What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Method of consumption: Paperback
Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Evie Spooner, a young-for-her-age 15-year-old girl, is trying to navigate life as a teenager in post-WWII New York when her recently returned from the war step-father Joe decides it’s time for a family vacation. Joe packs up his stepdaughter and his wife Beverly, and they head down to Palm Beach, Florida, where they befriend another couple and a young man named Peter Coleridge.
The sixsome spends a lot of time together, but it’s clear there’s some animosity between Joe and Peter. It isn’t clear why. This story is narrated by Evie as she falls in love for the first time, learns what it means to be an adult, and is forced to deal with tragedy.
I appreciated how well Judy Blundell drew me into the time and place of this novel. I was transported back in time to Palm Beach in an era much different than what we know today.
I was immediately enticed by the story and the characters, but they all fell flat for me somewhere in the middle of the book. Evie seemed to me a bit TOO young for her age, the adults were mostly unlikeable, and the story grew stale. However, the book finished out strong and left me thinking about how all of their lives were affected by the events that played out.
I look forward to reading more Judy Blundell, especially her first adult novel, The High Season, which came out on May 22, but I think this just may not have been the book for me.
I was also lucky enough to join in on the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club chat with Judy Blundell, and boy is she wonderful! She was so open and articulate, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her talk about both What I Saw and How I Lied and The High Season.