Lies we tell oursevles – Robin Talley

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Lies We Tell Ourselves is an important, illuminating book. What Sarah and her friends have to endure each day are unthinkable and horrific. It´s important to remember that even though the story is fictional,what Sarah and her friends went through is very real, and happened not that long ago.

I find it interesting that the author took two forbidden things and wrote about both of them; two teenage girls falling for each other and a black and white girl becoming friends/not hating each other. The books strength lies in the beginning and middle of the book whereas the end fell short for me. But all in all a good and important read.

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In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

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