My Life With the Liars

My Life With the Liars

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"Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, "live in the light," and all would be well. But on the outside, things are different. There are colors and toys and food. There are liars and darkness. And twelve-year-old Zylynn now faces a difficult decision--to stay here with the enemy or find her way back to the light. And neither may be what it seems." -- Back cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Incorporated, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338110289
1338110284
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,21 cm

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chelseasc
Jan 20, 2017

An engrossing read that will have middle graders hooked from page 1. Zylynn's reactions to a world that she has been taught is fundamentally evil are carefully balanced to show her naivete without ignoring her age and her realistically teenage confidence in right vs. wrong. The plot moves quickly, with frequent flashbacks to her life in the compound, and Carter does a nice job of making both narrative strands engaging, parceling out details slowly to keep readers intrigued. The resolution is satisfying and empowering for Zylynn, allowing her to reach a point of understanding and a place where she can begin to ask the questions she has been suppressing for so long. That said, Carter never really delves below the surface - characters are pretty much as they appear, and larger questions about faith and the culture of consumption are never addressed with any complexity. Still, the intriguing premise should make it a good candidate for booktalks, and most young readers will enjoy the ride.

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joywolf83
Dec 31, 2016

A unique plotline of a girl growing up in a cult. She struggles to deal with the real world and still believe what she's been taught all her life. Since she's been starved, food is her weakness and causes her relax her guard when she knows she shouldn't. Her father gets custody of her and brings her to live with his family away from the compound. It was a fascinating read. I don't know if the target age range will be able to concept the situation. The stream of consciousness from Zylnn is difficult to track and read. I didn't like reading the parts that let you see into her mind because it almost felt like I was being brainwashed. The theme is so creepy I'd recommend 15 and up.

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chelseasc
Jan 20, 2017

chelseasc thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jasleen2580
Dec 09, 2016

Jasleen2580 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12

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