Little Red Lies

Little Red Lies

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
The war is over, but for thirteen-year-old Rachel, the battle has just begun. Putting childhood behind her, she knows what she wants - to prove she has acting talent worthy of the school drama club, and what she doesn't want - to romantically fall for someone completely inappropriate. Worries about her veteran brother's failing health and repugnance at her mother's unexpected and unwanted pregnancy drive her to seek solace from a seemingly sympathetic, but self-serving teacher. The lies she tells herself hoping to reach solutions to the problems complicating her life merely function to make matters worse. Ultimately, she finds a way to come to terms with life as it reaches an end and life as it begins.

Baker & Taylor
Thirteen-year-old Rachel deals with her traumatized veteran brother's return from service in World War Two and his subsequent failing health, while a teacher offers sympathy that may be more self-serving than she realizes.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781770493131
1770493131
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Lowinger, Kathy
Tate, Sue

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sherryhuang
Sep 13, 2014

This book was okay. However, it could have been 200% better if it had been narrated by Jamie instead of Rachel. Just by reading his Letters Not Sent, I could tell that his character was deeper and more relateable than Rachel's vacuous whining. I like the idea of telling what happens after a soldier returns from war, but the story barely focused on that aspect, instead taking detours into Rachel's little problems such as her relationship with her teacher, her irrelevant interest in acting, etc. etc.

carptbc Jan 14, 2014

The front cover made me think I was picking up another vampire/creature book. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a Canadian coming of age story written by a 2-time Governor General award winner. Set as World War II wraps up, 13 year old Rachel is excited that her older brother has returned from the war. But things do not return to the way it was, as Rachel is forced to deal with a changed brother, a changing family and changes in herself. The writing was simple but affecting. I can recommend it to adults and young people alike.

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