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Shocking, moving, well told look at segregated societies and how individuals deal with or justify them
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.
Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle in the late 1950’s. The author has clearly done her research and written a provocative and yet somehow irresistibly beautiful novel. Talley picks you up and hurls you down in the middle of the brutal pack mentality, she spins you around, then gently slips hope and love inbetween the clamour and hatred. Sarah and Linda feel substantial and real; their dreams and fears, writhe and pulse from the pages. This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you've finished it.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
I am so excited to share Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves with you. This is such an incredibly special book, following the story of Sarah, a black girl, and Linda, a white girl, whose relationship challenges the very real and heart-breaking racial divide in the American south in the late 1950s. When I first read this manuscript, I was blown away by the raw emotion of Robin Talley’s writing and the beautifully crafted plot that grabs you instantly on page one and turns this into an absolute stay-up-all-night-to-finish- it read. As Sarah and Linda challenge each other’s view of the world and fight against the prejudices they face, it is also clear how some of these battles have yet to be won and how relevant and necessary their story remains for a 2014 audience. A truly unique and incredible story, Lies We Tell Ourselves is the kind of novel that will resonate with both a young adult and adult audience long after the final page.
It's 1959 The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah's first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students - especially Linda, daughter of the town's most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're determined ignore. Because its one thing to stand up to an unjust world - but another to be terrified of what's in your own heart.
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'The main characters are terrific in what is a moving YA novel. And an important one.' - The Telegraph'
'This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you've finished it' - Lovereading
'This is an emotional and compelling read that I did not want to put down. It is [...]beautifully written and the tension just simmers on the pages.' - Bookbabblers
'This book packs a very powerful punch' - Historical Novel Society
'With great characterisation, tough issues covered, and a plot which had me guessing right up until the last pages, this is a must-read. Massively recommended!' - The Bookbag
'This exceptional novel of first love and sexual awakenings is set against a backdrop of shocking racism and prejudice. It is incredibly well written as the tense, riveting story seamlessly combines fiction with historical fact.' - Booktrust
'Every now and then a Young Adult book comes along that I want to push into every readers hands both young and old and Lies We Tell Ourselves is that book for 2014' - Jess Hearts Books
'Talley has mixed two controversial topics together to create a firecracker of a story' - Cheryl M-M's Book Blog'
|Publication date:||3rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Romance / Relationship Stories|
Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. See Robin Talley on Instagram Click here to read our 'Ask the Author' feature with Robin Talley. Click here to read a Q&A with Robin Talley.More About Robin Talley