Title: Liar & Spy
Author: Rebecca Stead
Copy Obtained: ARC from Publisher
When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?
Ok what did I think of this book? Let me start with some background. I LOVED LOVED LOVED When You Reach Me by the same author. It was one of the first books I read when I got into blogging and I loved it. It literally made me gasp and has won a special place in my heart. So with that I was very excited to read another book my Rebecca Stead. My expectations were so high, that I think there was no choice but to feel some let down. It just didn't have the same punch as When You Reach Me.
I really liked Georges. He was great - the kind of kid I'd love to have in my class. Smart. Kind. Nice. Respectful. All those things. If it wasn't for him I might not have finished the book, but I wanted to see what happened with him. Plus I knew things weren't happening with him at home, so I was curious to see what it was. In the end I was glad I found his whole story. It made me like him even more.
As for Safer......Um I struggled with him. I didn't particularally like him, so it was hard for me to trust him or want Georges around him. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was, but there was something about him that just didn't work for me. I mean in the end I got him and understood, but it was tough getting there.
As for the ending - Many pieces come together that I hadn't seen coming and that was nice. So many thing because clear, and I understood each character so much better. It also reminded me to never think I know someone just by what I see of them - that there are tons of other things going on that I many not be aware of. That is what I'm thinking Rebecca Stead might have had in mind when writing it. It's something we all need to be reminded of.
Final Thought: Good - my expectations were way too high
Best stick-with-you image: The scrabble tiles
Best for readers who: Can handle slower moving books
Best for ages: 9-12
For the Guys? Yes I think so. The two main characters are boys, and they might be able to relate to one or the other.