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Average with a neat incorporation of math words
on April 5, 2009
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra is a unique book, at least to me, for telling an ordinary story while using math words for conceptual value. I thought the book was going well for me until about three-fourths of the way and then it suddenly ran out of gas. In the last quarter of the book, it was simply running on fumes. The story is not too bad, presenting three different situations going on at the same time: the cheating scandal, the murder mystery, and the test of friendships. As for the main character Tess, I didn't like her that much due to her negative comments about others, especially the history teacher. The cheating scandal was on the verge of being interesting, and I wondered how the author would have solved the problem. Instead, it turned out to be an open ended question with no satisfactory conclusion. I wasn't pleased about that. Then, here comes the murder mystery, possessing the feel of Nancy Drew sleuthing ways. Instead, the unofficial police report placed an end to that. So, pretty much in the end, the book left me stranded without an adventure. I liked how the author used the math words in each chapter and took the book in a different way, but I didn't like her need to illustrate the graph of a person going from alive to dead. Overall, Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, I would say, is an average book that could have been fun. I see that there is a sequel to the book, but no thanks.