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Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

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{"strong"=>["Lie #1: I'm not afraid"]}
{"strong"=>["Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing"]}
{"strong"=>["Lie #3: I don't care what they think of me"]}
It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High.
No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students — especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist.
Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore.
{"strong"=>["Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world — but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart."]}
‘The main characters are terrific in what is a moving YA novel. And an important one.’ — The Telegraph’
This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you've finished it' — Lovereading
‘This is an emotional and compelling read that I did not want to put down. It is […]beautifully written and the tension just simmers on the pages.’ — Bookbabblers
‘This book packs a very powerful punch’ — Historical Novel Society
‘With great characterisation, tough issues covered, and a plot which had me guessing right up until the last pages, this is a must-read. Massively recommended!’ — The Bookbag
‘This exceptional novel of first love and sexual awakenings is set against a backdrop of shocking racism and prejudice. It is incredibly well written as the tense, riveting story seamlessly combines fiction with historical fact.’ — Booktrust
‘Every now and then a Young Adult book comes along that I want to push into every readers hands both young and old and Lies We Tell Ourselves is that book for 2014’ — Jess Hearts Books
‘Talley has mixed two controversial topics together to create a firecracker of a story’ — Cheryl M-M's Book Blog
{"strong"=>["*A Goodreads Choice Awards semi-finalist 2014*"]}
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  • Dany Téllezshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    All I can think of is how brave are all the women in here. The story felt super real despite being pure fiction. That talks a lot about the great research Robin Talley made to give us this masterpiece. I'm grateful for the space where she listed readings and videos so we can learn a lot more. I love the way she presents all this hard topics as if they were the most natural ones. I'm looking forward to reading more of her writing. CV


  • Dany Téllezhas quoted4 years ago
    The values many of us take for granted today are the result of hard-fought battles that happened years, decades and centuries ago. Working alongside the civil rights leaders we revere today, like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of now-forgotten activists who sacrificed everything they had so people today could live the way we do. Every generation needs to remember that—and to remember that it’s up to us to make sacrifices of our own for the ones who will come next.
  • Dany Téllezhas quoted4 years ago
    Sadly, discrimination, inequality and hate violence are very much still with us.
  • Dany Téllezhas quoted4 years ago
    It isn’t about sacrificing us for the movement. It’s about making hard decisions. Because somebody has to.

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