An engrossing novel-in-stories that paints a tapestry of secrets and lies: why we keep them, why we tell them, and what happens next.
Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie.
In the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke both pretend they don't. Brenda won't tell what happened with the school doctor. Nico wants to keep his mother's memoir a secret. Percy is hush-hush about his famous dad. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself.
Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing.
“Poignant and often witty.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An evocative representation of the tumultuous ’60s.” —Publishers Weekly
“Juicy, fast-paced.” —SLJ
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
MARTHE JOCELYN is the author of several award-winning novels, and has also written and illustrated picture books. Her novels for Wendy Lamb Books include Folly, Would You, and How It Happened in Peach Hill. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What we hide takes the various narrative perspectives and intertwies them beautifully into one great story about growing up, finding love, and taking charge of your own identity. Set in the late 1960s this novel also does great job of setting the scene for all of the events tp have taken place in. Highly recommend!