what i saw and how i lied

{{ What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell }}

Narrated by a sixteen year old, Evie. This story takes place in America shortly after the WWII. When Evie’s step-father - Joe, returns after his service, he decides to go for a vacation forthwith. Their destination? Palm Beach. During their stay at the hotel, Evie, her mother - Bev and Joe meets a few other vacationists. One of which is Peter Coleridge, a handsome young ex-GI whom Evie immediately develops a tender attachment with. Is it love? She’s not quite sure. As the story goes on, there are a lot of secrets to be revealed. Such as how everyone was connected to everyone. Apparently, they’ll be facing a lot more than their anticipated vacation.

I’m not sure how to react about this book. It wasn’t bad but i can’t say it was a good read. It’s a bit difficult to get into it, it takes a while to get interested with the story. Frankly, I find it a bit boring. And i have to say, the ending left me with unanswered questions.


 Evie lives with her mother, father and grandmother in post World War II New York.  Things are tough with all those people living under one roof. Joe, her father, comes home one day and decided to take Evie and her mother, Bev, to  Palm Springs, Florida.  While in Florida, they stay at a hotel where they meet many new people including the Graysons and the young and handsome Peter Coleridge.  Evie is smitten for Peter; she is in love with him. However, everyone keeps getting in the way of her budding romance.  Just when things begin to get cozy between her and Peter and boat trip takes place. Bev, Joe and Peter go boating and hurricane hits Palm Springs.  Evie is alone and does not know the fate of her family and her beau. After days of the unknown, Evie is reunited with her parents, but Peter is missing.  Once Peter is rediscovered things become a whirlwind of lies, mistrust, trials and the truth about her misleadingly ideal family comes to light.  Evie learns that life is not always perfect and lies can break even the most idyllic of families.  


 Blundell, J. (2008). What I saw and how I lied. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.


 I really did love the post World War II aspect of the novel .  I am quite a WWII to buff and it was great that Blundell included a lot of information about what the woman were doing at home while the men were in Europe. We often get lots of information about the men doing their duty but not a lot is said about the women.  Blundell included information about the victory gardens that women grew; Evie, Bev and Grandma Glad tended their victory garden daily for their help in the war.  Also, Blundell discussed women working at that time to support their  families while their men were at war.  Evie’s mom Bev worked to support her and Evie. She sold ties at a department store. I loved that fact that the focus wasn’t the men in WWII. We actually were given a vision of what life was back home in the states.  

 I was also very taken by the situation with the Graysons. After reading, you learn that the Graysons are actually of Jewish descent.  When the owner of the hotel in Palm Springs discovers they are Jewish, he orders them to leave.  I think that Blundell brought attention to an overlooked aspect of the time.  Jewish prejudice was not just by the Nazis and their like.  Even people in the USA  had their qualms with the Jews.  They still, after the finale of WWII faced prejudice.  Blundell presented these characters as sweet, hardworking individuals. Arlene Grayson was particularly awesome; she took Evie under her wing, bought her clothes and spent time with her. Everyone loved them, even Mr. Forney, the hotel manager. But as soon as Forney discovered their heritage he treated them like scum and ran them out.  I think this is a good reflection of the actions taking place today. Racisms and prejudice still occurs today. People of different religion, races and cultures are still under persecution in some areas.  This books gives readers a chance to see that this prejudice is not new; this is something that has been happening for a long time.  Evie, however, finds it unfair that the Graysons are being discriminated against.  I think readers can see the unfairness through Evie’s eyes and see that in this day an age.  I think there is a lot to learn about discrimination in this book; people have the chance to be fighters for equality like Evie was.  

 Lies are a main theme throughout this book.  Evie lies about her times with Peter.  Beverly lies about her secret relationship. Joe lies about what happened in Europe during the war.  Lying and mistrust cause most of the issues that are in this book.  However, from a reader’s standpoint, I think that it teaches the reader just how much lying can get you and others around you in trouble. Every time a lie was told it ended up hurting someone in the long run.  I think as a reader, you are able to learn that lying is not a good idea. We are taught that lying is bad, but seeing how it tears this family apart throughout the book, it is a theme that can make a huge impact.

 That being said, I found it insane that Evie got on the stand at the end of the book and lied openly to the court, the attorneys and the judge in the trial.  She knew it was wrong. She went to her lawyer and explained what she was going to do.  I think that this sends a terrible message to young readers.  Evie lied to save her family. Most people would do anything to save their families.  But to deliberately lie and ruin the lives of other people (in this case Peter’s father, Wally and his father), I think it was very terrible what Evie did.  She knew her family was messed up and possibly on the outs due to this trial.  So instead of telling the truth and hopefully fixing the situation in a natural way, she lied on the stand.  She knew what her parents did (no spoilers) and LIED. They went back to New York with somewhat clean consciences and I just couldn’t believe it.

Evie learns during the story her father stole from the Jews in Europe. He said that those things didn’t belong to anyone anymore. He brought those goods home and sold them for money. Which is completely deplorable. While on trial, Grandma Glad attempts to use this money to bribe the lawyers and judges, which again is deplorable.  Once back in New York, in an attempt to make up for what her father did in Europe she takes the money and attempts to give it to Arlene Grayson to make up for the atrocities in Europe during the war.  Although I do think that Evie did was genuine, I am appalled that she just stole the money from her Grandma Glad.  Yes, the money was stolen first by her father, but she was so appalled by the fact that he had stolen it. It wasn’t his to steal.  Knowing this and having these feelings about stealing, she steals the money again.  She is returning it to the ‘rightful owner’ but it’s still stealing.

 I just found that this book was a treasure trove of bad behaviors: lying, adultery, stealing, cheating and possible murder.  It made for good reading, but I would hate for a young reader to take away these questionable actions and think that they are okay.  I feel as though this book, although for 8-12 reading level, has many themes that are very adult.  I would not suggest this book for very young readers.

 Professional Review

 In this sophisticated thriller, 15-year-old Evie grows up quickly when she discovers her adored parents are not the people she thought they were. While on vacation in Palm Beach in 1947, Evie’s parents, Joe and Bev, get involved in a shady business deal with the Graysons, another couple on holiday. Meanwhile, Evie begins a flirtation with Peter, a handsome ex-GI who served with Joe and just happens to be staying at their hotel. Evie soon learns that Peter’s presence is no coincidence and that he threatens to uncover a terrible secret that Joe has kept since the war. Then Bev, Joe, and Peter go boating, but only two of them return. Evie must sort through secrets, lies, and her own grief to find the truth. Using pitch-perfect dialogue and short sentences filled with meaning, Blundell has crafted a suspenseful, historical mystery that not only subtly explores issues of post–WWII racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class, but also realistically captures the headiness of first love and the crushing realization that adults are not all-powerful.

Hubert, J. (2008) [Review of the book What I saw and how I lied by J. Blundell]. Booklist, 105(5), 36-37.

 Library Uses

 I think, based on the theme of this book, it would be an excellent time to have a display or informational presentation about discrimination and prejudice of the Jews (and others) during World War II.  It would be informative to create a timeline of events of WWII and have articles, artifacts and images to create and immersive activity for readers of this book.  That was only one small aspect of the book but it made a huge impact on me.  

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

5 star

Growing Up, Post-WWII Era, Hurricanes, Family, Love, Honesty

Fifteen-year-old Evie’s stepfather takes her and her mother to Florida on a vacation. Evie falls in love with Peter, a veteran like her father, but her ideas of love and truth are tested as she learns more about her mother’s past and her father’s relationship with Peter, culminating in a murder accusation. This intoxicating coming of age tale is full of secrets, passion, suspicion, and the struggle to understand truth. The historical setting emphasizes the closeness of the tourists and the atmosphere of an era. Would recommend to anyone.

She thought nothing of her eyes. She said they looked like green and blue vomit than a thing of beauty. I guess they didn’t know how to love her Bc what I saw was something different; something beyond anything I’ve ever seen. They were like paradise and deep mystery. They had the blueish green colors of the tropical sea with shorelines stretched outward: storms hidden inside her islands. They were like magnificent planets of a new constellation, with her iris’s as earth’s blue and green hues mixed together, a hint of stardust just around the pupils. It’s in her eyes I could get lost at sea or travel through light years in her stars. But what lies behind them is what’s worth seeing, a deeper meaning. How she uses them is a thing of true beauty itself.
—  MM @letsdrive-away

anonymous asked:

Apparently NH won "best anime couple" 7 times? But I have never heard of this despite being a NH fan. As much as I love NH, I don't want this ship (or any) to be based on lies. As far as I can see its didn't even make it to "50 best ships", and ranked 17th (I believe) on tumblr ships. I just wanted to say that because I saw this post on ig with hundreds of likes and the comments was saying how its popularity is why they like it. I ship NH for the chemistry and not popularity

It’s certainly the first time I’m hearing of it. Where did they win this “Best Anime Couple” 7 times? What website? What competition? Was it recent? Because I only know of The 2015 Couples bracket Tournament, the Most Reblogged Ship on Tumblr in 2015, and more recently, the 50 of The Most Popular Ships in Fandom Culture, all of which had SS come out as the most popular Naruto ship.

But yeah, popularity isn’t really a reason to like a relationship.

moonigaming  asked:

Song lyrics: How can I pretend that I don't see What you hide so carelessly? I saw her bleed You heard me breathe And I froze inside myself And turned away

Person A has a huge secret (other family/addiction/illegal way of earning money) they were keeping away from B. When B finds out on their own, they still love A, but know that they have to break up, scared of what other lies A might be telling.

Prompt submitted by @liskqisk

I hate doing this, but I've got something on my chest.

Those of you reading this may know that I was previously in a relationship with a woman named Sabrina. On July 17th, 2016, also known as my birthday, I ended the relationship.

I felt like we had too many issues that couldn’t be fixed, and personally felt as though my life would be happier if we parted ways. I was visibly upset about this decision, and cried for days to my friends and family. My true friends had been on my side since the beginning and assured me that what I was doing was right. My family was supportive and confirmed my thoughts on how I now saw my ex girlfriend.

If any of you lovelies follow her as well, you will know that she recently posted a post on how I am transphobic and how I lied to her about being ace. She also called my sister a slut (which I take very personally as my sister is one of the most important person in my life), how I lied to her, and how I want to sleep with someone physically already.

I can assure you all that I am not transphobic. You can be whoever you want to be. It’s not for me to judge and I never will. If you lovelies believe me or not, that is up to you. As to whether I am ace or not, I am still deciding. I have only ever slept with my girlfriend, and lost my virginity to her. I have never in my life been with anyone else, and perhaps that is a reason why I believed myself to be ace. I do not believe I lied to her very much, as I can not think of many times I did. I do know I did lie to her after sex when she asked me if I finished, as I never once orgasmed during any of our times of having sex.

As for this man I am apparently having sex with, I can say this. I have never slept with him. I have never kissed him. I haven’t even gone on a date with him yet. But would I sleep with him? Perhaps. Once I got to know him better in person maybe that perhaps would turn into a yes. It’s a matter of time.

I do not understand why she hates me, as I have nothing but memories from our time together. Three years is a long time to be together and I enjoyed our time together. I do not understand why she is upset about me seeing someone else as well, as she had a boyfriend two days after we broke up. I know she will see this no matter if I block her (which I have) so I hope she is happy with her life.

I know I am happier than ever.

anonymous asked:

Knew some people have missed the romance this week, but I liked the maturing of starry. Talking through problems, harry sharing his in sighting into how leah was feeling therefore opening up past his past and no more lies and secrets. Character based rather plot based. what have you liked about this week?

Precisely! Character based, grown up, discussions, the past–it was lovely and new. Starry had basically a full year of story in which we saw how hot they are for each other (still hope we get more of that lol) and how infatuated they are–now we get to see how they support each other and listen and grow and learn from each other. And with the family stuff added? Ugh it’s just perfect <3 

I liked:
-bubbly, naive Tony (I always adore him^^)
-Starry freely opening up to each other & Harry comforting Ste
-the way Ste said “Rrrrryan” to Leah with such contempt made me laugh^^
-isn’t Ela-May a great little actor??? wow!
-Harry being concerned about the kids and involved, but never overstepping his place, you know? He’s just a perfect support for Ste~
-Harry saving Ste at the police station
-”You’re right” -”Sorry, what was that? Didn’t quite catch it.” LMAO HARRY
-”I need you to tell me what to do, Harry.” Sometimes it feels like Ste’s dismissive with Harry cause he’s just being his snarky, stubborn self but it’s lines like this that show how much Ste listens to, respects and relies on Harry.
-I know some people didn’t like Holly’s comment to Harry, but I loved it bc it confirmed that even his friends can see that Harry always puts Ste first and that’s beautiful <3
-omg Warren was somehow perfect at giving Ste the tough love he needed??? and Ste’s last scene making things work with Amy & Ryan and his speech was so touching (too bad their goodwill won’t last long)