Title: Trust Me, I’m Lying
Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Genre: Young Adult; Mystery; Romance.
Publisher: Random House
Goodreads Synopsis: “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.“
MY RATING: 3 Starts
* The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect less than that, I will always give my honest opinion, like it or not *
To be really honest with you, I was expecting so much more from this book ! This is one of the books that was on my TBR for a really long time and I got quite disappointed with it.
Before I continue, I am really grateful to the author Mary Elizabeth Summer who sent me her book in exchange for a honest review. I am being honest and I really think you have talent and I really think you should continue writing and showing what your imagination has to show. I am sorry if you don’t like my review and I don’t want to offend anyone here, so please, don’t take this review too personally.
When I started reading this book I was really excited, believe me, I was really curious about it and I really wanted to know what was going to happen in this story because I heard a lot of mixed stuff about it and I wanted to have my own opinion about it, and then I started reading it, chapter by chapter and I was gettinhg kind of bored because I thought there was going to be more action going on… I wanted a mystery/thriller with some contemporary going on BUT not too “cheesy”, not too contemporary, not too “YA fiction”… I wanted more like a YA story with a lot of mystery and action !
If you ask me I didn’t even love the characters, they were tolerable, yes, but there was something missing you know ?… the thing I loved the most in this book was actually the title and the fact that it was actually related with the story, because sometimes tittles and stories have nothing to do with each other.
“Trust Me, I’m Lying” has nothing to do with “Mara Dyer” ok ? NOTHING GUYS, BUT there’s a sentence in this book that says “Julep’s not my real name, either, but we’ll get back to that later.” – YEP, that kind of reminds me of Mara Dyer and I don’t know, lately we’ve seen a lot of books starting or ending with some sentences like that, maybe this is just the time to change that, let’s be creative.
I think that this book had so much potential to be a great book, I think that at least in my opinion, it would be awesome without some “cheesy” or cliché parts and maybe it would be FANTASTIC if it was more realistic… I mean, changing Julep would be actually a huge step, she’s supposed to be a criminal mind and she’s just kind of “stupid” sometimes, I don’t really know if that supposed to be, I don’t know if the author wanted the main character to be like that… but I mean, I guess she didn’t want it.
The most positive part of this book was actually the moment when the author changes the plot… so the story was always the same, you pretty much could guess what was going to happen next until the author decided to “eliminate” one of the characters from the book… and you get just “WHAT ?” because come on, there were a lot of characters to kill or delete from the story and she eliminated the one you were not expecting her to eliminate. BOOM, that my friend, is a genius move !
Even after everything I said (I know sometimes I can be a little harsh) I really think that it was overall an interesting book… I wanted it not to be so predictable but there were parts that were not predictable at all, same as I told you before, and honestly, I am just really hard to please… it was just not my cup of tea ? YEAH, but it can be your next all time favorite book ! Just read it and take your own opinion about this story .