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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8-11–Although she suffers from nightmares about fire or water that make her feel as if she is going to die, Emily Meckler, 17, knows she's lucky. Unlike her friends' parents, Emily's are happy, still married, and obviously love their daughter. They attend therapy sessions with her, and Dr. Miller continues to suggest that something in Emily's childhood may be the cause of her night terrors. Emily's father is the headmaster at Stonybrook Academy in Connecticut, and the family has lives on its grounds, which Emily loves. What more could she ask for? Then supersmart bad boy Del Sugar, an adoptee who had lived in numerous foster homes, arrives, and he brings rebellion and truth into Emily's life, changing her forever. Emily's story is compelling. Over the course of the novel she has her first romance, with Del, and she becomes pregnant. And she discovers that her parents have hidden the truth of her past from her. The plot builds slowly and, for the most part, realistically. The main characters are well developed, and Emily's thought processes as she mourns the loss of her child are particularly insightful and touching. Secondary characters add depth to the story. This book will be popular with fans of Sarah Dessen and Lurlene McDaniel.–Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“My parents and I are as close as can be, but . . . I have to share them with everyone.” Junior Emily Meckler’s father is the headmaster at her Connecticut boarding school, where she shuttles between roommates and her parents across campus. Her secure, cozy world is upended, though, after she falls recklessly for a sexy, mysterious new student, Del. Then Del is expelled, and Emily is left to make terrifying choices on her own. The title’s pun signals the intricate net of secrets that hold together this wrenching, episodic story. Warman’s foreshadowing is often easy to spot in a story crowded with issues, and Emily handles a monumental dilemma with options that, while believable in the ultra-wealthy world of her peers, may also seem far-fetched to some readers. A single character reference links this to Breathless (2009), and once again, Warman sensitively portrays the sibling-like tensions and intimacy of boarding-school friendships. Most memorable, though, are passages that show how painful realizations often arrive: through isolated flashes of intuition and experience that layer slowly into three-dimensional truths. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg

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The characters are so vivid and lively.
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES - now that is the ultimate question that Emily Meckler will have to face by the end of the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison on February 9, 2012
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I absolutely adored this book.I believe every teen should read it.It was so good! It kept my attention the whole entire time! Excellent story.I could go on and on about this book but I won't.Must Read!!!! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Miller on May 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I read Breathless earlier this year, I knew I had to read Where the Truth Lies. Usually I dislike books where characters fall into a fast-paced romance, I don't HATE them, I just don't find them realistic. Something about the passion and the way it was written, I was riveted.

At first everything in the book seems completely perfect. With an exception of Emily's dreams, but that's not something controlled, so I kind of overlooked it. When I say everything, I do mean everything...her friends, her school, her parents...Even Del was perfect with a touch of bad-boy gleaming.

As the story unfolds, small secrets and actions from the characters, things aren't so perfect and shiny. I kept finding myself wanting to know more and more. The mystery of it all kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. I won't get into details as to what happens to each character (or their past secrets), because I hate spoilers, but I will say Jessica Warman weaves an amazing page-turner. If you haven't checked out any of her books, definitely do so!

My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review for Letters Inside Out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Where the Truth Lies left me with a few mixed feelings, I enjoyed the story and plot but there were so many times where I got frustrated with the main character. She's what you would call a good girl at the beginning of the novel and I felt bad for her because she seemed to have such a hard time at school and getting good grades because of those horrible nightmares she kept having. You could really feel the pressure she felt struggling with school and trying to be a good example since her father is the headmaster of the elite boarding school she attends. It all rapidly falls apart when a new guy arrives at the school and she immediately falls for him and starts a very intense relationship that quickly changes her life and future.

I though that Emily seemed very naive and easy to convince, she is called naive repeatedly by her friends and parents throughout the book and she denies it but I can honestly say that I agreed with them. She changed almost completely from how she used to be at the beginning and got a little too obsessed with Del and their relationship that she kept ignoring the warnings and advice from her friends and family. I think that was one of the biggest things that kept getting me frustrated about her, she kept making bad choices and acting first instead of thinking things through like her friends kept warning her.

I do have to say that I did love all the twists that the author throws at you, they were definitely unexpected and the main thing that kept me reading, I just had no idea what was going to happen and was constantly getting surprised. The story is much deeper than just the relationship between Del and Emily but also somehow connected.
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Where the Truth Lies is a wonderfully written tale involving Emily, a junior, who begins her school year with many firsts, obstacles, and discoveries. The story begins with us getting to know Emily, her friends, and the details of the dreams that leave her breathless most nights. I thought that this book would focus heavily on these mysterious dreams Emily faces but I was wrong. While this is an important aspect of the story, Where the Truth Lies contains way more than this mystery. Early on Emily meets Del, a bad boy that immediately seems drawn to her. Their relationship puts her at odds with her parents and her friends, but deep down, Emily can't help but want to be with Del. Their secret encounters lead to much more than Emily ever anticipated.

As Emily faces unimaginable decisions, she finds out that Del may not be the person she thought he was. In addition, her parents, whom she has always trusted, may be hiding a dark secret that breaks apart the steady foundation that used to be her life. Emily's own strength and determination may be the only thing she can truly rely on.

Where the Truth Lies is not a quick read but I was completely submerged into Emily's story. The layers of the plot kept me guessing and gripping the pages. As I tried to piece together my own perception, the story would twist into a place I never considered. This, along with the outstanding characters, kept me wanting to read more. Jessica Warman's writing style is fantastic. She knows how to bring realistic situations to each page. Her descriptions, characters, and plot stayed true to what I imagine many teens face when dealing with love, friends, and family secrets.
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Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman might be a companion novel to Warman's previous novel - Breathless - however this book has the writing, characters and plot to firmly stand on its own two feet. With twists and turns that were often shocking and sometimes heart wrenching, I found myself feeling for the characters as they made more then a few extremely hard choices.

Lies, betrayals, cover-ups and more are the building blocks in making the story and characters what they are. Each character - main and side - had something hidden about them and as things began to unravel and layers were peeled away, reveling some strong yet wounded teens and even some of the adults, we were able to get to the core of what was the driving force for some of the decisions made in the present and in the past.

Our main character Emily was kind of hard to grasp in the first part of the book. She seemed like such a people pleaser and really I felt she was almost trying to hard to be perfect that I just couldn't seem to relate to her at all. Once Del enters her life she breaks free from that need to be perfect mold. I felt she was still good, but acted more like a carefree teenager at the same time.

Del, the new kid in school was a mystery wrapped within it's self. He has many issues in his life and we learn some but not everything. He's got his scars, but I think that as a surprise even to him - Emily was able to bring out not only more of who he really is and wants to be, but who he could be. The interaction between Emily and Del was sometimes frustrating because you could see Emily questioning things, but never asking them and if she did ask, would he answer?
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