Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lies We Tell Ourselves-Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 354
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2014
novel

Sarah was one of the first integrationists in a high school in Virginia where she becomes friends with a  bigoted white girl who ends up redeeming herself.

This is not the usual standpoint from which we hear this sort of story and I particularly enjoyed how intersectional this made the book.  Usually YA is rather one dimensional but by integrating multiple identities along with the school, Talley makes the story much more compelling to people who like their stories complicated, like me.  I enjoyed the multiple points of view which served to highlight the humanity of the characters.  Since we know how history played out, the book wisely focuses on character study. This was easy to read, prose wise, but the issues Talley focuses on are never simplified, and instead the intricacies of the pressures of gender, race, and sexuality are explored in a way that feels real.