What I Saw and How I Lied
Throughout the whole book the main character Evie changed and wants to change a lot. She wants to be more grown up like her mother because she always says how beautiful she is. She wants to wear lipstick, smoke, and have a boyfriend because that is what her friends and her mother do. In the beginning of the book Evie says, "I want to wear lipstick," but her mother says not to grow up too fast (Blundell 13). Evie replies with, "It has to be better than this," (Blundell 13). Not only does Evie mature, but she also changes who she wants to be or be like. At the end of the book Evie no longer wants to be like her parents she wants to be her own person. She does not want to be a liar or a fake person she just wants to be a stronger version of herself.
The setting is the biggest part of the book. Without the setting how is Evie supposed to meet Peter at the beach or how is her whole life switched around when the hurricane hit? The whole book revolved around different events happening due to the surroundings. When Joe, Bev, and Peter go on a boat ride together Evie's whole world flips because of the hurricane. Then the setting changes to the court room and then back to her home. She is investigated and told to lie in the court room which caused a drastic change in her morals and personality. Her lying caused her hands to shake and her to feel nauseous. Her surroundings helped her to concentrate, "I had to concentrate on the roar of the train in my head, of the shadow that the noise could cast," (Blundell 262). Evie heard the train before and had to focus on it in order for her to calm down and lie. Then back at home she defriends Margie and becomes friends with Ruth all because of where she has been and what she has done.
The author is saying that even though someone got away with the crime it can never fully go away. Even though Evie and her parents got away with killing Peter, will they ever be the same family again? Evie has changed so much since the beginning of the book. For example, she is no longer the boy loving or lipstick wearing "grown-up" she is now a stronger and more independent person. The ending quote really catches the readers attention on who she will be, "I would the truth teller, starting today. That would probably be tough. But I was tougher," (Blundell 281). She is tougher because she has to live with the awful secret about her lying and the murder of Peter. Her parents will probably fall apart as the years go on knowing what they did, but maybe not since they stole money and never felt anything towards it. Maybe one day Evie will tell someone about what she did, but for now she will keep what she saw and how she lied a secret.