Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

For Christmas last year, I come to know what is now one of my prize possessions, and I dub it as the Marmite of the booklovers world: a Kindle. I love it, personally (though I hate Marmite), and I’ve had my eye on this book for a while so it was the first book I bought for it. I loved it. Every word. That’s why you’ll find this is one of the rare occasions where I’ll review this book for this site but also for The Guardian. But enough of that. On with the review…

It’s the time where integration is happening in the United States of America. In the town of Davisburg, Jefferson High has been shut since the Courts ruling that integration was going to happen, but five years on from the Supreme Court ruling that integration needed to happen and it was going to happen, a court ruled the closure was illegal and so a select few black teenagers are chosen to start the integration, one of them being Sarah Dunbar. Sarah is a God fearing individual, so a lot of things are off the cards. Too bad she ended up at Jefferson. That’s all you get from me.

What can I really say about this book? I loved literally every word of it.

This book, I found, plays with your emotions. Later on in the book, you meet Linda, who is a white segregationist. She is put with Sarah through a French assignment, and I found myself being subject to a whirlwind of toil as you decide who to side with, because Linda’s right but she’s against integration. I can only describe it as a bitter sweet pleasure. Not since any John Green novel has any book done that for me.

This is a cleverly written book as the topic of integration is one that is feared by many to be written about. I often write about how sad it is that all I tend to see in bookshops today is dystopia (though it remains one of my favourite genres) and romance. Seeing Lies We Tell Ourselves is a fresh sight for sore eyes. It’s great to see this issue covered in a way that’s captivating and entertaining to read and still, bear in mind, have trouble cubed in this book.

I completely recommend you read this book, like, right now. Please, and I promise you that you won’t regret it. 


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