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F 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets JC the new boy in town whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new worldJoauin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find h. I ve only read one other book by this author but I want to read them all now This book may not hit the high points for all readers but for me it really encompassed growing up in a Latinx household in the eighties I like the various POVs and I like that you have a tension that is consistent between the mother and her children This is a book about not just emigrating but learning how to adapt in a world that doesn t mirror where you began The ending definitely left open the door to possibilities

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Is father and escape his mother’s manipulation The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joauin with flashbacks to their mother's experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolutionJennifer Mathieu’s multilayered novel explores the nature of secrets lies and fierce destructive lo. 35 STARSTHE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND is not the book I expected to read For some reason I thought Jennifer Matthieu s latest was a mysterythriller Instead it s a depressing look at a family through the eyes of Elena Joauin and their MamiIn 1959 Mami is used to a life of a pampered wealthy girl Amid Castro s rise to power she s sent to the USA allegedly to learn English She never sees her parents again I thought about the children that the US government separates from their parents and the trauma we continue to cause them Caridad now Carrie clearly is traumatized however much of her angst is due to no longer being wealthy She resents her foster family for making her do chores and looks down on everyoneElena resents her mother s ultra controlling behavior strictness her brother never had She lies to everyone about everything I understood her lies to get out of the house although the I read the less I trusted her I didn t take issue with Elena hooking up with JC In 1986 the setting for the story an almost seventeen year old girl dating nineteen year old routinely happened and was never uestioned I also didn t take issue with occasional drinking and using weed though I don t recommend it though I draw the line at selling drugs Everything in Elena s life set her up to fall for a guy like JC to be unable to discern partying from dangerJoauin wants out of Mariposa Island away from his alcoholic abusive mother He talks of finding his father in CaliforniaTHE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND takes readers through the summer of 1986 and through Carrie s young adult life While understanding the psychological trauma she endured I had trouble finding empathy for Carrie I liked Elena less as the book progressed While her predicament was extremely difficult she doesn t take the life preservers thrown her way and chooses wrong Joauin always tried to do the right thing though often resorted to lying They are THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLANDMathieu uses character than plot to move the story forward Very little happens throughout the story Two surprises caught me off guard and made perfect sense to the storylineI ve read Mathieu s other books than once but I doubt I ll ever read LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND AGAIN I enjoyed the book but didn t love it

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From the author of Moxie comes a stunning novel told in three voices about the lies families tell to survive Every year summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable controlling mother by babysitting for their two children And the summer o. If I m being totally honest this book was pretty boring right up until the last like 50 pages when everything finally starts falling into place This is another one that wasn t necessarily a bad book but it was just meh


About the Author: Jennifer Mathieu

wwwmoxiegirlsfightbackcom All my novels are published by Roaring Brook PressMacmillanMy favorite things include chocolate pepperoni pizza and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls I can basically uote every episodeI live in Texas with my husband son and dog When it comes to what I read I love realistic young adult fiction duh creative nonfiction super scandalous tell all memoirs and unauthorized biographies and basically anything that hooks me on the first page



10 thoughts on “The Liars of Mariposa Island

  1. says:

    If I'm being totally honest this book was pretty boring right up until the last like 50 pages when everything finally starts falling

  2. says:

    5 Words Family friendship secrets lies loveContent Warning Alcohol abuse drug use child abuse family separationRelease Day Review The Liars by

  3. says:

    I was so excited when I got my hands on a review copy of this book because I loved Moxie but this was nothing like that book To put it nicely this just didn't work for me This was a character driven story centered around lost and hopeless characters stuck in an unhealthy home environment and the effects that situation has on their lives outside the home as well as their hopes or lack thereof for their futures and potential happiness It's a

  4. says:

    I mostly wanted to try this because I was such a big fan of Moxie This is a book in a very different vein and so unsurprisingly perhaps it didn't work nearly as well for me

  5. says:

    This was a story filled with lies some they told to others but many they told to themselves The whole time I wondered if this family would be able to untangle all the lies and face their realities before it was too late• Pro I adore Mathieu's writing and once again she has treated me to a beautifully written story which was sort of sad but deeply moving • Pro Three points of view were used to tell this story and I thought Mathieu used

  6. says:

    I’ve only read one other book by this author but I want to read them all now This book may not hit the high points for all readers but for me it really encompassed growing up in a Latinx household in the eighties I like the various POVs and I like that you have a tension that is consistent between the mother an

  7. says:

    35 STARSTHE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND is not the book I expected to read For some reason I thought Jennifer Matthieu’s latest was a m

  8. says:

    During the nineteen eighties Mariposa Island is a summer playground for the wealthy and frivolous for siblings Joauin and Elena Finney it's home Under the vigilant and suspicious scrutiny of their mother Joauin is allowed to socialise with friends without a curfew Elena is only given permission to leave the ho

  9. says:

    A very different book from Jennifer Mathieu but I’m grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this prior to publicationThe ARC I received has the simple title ‘The Liars’ and this definitely indicates characters could be given this title than the family of three we predominantly focus onThe majority of the story foc

  10. says:

    Not what I was expecting the title is technically true but it's sort of convention that liars books are twisty thrillers with unreliable narrators and this is a uiet historical fiction with two timelines 1986 and 1957 Yes there are lies but this isn't that kind of liar bookOnce I adjusted my expectations I was

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