Lie #1: I'm not afraid
Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing
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.
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 isa moving YA novel. And an important one.' -The Telegraph'
This is sothought-provokingit almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel thatlingers long after you've finished it'-Lovereading
'This is anemotional and compellingread that I did not want to put down. It is [.]beautifully writtenand the tension just simmers on the pages.' -Bookbabblers
'This bookpacks 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
'Thisexceptional novelof first love and sexual awakenings is set against a backdrop of shocking racism and prejudice. It isincredibly well writtenas 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
*A Goodreads Choice Awards semi-finalist 2014*