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If I Lie / Corrine Jackson, Simon Pulse 2012 9781442454132.

What an amazing book this turned out to be. Even though you are let in 
on the big secret very early on, the author does such an amazing job of 
weaving the story, you are mesmerized until the very last page. Quinn 
and Carey are the perfect couple. They've grown up in a military culture 
where almost every family in town has someone in the Marines, someone 
who was killed in action , or someone who served and still acts 
military. Carey has been the perfect boyfriend, or so Quinn thinks until 
the night she discovers differently. Her reaction to the news, results 
in her going to their mutual best friend Blake and spending the night 
with him as much to help convince herself she's still desirable as in 
reaction to the shock she just received. When Carey comes to her beaten 
and full of despair the next day, Quinn makes a painful decision to 
stick with him for the time being. Blake, seeing them together again 
that night at a football game, becomes extremely angry and confronts 
her. Their resulting interaction beneath the stands quickly turns 
passionate and someone snaps a photo that shows Quinn nearly unclothed 
and in a compromising position with him, but the only thing in the 
picture that might identify Blake is a tattoo that only he, Quinn and 
Carey know he has.

The bulk of the book occurs after Carey is reported missing in 
Afghanistan while on a Marine mission. Quinn, already a social pariah 
after the compromising photo has been posted on Facebook, now has to run 
a daily gauntlet of hate and scorn, not only at school, but at home 
where her ex-marine dad is still holding in his own pain from the day 
Quinn's mother, who could no longer tolerate his rigid obsession with 
the corps, ran off with his brother. At first, Quinn deals with the 
daily assaults by trying to appease and be as invisible as possible, but 
that strategy quickly becomes next to impossible for her to follow. The 
only person who doesn't judge her is George, an elderly veteran spending 
his last days at the local veteran's hospital where Quinn has been 
ordered by her father to do community service. The way their developing 
relationship is handled by the author is one of the highlights of the 
book. George is irascible as can be, but Quinn sees through this as they 
learn each has something to give the other. George gives her the 
emotional support found nowhere else in her life, as well as teaching 
her to become a pretty good photographer. In return, Quinn gives him the 
mobility and extra hands he needs to continue helping other veterans at 
the hospital record their stories for the National Veterans' History 

When Carey is rescued by other marines, the news sets numerous events in 
motion. Quinn has kept her promise to him not to reveal the secret that 
set her on her disastrous course the night before the photo, but has 
gotten nothing but grief and hatred in return. How they resolve this, 
how she sorts out her relationship with Blake , who has secretly (well 
maybe not so secretly) loved her all along, what happens when her mother 
comes back into her life unexpectedly, what happens when she finally 
reaches her breaking point with her punitive dad and how everything 
shakes out at the end make for one awesome read. This is a book both 
adults and young adults who like a reality-based romance with plenty of 
tension will thoroughly enjoy.

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