THE LIE by Laura Sonnenmark


Age Range: 12 & up
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 Single-minded Norrie's entire world revolves around shutterbug Mark: During the school year, she took up photography and the yearbook to be near him; this summer, she's his partner snapping pictures of tourists on Maryland's beachfront. Her love is unrequited--until he sees her with a handsome older man, kindling his interest and starting the kind of summer romance most girls only dream about. Norrie's mistake is not admitting the ``handsome older man'' is her cousin's husband Brad, off- limits but a good pal. When Brad and Mark's paths cross, Norrie has to admit her ``lie'' and the relationship is off. Sonnenmark almost--but not quite--makes a point about Mark's shallowness: He liked Norrie only when she seemed sought after. Meanwhile, the breathless, teeny-bopper narration exhibits all the usual concerns of this age group--moaning about large hips, etc.--but the title is misleading: the ``lie'' is more a languishing misunderstanding, while its discovery is a foregone conclusion without impact. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-590-44740-8
Page count: 184pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1992