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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. 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 book that deals with lots of disappointments and addictions and abuse and sadness It s a hard book to read in places and readers should go in knowing it s dark and unhappy and difficult to read I thought I was going to be reading a book about family drama and lies and dysfunctional families And that I got But what I was really hoping for was something that was different from other books I ve read about dysfunctional families Similar to how Moxie brought a different feeling to YA feminist characters Something that had to say about the lies we tell each other and ourselves and how one lie can have such a huge impact on so many people But this really was a just a book about all of the lies this family tells each other There was one big lie I didn t see coming and another that I did and was kind of disappointed in how it was found out We get to read from both Elena and Joauin s POVs and also get chapters about their mother s past It was interesting reading about how they ended up where they are but I m just not a fan of books where people just avoid and lie and hate each other and then the book ends There is no conclusion no happy ending though I wasn t really expecting that and what seems like no way out for Elena And I m not even sure she d want one But I like books to have a bit of closure And this one just didn t have that for meIf you like books that leave a lot of uestions open and provide no resolutions for almost anything this one might be for you If you like books that talk about messed up families and drunk mothers and unhappy children and pretty much everything depressing you might like this one than I did If you don t mind reading books with unlikeable characters and constant lies but nothing really happens this might be one for you If not I d stay away I know it s worked for a lot of people so you might enjoy it too but it just didn t work for me Also it s historical fiction not contemporaryAlso I know this is weird to put in a review but the Callahan s kids names are Jennifer and Matthew and every time I saw that I was so distracted by it But I think that s just me Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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The Liars of Mariposa Island

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. 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 them in an engaging way It was really important for me to have the mother s flashbacks because they helped me understand her a little and allowed me develop a bit of empathy for her Pro I have actually been reading a different series which also features the Cuban Revolution but this book offered the story of what happened to the children It was interesting to see how Caridad the mother was affected by being a part of Operation Pedro Pan Con This was a sad portrait of a dysfunctional family led by an alcoholic mother who was so stuck in her past that she could not move forward Though the ending had a glimmer of hope I could have used a little because I did feel invested in Elena and Joauin s lives and I wanted MORE for them Pro I was well aware of all the little lies the characters told during the course of the story but there were two B I G lies with one that really surprised me Well played Pro Though both Joauin and Elena had to constantly tread lightly around their mother they did manage to find some joy They both found some romance and they always had each other Overall A beautifully told but heartbreaking portrait of a family stuck in a life filled with lies and dysfunctionARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER BLOGLOVIN FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

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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


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 into place This is another one that wasn't necessarily a bad book but it was just meh

  2. says:

    5 Words Family friendship secrets lies loveContent Warning Alcohol abuse drug use child abuse family separation

  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 chara

  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 ab

  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

  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 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’

  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 house accompa

  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 focuses on 17 year old Elena and her attempts to carve a life for herself

  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 thi

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