TITLE:Trust Me, I’m Lying
AUTHOR:Mary Elizabeth Summer
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller | Contemporary
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
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Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.
I never really expected a mystery/thriller book to break my heart. But this book did. Oh, it did. I don’t even know if that’s a good thing or not. All I know is that if a book affected you like the way this book affected me, it only means one thing: IT IS BRILLIANT AND MADE BY A GENIUS MIND.
Yep, I think Veronica will approve it.
Julep (if that’s her real name) is a con artist. A grifter. And she’s good at what she do. After all, she learned from the best grifter she knows: her father. Who is, by the way, MISSING.
The gem in this book is Julep. She is well defined and incredibly believable for a 16 year old con artist. I notice every details when it comes to this kind of plots because even though this book is Fiction, I still want a hint of reality to it. You can say that the author really researched and crafted Julep very well. As far as I’m concerned, not only Julep, but every character in this book is plausible. I even have this weird connection with Julep’s father even though I’ve seen only small parts of him and mostly through Julep’s memory only.
The romance isn’t the main focus of the story because it’s more about finding Julep’s dad but it’s another reason to love the story. The romance aspect didn’t annoy me at all and the instead, it added flare to TMIL’s plot. There’s drama, of course. But this is the kind of drama that you’ll find yourself very invested in. And I have to admit that there were some things that happened that squeezed my heart and felt like it was rip apart but I willingly accepted it. Sometimes I wish I can sell my emotions for awhile. Sigh..
Trust Me, I’m Lying really delivers. It will keep you guessing, will shock you with its twist and turns and will made you laugh along the way. Julep is not someone you forget that easily and you’ll find yourself wishing that you have a real life friend like her. I recommend this to readers who is looking for a well done mystery with a sassy heroine. You will love it. Overall, Trust Me, I’m Lying is a lovely debut book! Can’t wait for the following books to come.
Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.