Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the Lie to Me blog tour!! Today I have an interview with Kaitlin Ward to share with you! Read on to discover Kaitlin’s favorite scenes from her book, which YA characters Amelia and Liam would hang out with if they could, plus follow the rest of the tour and enter to win a print copy of Lie to Me!
Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward
Published by Scholastic Press on January 7, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Thriller, LGBTQIA+
Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she's been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby -- one who fell, but didn't survive. Amelia's fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who's trustworthy, and who might be -- must be -- lying to her?
The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She's determined to know what happened, but if she doesn't act fast, her next accident might be her last.
Do you have a favorite scene, quote, or moment from Lie to Me?
My favorite scene is way too spoilery, but I also really like the scene near the beginning where Amelia has decided to make a list of everyone she’s suspicious of, and a to-do list for investigating them, because she is adorably bad at it. She’s very determined to go about this in a smart and organized way, but as she attempts to do that, she realizes she is in way over her head.
If Amelia and Liam were to hang out with characters from other YA books, who would they be and why?
I think Amelia would get along really well with the girls from The Pros of Cons by Michelle Schusterman, Lindsay Ribar & Alison Cherry. I think she would fit right in with that unique group and their niche interests, since she has a pretty niche interest of her own, in her deep fascination with insects. Plus, I think they would make her feel welcome and understood. Liam is tougher – he’s a bit of a loner and has a hard time relating to others sometimes. He might find common ground with some of the characters from Stephanie Kuehn novels, however (but he would probably also be a little frightened of some of them!)
What would you do if you spent the day with Amelia and Liam? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Well, since Amelia really likes insects, maybe we would go to the Insectarium in Montreal which isn’t too far from both the real town where I live and the fictionalized version of that town where Amelia lives. Liam would just have to be along for the ride, but I think he’d be fine with it.
What books would you recommend to Amelia and Liam and why?
I would recommend them The Anatomy of Evil by Michael Stone. I just think they might find it useful. Amelia should probably also read some thrillers to help her with her investigative skills – she definitely needs to read every single Kara Thomas book!
What is your current favorite book?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite because I have so, so many, but my most recent new excellent read would have to be The Need by Helen Phillips.
What’s your favorite, read over and over again, book?
The books I reread the most often are: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell, and Lirael by Garth Nix.
Kaitlin Ward grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny New Hampshire town, the same town where she lives now with her husband and son. She studied animal science at Cornell University and cofounded the well-known blog YA Highway. She is also the author of Where She Fell, Girl in a Bad Place, and Bleeding Earth. Find her on Twitter at @Kaitlin_Ward.