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The Lies We Tell Ourselves


This review may contain language that some may find offensive, I can assure you that these are not my views but extracts from the novel.

Someday, the history books will write about what’s happening to us right now. What do you want them to say about you? That you did nothing while history was happening all around you?


This was an impulse buy in the Kindle Store’s spring sale, and what an incredible find for 59p! Set in the South of America in 1959, it follows two very different girls from very different backgrounds and very different beliefs.

Sarah is one of the first black teenagers to go to an all white school. Of course no one wants her there, and she doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t want to go to a school where the fear of being picked on by a teacher is the worst of her worries and the fear of being attacked on the way home from school is a very real threat.

Linda is the daughter of one of the most outspoken segregationist in the south, and she shares his views. She can’t believe she is in the same class as Sarah let alone any other black person. So when a French project forces them to work together neither one is exactly happy about it.

It is definitely one of the better books I’ve read so far this year. The characters are real and relatable, even if there was 50 years between us, and it was definitely a thought provoking read. Although some of things Linda said made me shake my head in disbelief that people actually thought that way and that some people still do:

“When someone’s praying, you’re supposed to be quiet and respectful. But those are the rules for white people. Are they the same for Negroes?”

As if that thought actually popped into someone’s head?

I would suggest everyone should read this book, it was an absolutely brilliant read and I couldn’t put it down. It is an important read. A definite recommendation from me!

Happy Reading 


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