Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

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.  - Goodreads.com

I had been dying to get my hands on this book, because based on the summary, this promised to be a really amazing read.  And let me tell you... it was.  I loved it from the first page. Again, we have a contemporary situation that's really true to life, as I'm sure that this has happened before.  The author did an amazing job dealing with this sensitive situation and making Quinn sympathetic.

Quinn's character was the real driving force behind this book.  Her personality, her choices, and the journey she takes in the story.  She's kissed her boyfriend's best friend, and did so in a smallish town where everyone knows everyone else, and where her boyfriend is considered a hero being a military man serving overseas.  The way people treated her was absolutely unforgiveable.  Especially when they are unfairly judging her.  Of course, she's holding a secret that, if she told everyone, would completely clear her name and make people ashamed for treating her the way they have, but because she made a promise, she won't tell anyone.  You have to love Quinn on so many levels for being able and willing to take such abuse, knowing that you could tell them off if you wanted to.  But she chooses not to.  She has integrity, and she's protecting someone else.

It was so hard to watch her go through that though.  She's a heck of a lot stronger than I would be in that situation, being able to keep a secret while people hate her.  I loved her for that.  There's only one person in the whole book who doesn't judge her and treat her like a paraiah and that's George... a much older man whose a military retiree.  I loved her relationship with George... and this was actually my favorite aspect to the story.

Was there romance?  Yes, a little.  But in the end, the book didn't have the closure that I would have liked.  Despite that though, it was beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and very emotional.  Quinn finds herself during her journey, and it was a great journey to watch.  A beautiful book.


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