Within the first pages of What I Saw And How I Lied, I was transported to 1947 Brooklyn, and then Palm Beach, through Blundell's precise, creative descriptions. And, as it turns out, this is a great place to be, following Evie Spooner, a young girl that craves her mother's good looks and her approval to wear lipstick. Living in the boom of post WWII America, Evie tags along with her mother and stepfather to an out-of-season, near abandoned Palm Beach where Evie meets a man eight years her senior, and falls very hard for his charming ways. What unravels is a murder mystery with innocent Evie discovering truths from exaggerated news stories and falsified testimonies. Her own ability to take matters into her own hands forces this 16 year old to become what she's meant to be: a good, true woman. This is a coming-of-age story, and Evie's growth throughout the novel is a miraculous experience. One of the most intriguing aspects of this story is that the most defining, important event of the book takes place outside of Evie's presence, and she never actually learns the truth of what happens, leaving the reader to draw their own slightly frustrated, but continually fascinating conclusions.
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