Monday, November 2, 2015

Book Review #594 - The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew


My Rating:3/5 

A startling coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary Nazi England.

Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?

THE BIG LIE is a thought-provoking and beautifully told story that explores ideas of loyalty, sexuality, protest and belief.

This book poses the question what if Nazi Germany had won the war? It was the question that immediately won me over and convinced me to read it. 

The book follows Jessika Keller. Her family are hardcore Nazi followers, especially her father and Jessika has grown up with strong Nazi beliefs. 

On the other hand, Jessika has a forbidden crush on her childhood friend and neighbour Clementine who happens to despise the Nazis.

The whole setting of an alternative history was really interesting and compelling.

Jess seemed really naive at times and ultimately just wanted to please everyone all the time.

As the book progresses, Jess starts to question everything her parents value as Clementine's starts acting upon her extremist views. 

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