What I saw and how I lied, by Judy Blundell, tells the story of a young plain Jane, Evie, who takes an adventurous trip with her family, but what doesn’t know is that she will be thrown into the middle of a suspicious death, or worse, murder. This elegant, detail-driven tale smoothly segues into a whodunit page turner, while unwinding a web of lies and fake people. Placed back in 1947 after World War II, Evelyn Spooner and parents, Beverly and Joe Spooner, just began to fall back to a normal routine after the return of her step -father. Although, Joe brought back with him more than just war stories, he brought back the idea of an elaborate trip to Florida. Little did any of them know, by driving to Florida for their vacation they were driving straight into a tragedy that would shatter their family and break their life’s in two.
The drive was long, at some points I thought it would never end. I wanted to be there be in the Florida sun and feel what Joe had been talking about for the last week. He had told me and mom that when we reach Florida you can taste to oranges in the air and smell the ocean for miles away. Mom sat in the front seat, she was beautiful, the envy of the whole town all the men stared at her as she walked by. She is tan, skinny, and toned, her long blonde hair tumbled down her back in perfect curls almost making the effect of a waterfall. The way she carries herself, the way she could light a cigarette with one swift motion. Then there was Joe, he reminds me more of a Ken doll, he had big muscle that showed through his shirt and he had short hair from the war together they were like beauty and the beast. Then there was me people always told me I was beautiful but until last summer I never notice that when people said I was beautiful they just lumped me together with me mother, it kind of went like “ Sure your beautiful kido, look where you came from.”
When we finally reach Florida it was hot and humid, nothing like Joe had...
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