Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. – Goodreads
I have to admit that I struggled with parts of Corrine Jackson’s If I Lie. No, it wasn’t because it was dull or badly written in any way, but it was very hard to not feel an overwhelming sadness for the main character, Quinn. She’s stuck in a difficult situation, caught between loyalty and the truth, and I am not exaggerating when I say that this book HURT.
When If I Lie opens up, Quinn has already been ostracized and horribly bullied by her school peers for cheating on her boyfriend, Carey. Her friends have turned their backs on her and then Carey goes MIA, which only makes things harder for her. If this had been any other book I would have expected Quinn to go crying into some guy’s shoulder and for the book’s pages to be filled with their love story, blah blah blah. It goes to show that I always expect the worst from a lot of contemporary reads, but Corrine Jackson pleasantly surprised me by not losing sight of Quinn’s individual journey. Quinn’s home life isn’t very easy, either. Her mother walked out on her family several years before and her father is closed off, almost seeming to hate Quinn for her mother’s mistakes. Between her family and friends, Quinn is very much alone and I cried for all that she had to endure. I don’t know if I could have withheld the truth like Quinn did, but I definitely admired her selflessness.
If I Lie doesn’t have a happily ever after ending, but it does have an honest conclusion. The pain doesn’t magically go away, there’s a loss of trust, and all ties aren’t mended, but there’s growth and the opportunity to find the strength to move on. Corrine Jackson’s If I Lie is raw and often painful, but it will get under your skin and have you thinking about it for days after.
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