Friday, August 21, 2009

What I Saw And How I Lied, by Judy Blundell

FANTASTIC historical YA. Set in 1947, 15 year old Evelyn is taken on an impromptu trip to Palm Beach, Florida by her mother and stepfather. There, she falls in love, learns about racial and religious segregation, and learns that much of her life has been built on a foundation of lies. The way she handles this is wonderful, an awesome example of a person recognizing shades of gray in morality, and the conclusion was immensely satisfying. The clothes and cars and material ambition of the post-war era were beautifully depicted. This was wonderfully written, and may be the best YA I've read this year.

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