Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

October 19, 2012 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

I liked Liar and Spy because it was realistic and that made the book easy to read. In the book Georges (the “s” is silent) lives in an apartment in Brooklyn, and his parents both have jobs, which leaves him alone most of the day. This book is distinguished from other books because I have never read a spy book that ended up just like this one did. The only thing I disliked was that it left you hanging on two or three things I felt like I needed to know.

I am disappointed in Rebecca Stead. Her latest concoction is a rather short, flat little book. The main character didn’t have a voice, meaning the story could be unclear at times.
This book was supposed to be humorous. I found it almost completely devoid of any good humor. The “jokes” were meaningless little comments, in my opinion. Also, the characters didn’t seem realistic. Or cute. Or clever. They acted differently than normal kids would. I mean, please! A boy named Pigeon? A girl who went everywhere in pig slippers? The plot was boring and bone-dry. The twists didn’t twist me, and the surprises were lacking in imagination. This book doesn’t strike me as distinguished. It seems ordinary, and unimaginative.

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