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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (22 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407114956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407114958
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2009
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Set in the US just after WWII, this book is narrated by 15yr old Evie Spooner.
She is the only child of devastatingly beautiful Beverley Spooner and a loving stepfather, Joe. Joe has a chain of appliance stores, reaping the new-found wealth of Americans after the war, however, it seems there are question marks over how he raised the money for them.
Unexpectedly he takes Evie and her mother on a holiday to Florida, a four day drive from their home in Queens.
This is an opportunity for Evie to blossom, to experience first love - but all is not as it seems. The young GI, Peter Coleridge, who sweeps Evie off her feet, is formerly from Joe's platoon. He seems to know a lot more about Joe than Joe is happy with.
Everything comes to a head as a furious typhoon sweeps the coast, reaping chaos and mayhem over the whole area and irrevocably changing Evie's life.

All the characters are beautifully drawn, Evie, a teenager desperate to make the jump into adulthood but in many ways very naive, her mother, a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, the salesman step-father, plus several other guests at the hotel.
Unfortunately I didn't feel the court case presented a true test of Evie's allegiancies, though I'd spoil the plot if I explained why.
Definitely a good read but not quite 5 stars.

The cover is striking - a flyleaf depicting a young Evie from the 40's and an inner cover showing her beautiful mother - a woman of her time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Basement Cat VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2009
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Evie is on the cusp of adulthood, but it's not coming quick enough for her. Like all young girls, she dreams of falling in love for the first time, and being allowed to wear makeup and high heels. When Evie's stepfather suddenly takes the family for a holiday in Florida, she is thrilled, but this is the first step towards tragedy that will cause her to grow up much more quickly than she wants too. The story is set just after the war when America was a prosperous country, and everyone had money to spend. Evie's stepfather was no different, and had set up some hardware stores, but where did he get the money from? A mysterious phone call prompts their flight from New York to Florida, but trouble follows them down there.

This is a great story, which I really enjoyed, and after I got to a certain point, I just couldn't put it down. Evie is a character that you can really warm to, and the author makes you sympathise with her as things start to go wrong. She tries so hard to be grown up, but she doesn't understand the rules of the game, and gets her fingers burnt. The story is set in the USA just after the second world war, and is filled with evocative sights and sounds of the era. The author says that this is a period that she is fascinated with, and this comes through in her writing. A very good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carly on 12 Oct. 2011
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This book is set in the 40's era at the end of WWII. The main character in the story is 15 year old Evie Spooner, who like all teenage girls dreams about falling in love for the first time, wearing make-up and an high heels and just wants to be more like her mum.

Evie is the only child of the beautiful Beverley Spooner and step-father Joe Spooner. Joe has come back from the war and has opened a couple of businesses and seems to be a good business man and loving father and husband. Unexpectedly he comes home from work and wants to pack everything up and go on vacation to Florida the next day.

The family seem to love Florida and are making friends. Evie meets Peter Coleridge (23) and falls in love, he is charming and extremely handsome. Turns out Peter served with Joe in the war. Things from then get complicated for Evie and she finds herself in the middle of a web of lies.

I loved the beautiful transformation of Evie into Evelyn, when she goes from little girl to being a grown up and knows what she has to do to fix things for her family.

I really enjoyed this book and read it very quickly, it is a little slow paced at the start tho. The characters are believable and likeable. 4/5 stars, A must read. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
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I'm not sure what defines a book as being for teenagers / young adults and also not sure why this one is defined as such. It may be because it is written from the perspective of the teenage main character. However, it's very readable for adults as much as for teenagers. The storyline might not be quite gripping or quick paced enough to keep some younger readers riveted and subtleties may be lost on others. In fact it was probably 90 to 100 pages into the book before anything really `happened' and even then it was only a hint and quickly off the scent again.

I found the title "What I Saw And How I Lied" very attractive and expected a big mystery lead up to a massive lie and, hopefully a great ` being found out'. Sadly the book doesn't live up to the title and I found the storyline very average. It might suit the American audience more than British because of the vocabulary and writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agne on 28 Dec. 2010
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This book, as suggested by the plot, focuses in some aspects about life after the second world war. When Evie's stepfather comes back all the misteries occur. Evie finds out about her neighbours, her stepfather and a new guy which she falls in love with. At the end the reader is left thinking about the unfairness of life and left wondering, to decide for themselves who was lying and who wasnt. I would rate this book 9/10 as it was unputdownably gripping, thought-provokingly powerful, with a hint of romance. Blundell is one to watch. Her believable characters inhabit a very real world, and she chooses her words with care. This book is not called Why I Lied, remember, but How. Ponder that.
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