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The Big Lie


The Big Lie

Julie Mayhew’s THE BIG LIE takes place in Nazi England during the year 2015. It focuses on the story of Jessika, the extremely loyal daughter of an influential German man. Jessika has always tried to be the perfect role model and has always viewed herself as the number one student. She works very hard and does well in all she participates in. She is on her way to becoming an ice skater for the country and is already in one of the top Mädelschafts in the country. However, when Clementine moves in next door, things begin to change. Suddenly Jessika is realizing things she didn’t before and she’s doing things she never would have thought of doing.

"THE BIG LIE was absolutely incredible....I would recommend [it] to anyone and everyone. It is an excellent story that I believe everyone would enjoy."

Everything is controlled in the country of Nazi-run England --- music, books, television and everything in between. The citizens don’t even know what the Internet is. No American has even stepped foot in the country in over 60 years until Jay Acker (an American pop star) is allowed to perform for the country. To add to the excitement, Jessika’s Mädelschaft had been chosen to march onstage before the performance! Everyone is very excited and begins to prepare for the concert. The only girl not excited about the performance is Clementine. She has decided that she no longer wants to be a part of the Mädelschaft and does some very questionable things. Despite Clementine’s new reputation, Jessika is still determined to be a part of her life. As the time for the concert grows nearer, everything keeps getting more complicated. Things go from bad to worse. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.

I thought THE BIG LIE was absolutely incredible. I could not put it down. It was interesting and exciting. I had to cover the next page with my hand while reading to keep from reading ahead. THE BIG LIE is about rebellion, friendship and sexuality. It’s about making tough decisions and trying to figure out who you are. It’s just a really amazing story that includes so many different topics it’s nearly impossible to explain them all. I think one of my favorite parts about this book was being able to truly see Jessika’s internal struggle. She has a really hard time deciding what is right and what is wrong. I love books that feature characters you can really relate to and whose human qualities are very prominent throughout the story.

I would recommend THE BIG LIE to anyone and everyone. It is an excellent story that I believe everyone would enjoy. However, I would especially encourage those struggling with their sexuality and anyone who considers themselves a little rebellious to read this book. I think this book might just help you out. It may help you see that even in a society where every little thing is controlled, you still have choices and you can still be yourself. It may come at a cost, but you must determine if it is worth it or not. There is something for everyone to relate to in THE BIG LIE, which is why I recommend it highly to anyone.

Reviewed by Ashley D., Teen Board Member on December 13, 2017

The Big Lie
by Julie Mayhew