Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves

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In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, 2014
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373212040
Branch Call Number: YA TALLEY 2014
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 31, 2017

It was so painful to read the hate spewed at Sarah and her black classmates. Nobody should have had to go through any of that. What's scary is that so many people still think it's okay to think if not outright say and do the things that were said and done to Sarah and her black classmates.

LPL_KimberlyL Nov 28, 2015

A painfully realistic portrayal of school integration in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. This book is told from alternating viewpoints of one of the first African American students to attend a white school, and a girl whose racist and abusive father is the town's main proponent of segregation. Both characters struggle with their sexuality and are trying to find their way in a scary and violent world. This book does NOT hold back! The subject material is difficult and truly heart-wrenching, but ultimately it is hopeful and shows that people are indeed capable of change.

Oct 26, 2015

Very carefully and wonderfully crafted. A very good read about very strong, real, and relevant topics then and now too!

AliReads Nov 26, 2014

Really good - really intense though. This was not an 'easy' book but it shouldn't be, there's so much rasicm and fear, I think the author portrays that really well. Sarah was just excellent from start to end. Their relationship was really interesting and tense and stressfull - loved it.

While there have been many well written stories about the integration of schools in the south, what makes this story stand out is the story within the story – the unique and rich relationship between the girls, a white student whose family is spearheading the anti-integration movement, and a black student, one of the first in a group of black students to attend a white school. Written in alternating perspectives, the novel is ripe with discussion questions, and feels like an intimate and accurate account of the times. The bullying that happens to the black students feels realistic and heartbreaking, and teens will identify with the love/hate, complicated relationship between the main characters.


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May 01, 2020

“The lipstick is a dark, dark red. The kind Hollywood stars wear. Not a shade good girls in Davisburg wear to the movies. I try it on anyway and gaze at my reflection in the mirror.

I don't look sick. I certainly don't look like that kind of girl.

What does that kind of girl look like, anyway?”

Oct 26, 2015

"We punish ourselves so much in our own imaginations. We convince ourselves everything we do, everything we think, is wrong." (Linda Hairston)

Oct 26, 2015

"This is who I am. And I like me this way. And I think God just might like me this way, too." (Sarah Dunbar)


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