival in a dystopian setting kind of stuff, certainly not first love in a complicated, postwar america i am stay tuned, there will be mary lou retton if you are patient.so first of all, i love this title i was supposed to read three books from the list for this week s teen class i ended up reading five because i am such a super nerd, but i think it is good for me, because these aren t the types of teen fiction i would ordinarily pick up if i read teen fiction it is pretty much only survival in a dystopian setting kind of stuff, certainly not first love in a complicated, postwar america i am going to review all my teen books by likening them to adult books if wither was handmaid s tale, this one is sophie s choice briefly, it is about a girl whose stepdaddy comes back from the war with a whole lot of baggage what follows is blackmail, first love, some realizations about how the world works for men, and for women, and for jews regardless of genders, and some lessons in high class deception and a decision.this book is punctuated by beautiful moments, but ultimately it isn t likely to stick with me for very long some really nice high octane lines scattered throughout, primarily in her early intimacies with peter the scene where they are dancing barefoot by the pool is HOT well, hot for a different time these aren t characters who are going to demonstrate oral sex on toothpaste tubes like that scandalous alaska.it s hard to believe any sixteen year old girl was ever as naive as evie at the book s beginning, but i suppose you need that just for the contrast to the close of the book teen fiction isn t known for its subtlety in character development, and nothing really surprising happens, but the character s fall from innocence and her picking up the pieces and her ultimate sacrifices are handled beautifully as a story of first love, it is okay, as a crime story, it is serviceable, but as a psychological study of the origin of evil in the adolescent girl, it is near staggering is evil too strong mendacity deception whatever it is, it s great, but most of the work the reader has to do for themselves much of the drama happens between the text the transformation evie undergoes is from frighteningly innocent to an almost resigned submission to adult world betrayals.i don t think i am expressing it right and this is the best thing about the book, so i want to get it right on the one hand, she is embracing her power as a woman,and using it for a complicated blend of good and evil, on the other hand she is exhausted by the situation which i am trying to dance around and around and a little resentful to have to be playing the game in the first place but she plays it very well, for her first time and it is noticed, and her comfort within this new role terrifies her mother in a really nice understated scene Truth, justice I always thought they were absolutes, like God And Mom And apple pie.But you could make apple pie from Ritz crackers You could make cakes without sugar We learned how to fake things, during the war.i think that is superb, in the context of the events.she does a really good job with the historical elements the postwar america raw and still shocked tender redefining morality in the aftermath of witnessed atrocities, and of course translating it into one girl s individual parallel experience there is another exceptional scene that is like fight club, in that i can t talk about it without ruining everything for everyone, but know that it is there.this is almost a four, but i can t just keep giving out star like candy 3 1 2 read it yourself.and now, the obligatory mlr read 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