The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson
Genre: Middle Grade Novel
Publishing Date: March 8, 2022
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.
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.
A Big Thank you to TBR Tours & Beyond for allowing a place on this tour and to the Publishers for sending me a Netgalley Arc of The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson.
I want to congratulate Lin on her amazing debut novel she gave great beauty and eloquence in her writing to discuss a subject everyone faces at some point of who they are and who they want to be.
I loved the characters of Joel and Aubrey and the description of being like tomato vines that grew along a crooked fence alongside each other was so apt it showed the reader that both characters knew they were different in some way from the other kids but weird enough to accept each other.
I would of like to see more scope on the school and how they dealt with the bullying of Joel as I feel this played a huge part in what happened next.
As for Aubrey I understood that Aubrey was having internal battles over who she was and how she saw the world but I do feel that her actions were very questionable to say the least. This is the main reason why I had to give this book 4 stars and believe that this would be an ideal pick for a Book Club as there was so much to unpack.