Review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Published: 2009
By: Scholastic Audio
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs., 20 mins.
ISBN:  9780545222501



Eevee is almost 16, and her step-father, Joe, is back from the war and upon his return he built his empire as an appliance store owner. After many weeks of late nights, Joe comes home to his little family and announces that they are going on holiday to Florida. Without any rhyme or reason, the next morning Joe, Eevee, and her mom pack up and head south from Brooklyn, and upon their arrival strange things begin to happen.

I realize I’m ending my description ends like this might be a mystery novel, I’d have to disagree. It’s a murder mystery, but we never really find out who did it, with a female protagonist who makes a “big girl” decision to lie for her parents because she doesn’t either of them to accused of murder, even though it’s obvious they both had a hand in it. The beginning was sounding cool and slightly sweet, especially when Eevee was crushing hard on her step-father’s military buddy, Peter. But once things start getting tense then it gets awkward, and it almost seems Eevee takes having a crush to a whole new level of crazy!

I don’t know if I would recommend this book for a school library, since I know there are so many books about WWII with stronger female protagonists. Would you?


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Anatomy of a Librarian

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How I Did in 2016

As promised in my wrap up post last week, here are some numbers that I’ve compiled in order to share with you.

Before getting down to the nitty gritty of some of the info I’ve compiled, which are your standard who, what, when pieces:

The next one is one genres, as per usual, my highest read genre was young adult, with picture books in the lead.

There is a definite challenge for most readers to diversify their authors lists to include more women, I have found that of the books I read, 28 of them were written by women. I’m pretty impressed, as I can’t say whether I subconsciously made that choice or not.

The topic of diversity also leaned towards where an author is from, and obviously we can’t always find the information we need to answer the question, but I think I did pretty good. One can assume that a large number of my authors are American; I did try, however, to expand my horizons – as it were.

As you all know I participated in the #2016TBRReadingChallenge hosted by Bookish Lifestyle, as such here are my numbers for this year regarding what made the challenge requirements and what hasn’t:

48 authors were American
2 were Canadian
3 were European

So, that’s 35 books that made the challenge! Not bad, not bad 🙂

I realize my numbers aren’t that exciting, and I’m hoping this year I’ll be able to come up with more exciting ways to present my stats.

Happy new year everybody!


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