Title: My Life with Liars
Author: Caela Carter
Recommended for: 7th & 8th
Call Number/Link: J Fiction Carter, C.
Synopsis: Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, “live in the Light,” and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn thirteen and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused and desperate to return to her home.
Zylynn resists her new life—until she finds small comforts like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult decision—to stay with the enemy or find her way back to the light. And neither may be what it seems.
Review: This book is being sold as one for 5th-8th graders, but I think the upper end are going to be the ones who like it the most. It’s not so much that it deals with heavier topic, but the way it’s written I don’t know that it’ll engage 5th/6th graders as much. However, those of that age already obsessed with tough issues, I would easily give them this book.
Zylynn has spend her whole life in a cult. She’s been brainwashed and drugged to the point she can’t see the truth. While the cult started off innocently enough, they got to the point where children where separated from their parents and even men from the women. Zylynn doesn’t even realize who her own mother is even more, or even that she’s supposed to have one!
When her father comes and takes her away, she does everything to resist this new world. She was told that the outside was darkness and full of liars. And if she can’t get back in 10 day, before her 13th birthday, she’ll be doomed to this world forever. Zylynn tries to be good and think only of the Light, but some things are too hard to ignore like plenty of food to eat, clothes that have colors, & no punishments for talking out.
I did find the end a little too convenient, but other than that this is a gripping tale of discovering truths and lies.