The months of November and December were crazy busy for me! The holidays are a stressful time for me and I glad the big ones are over. This new year I'm going to try really hard to stick to a schedule and post more stuff for you guys. I'm bring back Short Story Weekly and promise to keep up on it this time. Okay, enough of my babble let's get on to my review. =-P
The way this book is written reminds me of poetry. I would describe it as insightful, inspiring, depressing, and complicated beautiful morbid lyrical poetry.
The First True Lie is a hard book to digest. The story is told through the voice of a young boy named Luca who deals with the death of his mother in a very strange and grim way. He decides to carry on with his life as if she isn't really dead, hoping that she may come back to life. You witness Luca slowly losing grip with reality and bouts of madness and insanity. It was overwhelming to see such a brilliant young boy crumble in such a manner. I honestly wanted to pull him out of the book so I could hug him and tell him everything would be okay. If I could, I would adopt him. I would have done anything just to soothe him. (Which is saying a lot because kids aren't my forte.)
So, yes...I loved Luca and his story but I couldn't bring myself to rate it higher than 3 stars for a few reasons. First off the ending irritated me. It is the mother of all cliff-hangers and left me with many questions. It almost feels like the story isn't completely finished. The hurt it brought was unimaginable. Secondly, I had to re-read some portions of the book a few times before I could understand them. I expected this because it is told through the voice of a young child and children usually don't have rational behavior but I found myself confused far too often. I may have to read this one again to see if my opinion changes. I will say, give this book a chance because you have to meet Luca... I guarantee he will steal your heart.