THE BEST LIARS IN RIVERVIEW
Author: Lin Thompson
Genre: Middle Grade
Publishing Date: March 8, 2022
Aubrey and Joel are like two tomato vines that grew along the same crooked fence—weird, yet the same kind of weird. But lately, even their shared weirdness seems weird. Then Joel disappears. Vanishes. Poof. The whole town is looking for him, and Aubrey was the last person to see Joel. Aubrey can’t say much, but since lies of omission are still lies, here’s what they know for sure:
For the last two weeks of the school year, when sixth grade became too much, Aubrey and Joel have been building a raft in the woods.
The raft was supposed to be just another part of their running away game.
The raft is gone now, too.
Aubrey doesn’t know where Joel is, but they might know how to find him. As Aubrey, their friend Mari, and sister Teagan search along the river, Aubrey has to fess up to who they really are, all the things they never said, and the word that bully Rudy Thomas used that set all this into motion.
Lin Thompson (they/them) is a Lambda Literary Fellow of 2018. The Best Liars in Riverview is their debut novel. Lin grew up in Kentucky but now lives in Iowa with their wife and cat.
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley and the author for providing me with a free digital copy to review. This in no way, has influenced my thoughts on the book. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.
You can check my review out here.
Top 5 Reasons To Read This Novel:
Yes, I just used a character as a reason to read the novel. Mari is an amazing character, and she’s been developed the most appropriately in this novel. I just loved reading her!
- LGBTQIA+ rep:
This is another reason why you should read this book. There aren’t a lot of books that have good LGBTQIA+ rep, and very less that are middle grade. Hence, read it.
There’s this aura of mystery surrounding Joel’s disappearance, and while they mystery build up hasn’t been the best, it’s fair enough!
- Touches sensitive topics such as homophobia and transphobia
I mean, a lot of books do do this, but it’s not very often in the central focus of the book, especially transphobia, so, like yeah, another reason to read this novel!
- The author is transgender
Honest confession: I haven’t read books by transgender authors. And I don’t think a lot of us have, especially Indians, which is another reason you should read it- to diversify the books you read!
Is this book on your TBR? Or have you read it already? Let me know in the comments!
P.S.- Sorry for replying to your comments late guys, just been busy 😦