The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Best Liars in Riverview

Author: Lin Thompson

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: f/f parents, Black characters, Latinx character with anxiety, Trans questioning character, Trans character mentioned, Non binary character mentioned with they/them pronouns, Black gay character.

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, mystery, contemporary, LGBT+

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

Genre: MG Mystery

Age Relevance: 8+ (child disappearance, religion and religious trauma, sexism, toxic masculinity, bullying, homophobia, running away, gender identity, racism, anxiety attacks)

Explanation of Above: The book deals with the disappearance of a child who has run away and later on shows another character who runs away. There are a lot of issues that the children deal with including bullying, homophobia, sexism, toxic masculinity, and racism. There is religion in the book, but also some pieces that show some religious trauma. The book also shows characters questioning their gender identity and sexuality in a very beautiful and age appropriate manner. There are also small anxiety attacks shown.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I really loved this book so much! The book spoke so much about identity and finding who you are and acceptance. The book had also had a lot in it about the outdated expectations of gender norms and falling into traditions that the characters parents expect them to fall into. The characters are all well developed and, while it doesn’t look like it in the first few chapters, the book has a great amount of diversity in it. The book has amazing world building and pacing as well. The book is gorgeous and so impactful and I can’t wait to see kids get this book and read it.

The only issue I had with the book is that I wished that the adults had more of a reckoning when all was said and done. The adults had some issues that weren’t resolved in the book, which directly affected their own children who were the main characters, and it feels a bit incomplete for some of the adults to not do more at the end of the book to condemn the wrong they did.

Verdict: It was excellent! Highly recommend!

Book Info:

The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: March 8, 2022

Synopsis:

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. 

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58275991-the-best-liars-in-riverview?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_27&fbclid=IwAR0xj2gU6iJE17cojQqYiWE3IZk9rplCH__DnJYy_XMO3pdL6FSFG-_pnks

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Liars-Riverview-Lin-Thompson-ebook/dp/B0976WK3D9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3V7K07FQFHCDI&keywords=the+best+liars+in+riverview&qid=1642275472&sprefix=the+best+liars+in+%2Caps%2C116&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-best-liars-in-riverview-lin-thompson/1139653635?ean=9780316276726

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Best-Liars-Riverview-Lin-Thompson/9781922458452?ref=grid-view&qid=1642276271093&sr=1-2

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-best-liars-in-riverview/9780316276726-item.html?ikwid=best+liars+in+riverview&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=a8d076ad0a05db7131a1070afdd1c855

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316276726

About the Author:

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.

Author Links:

Website: https://linthompson.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lin__thompson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20871196.Lin_Thompson

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