By: Judy Blundell
What I Saw and How I Lied is a young adult novel written by Judy Blundell. It won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The book can be considered historical fiction and young adult at the same time as the story revolves around the main character Evie Spooner during the post trauma of World War II. The story remarkably encounters Evie and her family’s story while Evie herself approaches adulthood in ways neither she nor readers ever expected.
In this classy thriller, Evie Spooner matured quickly as the realization that her beloved parents were not all that she had thought they were. While on vacation in Palm Beach in 1947, Evie’s parents, Joe and Bev, get implicated with the Graysons, a couple on vacation on a suspicious business deal that may have more to it that originally believed. Meanwhile, Evie develops a social relationship with Peter, a handsome ex-GI who served with Joe. Coincidentally or perhaps not so, he happened to be a guest at the same hotel as the Spooners. Evie soon learns that Peter’s presence is no coincidence and that his very existence terrorizes to unveil a horrible secret that Joe has kept hidden since the war. Evie must sort through secrets, lies, and her own grief to find the truth. Using cunning subtlety and ingenious writing techniques, Blundell had created a suspenseful, historical mystery that sensibly captures the boroughs of first love and the crushing realization that your world was nothing but an illusion of childhood innocence. This book is suitable for readers ages 13 and up.