3.7/5-I wanted to dislike this book. But I couldn’t because Corrine Jackson did a clever job disguising the romance in this story with the military. Still, half of the book I was wondering why I was reading this book and the other half and I was gasping/squealing at whatever Quinn was doing.
(Summary from Goodreads)
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
Told from Quinn’s perspective, a story about cheating, heartbreak and how judgemental people really can be without knowing the whole story. The idea for this story wasn’t the greatest, it was a bit sloppy and repetitive of the same things over and over again. Some of the characters were well written and stood out to me while others were mucky and unclear. It felt like Corrine Jackson didn’t know what to write about for half of the characters’ so she barely wrote anything at all.
The romance in this story almost killed me. If it was any other guy that Quinn decided to fuck, I would have been happy. But no, Corrine Jackson wanted her to fuck one specific person which was annoying because it is the same person in a lot of books now a days. It was typical and annoying. There was a lot of repetition in this story, after a few chapters, I started to get annoyed at how much she kept saying she had to keep Carey’s secret, or how her life sucked and she had to keep Carey’s secret because she promised him. It got annoying very quickly for me. Most of the book was boring with the bitchy girls doing rude things to Quinn and making her feel like a slut. I wished Corrine Jackson stayed away from that romance and made the girls meaner and tougher in a few ways because from how Quinn reacted, I thought they were throwing around death threats and stuff like that.
If I Lie is a typical idea cloaked in war. That was one of my favourite things about this story because I actually laughed once I realized what kind of book I was reading. I liked that the chapters were short and sort of easy to swallow. George was my favourite character because he was different and wise and such a great person. I was always happy reading any part that George was in. Thank God he was included in this story. The ending was also pretty good because I was expecting her to go with one guy but she shocked me and went the unthinkable way.
The ending made gave me hope that it didn’t have to be such a typical story after all. Even though it wasn’t a book I entirely enjoyed, If I Lie is a good book for something to read on a rainy day. It’s also a good read for anyone who loves love triangles and full of marine/war things.