Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer – Book Review.

17341550TITLE – Trust Me, I’m Lying

AUTHOR- Mary Elizabeth Summer

SERIES- Trust Me #1

PUBLICATION DATE- October 14th 2014

PUBISHER- Random House

GENRE- YA, Mystery, Crime,

FORMAT-  Paperback    PAGE COUNT-  328COVER- The cover was one of the things that drew me in. I think it looks pretty cool, I like how the title is nice ad big and the face is kind of obscured. The girl on the cover isn’t how I imagined Julep to look though.

GOODREADS SYOPSIS

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.

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.

MY RATING

2000px-3_stars-svg3 Stars

This book disappointed me and I feel so bad for saying that. It was a good book don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading it, but I feel like I hyped this up in my head far too much and it didn’t reach those high standards.

This book, as you probably know having most likely read the synopsis above follows Julep Dupree who is a second generation con artist who runs scams at her posh school to pay for the expensive tuition.

I have to give props to this book because it did stop me from slipping into a book hangover/slump, after finishing Falling Kingdoms. I went a few days without reading after attempting to read a few but not getting anywhere, until I picked this up and the next thing I knew I was a hundred pages in.

On Goodreads I read a review and someone pointed out something which I kind of agree with, which is how Julep seems to trust everyone even though she and her father were both criminals who could go to jail, so you’d think one would  be a little more cautious when letting people into your life.

That’s about it for what I have to say without delving into spoilers. I did like this, I am planning on reading the sequel just for the fact that I’m curious as to what’s next for Julep and I liked the thing that ended at the end between Julep and Murphy, I thought I was pretty cool. I think maybe if I’d read this when I was slightly younger I may have enjoyed it more

SPOILERS

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One thing I really enjoyed about this book was how realistic Juleps decision to attend Yale was, all because she watched Gilmore Girls when they where deciding between Harvard and Yale. I loved this little detail, instead of a big story about how she went on a trip there once or something or other that you normally see or read.

If I was in the situation where I had  come home to find my home ransacked and my father missing with a gun hidden in the rubbish bin, I don’t think I’d be able to think level headed, like how she started making the fake ID’s to make money for rent, something I wouldn’t really be concerned about, and how she’s still going to school etc.

One thing I got confused about was how Sam said he’d know Julep since the fourth grade, but Sam’s father is rich meaning he most likely went to prep academy type schools where as Julep lives with her dad in an apartment so surely she would have gone to a public school surely. Its also mentioned that Julep and her dad go looking around different schools before deciding on St Agatha’s. Which makes me wonder how they could possibly have known each other since the fourth grade.

So lets talk about Tyler. Ahhh Tyler. So I had a nagging voice in my head, like a sort of warning alarm, but I just dismissed it as me being paranoid, and so when he came out next to his father   in that warehouse I just had to put down the book for a moment and just paused, because I was right and was so shocked.

I thought the way Julep manipulated the rich families to take in the young girls was really cool, having blackmailed them because their kids bought IDs off her, I really liked that.

After learning that Mike was a fed I didn’t like him all that much, it just didn’t feel like him.

I’m excited to see the relationship form between Julep and Murphy, especially now that’s Sam left for military school, poor guy, and now that they’ve got the set up above the coffee shop.

QUOTES

 “Coincidences are like unicorns.you can believe in them all you want,but that doesn’t make them real”

“people don’t generally believe themselves to be evil. Just strong. And they think that the world owes them something”

“I’ll never understand how really bad guys can communicate with just a series of small signals like that. I always have to explain everything in agonizing detail to get my minions to do my bidding. Maybe I have faulty minions.”

“It’s good to have friends. Even crooked ones.”

“I guess it’s true what they say -you can never go home again. You can miss it, you can visit, but you can’t go back.”

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