Because it's rather hard to say anything at all without giving something important away.
As the title indicates, Micah is a Liar. Now, after the violent death of her boyfriend, she's determined to tell you, the reader, the truth. No matter how many times she has to back up and start again.
Here's the not-even-vague-spoilers deal: The hype is accurate. Liar is a fantastic book. Quite often, the more something is lauded, the less I end up liking it, because my expectations end up getting heightened, heightened, heightened to nearly impossible-to-achieve levels. This was one of those rare cases in which, for me, the praise has all been completely justified. I loved it. I thought it was outstanding, outstanding, outstanding. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the format, the newness of it. Lately I've been feeling a little bit burnt on the YA, but this one has rejuvenated me. No exaggerations.
So. If you tend to like the same books as I do, skip the rest of this post, put it on hold at your library or local bookstore or wherever, and make the time to read it when it's officially released next Tuesday. And then come back here and read the rest of the post and tell me what you think in the comments. If you want or need to read more, or if you aren't worried about even vague spoilers, feel free to keep reading.
I loved Liar. That is not to say that everyone will love Liar. As I said, though, what I say next may verge on spoilery, however nebulous, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SKIP THE REST OF THIS POST (INCLUDING THE COMMENTS, BECAUSE I SUSPECT THERE WILL BE CONVERSATION) IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone.
Note that these issues are in no way mine -- I just think that others may have them.
Possible Issue #1: I think that some people will not like the huge twist. The cover flap and the cover art don't hint at it, not even remotely. And sometimes that sort of thing upsets people. I mean, of course, neither is going to give it away totally -- but this is such a serious total blindside of a twist that there's no way that everyone will be happy with it.
That said, it isn't that Micah doesn't prepare the reader for it in her own way. While I didn't literally think, "Oh, I know what's going on here", there were moments before the Big Reveal in which Micah revealed what seemed like more than she meant to. And I had a vague notion. Not anything specific, but a vibe. What I'm saying is that if it's a blindside of a twist, it's because of the perceptions of the reader, not because of any cheating on the author's part. There are the mysteries in which the author gives you all of the clues you need, and there are the mysteries in which the author makes it impossible by holding everything vital back -- Justine Larbalestier and Micah give you the clues you need to put it together before Part Two begins. It'll be an excellent re-read, the same way that The Sixth Sense was an excellent re-watch. (And, NO, I'm not saying that Micah sees dead people. Yeesh.)
Possible Issue #2: The ending. With a title like Liarand a narrator like Micah, there's no way I would expect any sort of wrapped-up-with-a-bow, 'kay-guys-this-is-the-truth-for-reals-FOR-REALS sort of ending. But I think that many readers would like that and will want that and who may hold that against the book. But, guess what? It's Justine Larbalestier's book, and it's Micah's story, and that's just the way it is. For me, the ending worked, and worked well. I thought it was in keeping with the rest of the book, and that it felt right.
AGAIN: IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS, DON'T READ THE COMMENTS.
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Book source: Review copy from the publisher.