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  • Kimani Williams

Sometimes I Lie


Amber Reynolds is in a coma. She cannot see, move, or speak, but she can still hear...barely. What happened to her? Was there an accident? Was her husband to blame? Who keeps paying her secret nightly visits? Literally trapped inside herself, she slowly begins to recall the events leading up to that fateful night.

What I liked about the book:

The Diary: Throughout the book, I was given pages from the diary of a character who was 11 years old at the time. The diaries were raw and personal and to be kept private. The entries gave a lot of insight about Amber and her sister’s childhood. I loved reading them because they were the only honest thing in the book. For the longest time I thought the diary belonged to one character; it wasn’t until the end that I found out just how wrong I was.

The Different Time Frames: The story began with Amber waking up in a hospital bed completely clueless as to how she got there. Piece by piece her memory was restored, but she had to revert back to the past to understand the present. The book took me back and forth through the timeline between the week before the accident (Then), the diary entries from 1992 and later 93’ (Before), and present day in the hospital (Now).

The Ending: Plot twist of the century! I’m not going to spoil it, but you know how in The Sixth Sense, Bruce Willis turned out to be a ghost the whole time? Well the ending to this book is even more mind-blowing than that.

What I disliked about the book:

So Many Lies: The title should’ve really been called “Little Liars Everywhere” because every character with the exception of Paul was a compulsive liar. Amber was lying about how manipulative she was, her imaginary friend, and how much she lied. The only thing she was honest about was her resentment towards her sister, Claire.

Um, Did Everyone In This Novel Forget How To Talk?: What irked my nerves the most in this book was that a lot of the sticky situations including the accident could‘ve easily been prevented if everyone had just spoken up. The complete lack of communication in this novel was ASTRONOMICAL! Why was everyone so afraid to talk to each other? If Claire had told Amber about what she did to make her ex-boyfriend leave her alone, there wouldn’t be a mystery assailant stalking her hospital room every night. The mystery stalker would also be behind bars if Amber would’ve called the police when she was attacked the first time...or the second. Instead of assuming her husband doesn’t love her anymore and is having an affair, she could’ve just voiced her concerns to him earlier and what appeared to be her broken marriage. It baffled me how it took a tragic accident to get Amber (and pretty much everyone else for that matter) to finally speak up.

Overall Score: 8/10

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