Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves

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In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, Harlequin Teen,, [2014]
©2014
Branch Call Number: YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,22 cm.

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Two compelling teenage voices present a story of self-exploration from either side of a segregated community. In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when ... Read More »

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afictionado Jun 15, 2015

In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.

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AliReads Nov 26, 2014

Really good - really intense though. This was not an 'easy' book but it shouldn't be, there's so much rasicm and fear, I think the author portrays that really well. Sarah was just excellent from start to end. Their relationship was really interesting and tense and stressfull - loved it.

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AliReads Nov 14, 2014

So good - a brutal read, though.


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Butterflies34
May 03, 2021

Taken into account in Virginia, the first African American teens walk through the halls of their new school, Jefferson High School, with fear and anxiety amongst them. What will the current students say to them? Or better yet, how will they treat these new students? However Sarah meets a girl named Linda, and soon enough they’re having to work together for school, yet what lies ahead develops into more than just a friendship. Amongst the chaos and the bullying, the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to brighten in response to desegregation.

If you wanted to have a broader visualization upon what the Civil Rights Movement ended up revolutionizing, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a great example. On the contrary, there is language that can be disturbing to some readers, I would recommend middle schoolers and up read this book. Other than that, this book foresees the realistic views upon two worlds colliding to become one through history.

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emilyc2017
Aug 31, 2017

It was so painful to read the hate spewed at Sarah and her black classmates. Nobody should have had to go through any of that. What's scary is that so many people still think it's okay to think if not outright say and do the things that were said and done to Sarah and her black classmates.

LPL_KimberlyL Nov 28, 2015

A painfully realistic portrayal of school integration in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. This book is told from alternating viewpoints of one of the first African American students to attend a white school, and a girl whose racist and abusive father is the town's main proponent of segregation. Both characters struggle with their sexuality and are trying to find their way in a scary and violent world. This book does NOT hold back! The subject material is difficult and truly heart-wrenching, but ultimately it is hopeful and shows that people are indeed capable of change.

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QnVz
Oct 26, 2015

Very carefully and wonderfully crafted. A very good read about very strong, real, and relevant topics then and now too!

AliReads Nov 26, 2014

Really good - really intense though. This was not an 'easy' book but it shouldn't be, there's so much rasicm and fear, I think the author portrays that really well. Sarah was just excellent from start to end. Their relationship was really interesting and tense and stressfull - loved it.

While there have been many well written stories about the integration of schools in the south, what makes this story stand out is the story within the story – the unique and rich relationship between the girls, a white student whose family is spearheading the anti-integration movement, and a black student, one of the first in a group of black students to attend a white school. Written in alternating perspectives, the novel is ripe with discussion questions, and feels like an intimate and accurate account of the times. The bullying that happens to the black students feels realistic and heartbreaking, and teens will identify with the love/hate, complicated relationship between the main characters.

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miraellie
May 01, 2020

“The lipstick is a dark, dark red. The kind Hollywood stars wear. Not a shade good girls in Davisburg wear to the movies. I try it on anyway and gaze at my reflection in the mirror.

I don't look sick. I certainly don't look like that kind of girl.

What does that kind of girl look like, anyway?”

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QnVz
Oct 26, 2015

"We punish ourselves so much in our own imaginations. We convince ourselves everything we do, everything we think, is wrong." (Linda Hairston)

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QnVz
Oct 26, 2015

"This is who I am. And I like me this way. And I think God just might like me this way, too." (Sarah Dunbar)

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