How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bonnier Publishing/Hot Key Books
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?
THE BIG LIE is a thought-provoking and beautifully told story that explores ideas of loyalty, sexuality, protest and belief.
I first came across this book at YALC and was immediately intrigued by the cover and then the synopsis. I completely agree that The Big Lie is a thought-provoking read. I have to admit, at the start I was a little worried about how the subject matter would be dealt with. However, it made me think and question, and what more can you ask?
Jessika is the main protagonist in this book. She’s an incredibly well developed character. Jessika always wants to do what’s right. She’s seen as a good girl that does as she should. Throughout the story, Jessika explores what she’s been told is right and what she knows is morally right. Being ‘good’ in Nazi England, doesn’t always mean she’s doing nice things. Jessika has a best friend, Clementine who is the polar opposite. Clemetine believes in doing what is morally right, even if it’s against what Nazi England believe is wrong or evil. Clementine isn’t afraid to go against what her peers and community believe is right. I didn’t think their friendship was going to work, but it does. Both girls try to encourage each other to see it from their point of view. They are a solid unit together.
As I mentioned, this book was certainly thought-provoking. This is mainly because it was set in such a current time period, despite it being based on Hitler’s ideals. Nazi England, as set in The Big Lie is a terrifying place that controls its inhabitants, forcing them to conform. It is imagined so well, and is so vividly written that it’s easy, yet scary, to read about. It also delves into some other sensitive subject matter like sexuality. It is a fascinating read!
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