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Liar by Justine Larbalestier

It’s time for another #throwbackthursday, and this week we are arguing, I mean talking, about Liar by Justine Larbalestier. (Transcript)

47 Liar by Justine Larbalestier

In today’s episode…

Liar by Justine Larbalestier.

Micah Wilkins is a liar, she’ll lie about anything. Not just for personal gain, not just for a good reason, but to see how easily someone falls for the lies that comes easily as breathing. But all that’s behind her now. When her maybe-boyfriend Zachary is found dead, her whole life is thrown under a spotlight. This time, she’s going to tell the whole truth. Well, almost the whole truth, anyway.




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Episode highlights…


*3:34 The ‘almost’ whitewashing of the cover

*4:31 Amanda loves lying

*6:16 Danielle and Justine’s favorite liar


Things We Like A Latte

Danielle – Author Courtney Milan standing up for herself and calling out plagiarism

Amanda – The Horn, on Netflix


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*14:19 *drumroll* It’s plot twist time!

*17:35 Amanda’s reading

*21:17 Danielle’s reading


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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

If you are a fan of liars and unreliable narrators then you will want to check out Episode 3: Ooo, Scandalous: Three YA Thrillers, and Episode 13: “All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor”.

And if you are looking to add more “secrets, lies, and scandals” to your classroom library you can check out Danielle’s compilation of 15 YA Thrillers, or her blog post on unreliable narrators in YA.

We also reference in the episode a fantastic conversation between Justine Larbalastier and John Green on “the art of lying”.

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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon




  • Sage
    March 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    OMG, I love the third theory about Micah’s story. I thought that might have been where you were going in the non-spoilery part, but I had never thought about it until that moment (though I might have on a more recent reread, after seeing a similar explanation for another story). I had always read it as a straight-up lie. This was a book that had me thinking about it for days afterwards the first time I read it, and now I can’t wait to read it with the third theory in mind.

    • Danielle Hall
      March 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

      THANK YOU. I know you’re a big fan of things not being as they seem, and I’ll be sure to tell Amanda that you like my theory. I think this opens up a whole wonderful conversation about whether or not the author is the AUTHORity on their work,,, if Justine Larbalestier says that reading wasn’t her intention, does it make it invalid?

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