Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer (Tour Stop)

Trust Me, I'm Lying
by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Rate: 4.5


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.

“A sexy love triangle and madcap mystery . . . I loved this book.” —Jennifer Echols, author ofDirty Little Secret

“Buckle up! You’re in for a wild and funny ride. I fell in love with the fresh and snarky voice of 16-year-old con artist Julep Dupree. This book has it all: homework and hit men, prom drama and silencers.” —April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen

“Summer creates a standout character in Julep. She lies and cheats with so much confidence and skill that readers will cheer her on, but she also adheres to her own strict moral code. The nature of the crime her father is caught up in, when revealed, just ratchets up the suspense. A memorable debut; here’s hoping for a lot more from Summer.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Julep’s investigations and quick escapes keep the high-stakes story entertaining and readers guessing…” – Publisher’s Weekly

I could not get enough of Trust Me, I'm Lying and believe that this is a YA novel everyone can enjoy. It has just about everything readers can ask for: great characters, con-artists, a noir feel...the novel is a roller coaster ride that keeps on going until the final page. There were a multitude of twists and turns that kept me guessing the entire way. It's a novel that's impossible to put down, and thoroughly exciting.

The characters of Trust Me, I'm Lying were are wonderfully developed. Julep is a great protagonist. I loved her voice, very snarky and unique, and I love the attitude she has toward her craft. The last thing I want is another bunch of main characters that have too much of a good attitude. I love my slightly immoral characters, as that just makes them more human. However, the other characters are just as fantastic. I absolutely loved Sam (not that Tyler wasn't great as well). The trio is reason enough to immediately pick up this novel.

The story of Trust Me, I'm Lying combines family, friends, crime, suspense...It's a nonstop read that continues to get more and more enjoyable as the pages turn. The novel is absolutely engrossing, and very realistic. I truly was captured by the story, and drawn into this world.

A variety of readers will love this fast-paced and witty novel. The writing is excellent, and there isn't a slow part at all. Trust Me, I'm Lying is a great read and I highly recommend it. Trust me. I'm not lying on this one. 

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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.

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