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The First Lie: A Lying Game Novella (The Lying Game) [Kindle Edition]

Sara Shepard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Featuring Sutton Mercer before her tragic death, this stand-alone digital original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard is an exciting, must-read companion to the Lying Game series.

Back when she was alive, Sutton kept a million secrets. But how she got together with Thayer is her juiciest one of all. . . .

It's the summer before junior year and Sutton Mercer and her friends rule Hollier High. Then Thayer Vega returns home from soccer camp. In two short months he's gone from being her best friend's scrawny younger brother to a hot soccer god with a major ego—and a bone to pick with the Lying Game girls.

To bring him back down to earth, Sutton's friends convince her to string Thayer along so she can publicly reject him. But as she gets to know the real Thayer, Sutton starts to wonder: Is flirting with Thayer still just a game to her? Or is the queen of the Lying Game lying . . . to herself?

Product Details

  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable (and forgettable) short story December 21, 2012
By Drew
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I really don't want to be too critical of The First Lie, because this is only a "novella" and it only cost me four dollars. It is a decent enough quick read for fans of the series, but unfortunately it didn't offer much insight into Sutton Mercer.

Over the course of the Lying Game series, we have learned a lot about Sutton, but most of it didn't come from Sutton herself. Obviously, she is a ghost (or spirit or whatever) and doesn't remember much from her life. I was quite intrigued to read a story told from her POV while she was still aive, but I really think Sara Shepard wasted an opportunity.

The plot of this story is, simply put, BORING. After so many juicy and twisted lying game pranks, the so-called "prank" featured in this story comes off as rather tame. I also expected Sutton to be more of a "B" word than she was in The First Lie. Everyone in the school is afraid of her and she has a whole folder dedicated to her at the police station, but she seemed pretty nice to me. I get that Sara probably wanted to humanize Sutton, which I am fine with, but I would have enjoyed reading more about her nastiness. After all, Sutton was so mean to so many people that ther murder suspect list is quite long.

My last problem with this book is that there isn't much foreshadowing to the fact that Sutton is about to get murdered. Sara could have easily had an unknown figure threaten her, giving Sutton a feeling that something bad was about to happen to her. It would have been a nice nod to the other books in the series.

All in all, this is a nice little story that really serves no purpose in the grand scheme of The Lying Game books. I can't say I regret reading it, but I also see no reason to recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable quick read January 24, 2013
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I liked this backstory to the series. Worth the buy and read. When it ended, I wanted more! I wish the tv show was as endearing as the books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not super insightful December 25, 2012
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I love this series! This was a very good (although very short) novella, although it did not give a whole lot of insight into the current story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first secret December 19, 2012
By Sophia
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It was a good short story with emphasis on short. I liked it and love how Sutton and Thayer come together but Sutton seems more like Emma then the lying games leads us to believe
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's hard to follow your heart and be cool June 11, 2014
By Amanda
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I really liked how they showed the popular kids are kids who don't have it easy either, if anything they have it harder because of all the peer pressure to be and do all the cool stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR NEWCOMERS May 25, 2014
By JD Roth
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The perfect starter book for those of us who started the books after the show Perfect introduction to the mind of the Ladies involved Awesome read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh... the lies April 3, 2014
By Vania
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Young love charged with teenage angst. Rich kids playing dangerous games, I believe. Is it a bit too much of the same ol' stuff? I don't know... I read the first chapter from the first book in the Lying Game Series, and I'm not sure... maybe I'll read it but I won't rush running crazy fanatic to it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first lie January 27, 2014
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I loved this book not many books give the inside to a character. This book gave the perfect back ground for Sutton.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Dead
I really enjoyed this novella, because I love The Lying Game. Although, I don't really like Sutton all that much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Selena#1
4.0 out of 5 stars love it!!!
I love how they started to know each other .
I will recommend this book to everyone.
Love it :)
Published 3 months ago by daysi rivas
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable teenage drama.
I couldn't even finish this teenagsty queen bee drama. I hope it got better, but the first few chapters were all the worst bits of high school.
Published 4 months ago by Catherine M. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!
I love this series!!! One million times better than Pretty Little Liars. This story is haunting me six months later!!!
Published 4 months ago by C. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some contradictions from the back story in the series
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Quick read but completely worth it. Loved learning about Sutton while she was alive and how she fell in love with Thayer.
Published 5 months ago by Brandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too short, but it is a Novella.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great prequel to a chilling, dark series
As a major fan of The Lying Game series, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like the idea of learning more about Sutton Mercer before her murder. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brian Filkill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Novella
this is a good short story to read if you've read the Lying Game books or you're getting ready to read them
Published 14 months ago by E.S.
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More About the Author

Hello! I'm from outside Philadelphia, lived in New York for a long time, Arizona for less time, and now I'm in Pittsburgh, PA, which is way nicer than it sounds.

I've always been a writer. I made up stories about my sister's blanket, BeeBee, when I was four. From there I wrote about squareheaded creatures, an environmental saga about little yellow men who live in vegetable gardens, teenage dramas well before I was a teenager, a book series about a Japanese girl who finds out her ancestors are samaurai (and she must be one, too), a bunch of arty short stories, and some books that maybe you've heard of. The PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

I've also written THE LYING GAME, which is about a dead twin and an alive twin, THE HEIRESSES, which is about a rich family's curse, and THE PERFECTIONISTS, which is about five somewhat strangers who get everything they wanted...but that comes at a price. I wrote THE VISIBLES, which is about jackalopes and mental illness, and EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED, which features a guy who discovers his ex lives on a commune.

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