Thursday, April 24, 2014

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Author: Corrine Jackson
Title: If I Lie
Publication: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Goodreads First Reads

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.

This story is really sad to me. Quinn's shunned by her entire town and friends that promised to stand by her, all just to keep a secret. I admire her tenacity and loyalty to Carey but at the same time, it's selfish of him to have her put her life on hold and lie for him as well, especially since he's not there to help her through it. Finally, things have cooled down about her betrayal but then his goes missing and they all see her as Hester Prynne and start making the poor girl's life unbearable. Her parents are a reliable support system either. Her dad checked out emotionally once her mother left him years ago and she has to deal with him being detached. She feels like when he looks at her he sees her mother, which is unfair because she abandoned Quinn as well. This young woman has so much coming at her from many directions and it's interesting to see her grow and learn to become her own person. Overall, I liked the story and think that anyone looking for about defining oneself, friendship and family will enjoy this book.


  1. This is actually the first I have heard of this. It does sound like quite an emotional read.

    1. It is for the main character, she goes through so much emotionally.

  2. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds like one I would like! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really loved this book, it's a hidden gem but a heartbreaking one. My favourite part of the book was definitely Quinn's relationship with the army veteran. He was probably the best thing that happened to her. Carey and everyone else in that town were horrible. Great review, it's always fun seeing people read book you've enjoyed :)


    1. Thanks, that was my favorite part as well, he seems to help her more than anyone else. She was so lonely and her brought her out.

  4. Not sure I want to read a sad book

  5. Am always attached to this kind of story.Thanks for posting.Would love know how this story unravels.On my tbr,now.


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