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Lies I Told Paperback – November 3, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Fans of romance and a good heist will fall in love with Lies I Told. Grace is a foster child who has been adopted by a pair of con artists, and they are the closest thing she has to a real family. Her brother, another adopted foster child, is finding the life of constant deception increasingly unsatisfactory. He's ready to get out, and he wants Grace to come with him. Parker's entreaties would be more successful if Grace wasn't falling irrevocably in love with their newest mark. Zink uses a fabulous vocabulary to build a tale of deception and mixed loyalties that effortlessly draws readers in and allows them to vicariously experience the tension of living a lie while trying to be completely transparent with a love interest. The victims of the graft are sympathetic characters, and Grace can be forgiven her deception since she must make an untenable choice between first love and familial abandonment or betrayal of a truly good person and an artificial family. Zink liberally includes the palpitating hearts and more mature, steamy love scenes that many young adult readers have come to expect in an action-packed tale, but leaves her readers dangling with an ending that will leave them demanding more.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview,WA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.
But it's all a lie.
Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. The rules are simple: find a mark, run the con, and get out. No attachments. No looking back. There are sacrifices, but in return Grace gets something she's always wanted—a family.
Now the Fontaines have arrived in Playa Hermosa, an isolated peninsula near Los Angeles where the wealthy live and play. It's their biggest heist yet—and their most difficult. But right from the beginning, things start to go wrong. As the pressure mounts and the foundations of her makeshift family start to crack, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules, including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.
Grace has spent a lifetime convincing others to believe her lies. But what if the biggest lies are the ones she's told herself?
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Lies I Told was one of the ARCs I remember wanting the most back when we sent in our requests. I remember staring at it on Goodreads at, like, 3 o’clock in the morning and sadly texting Lacey about how much I wanted it to come out already, but when it finally came out, I read about one chapter and then I saw a review on Goodreads written by someone who had just finished it and was really disappointed by how it just sort of dropped off at the end, so I decided not to set myself up for failure. Of course, after that it was announced that this was only 1/2 of a set, but I had already decided that I was going to procrastinate about it, and that’s exactly that I did.
On one hand, I really hate myself for making me wait as long as I had to for this awesome book. But on the other hand, the wait for the sequel will be a little less agonizing, since it will be way shorter! I’m in a little bit of a review slump, though, and I’ve figured out in the past few days that it’s harder for me to review a book that I loved than it is to review one that I didn’t. (Is that a real thing? Do other people have to deal with that too?) So this review might not be as full-bodied as this book deserves it to be, but just know that I. Loved. This. Book. Alright, alright, no one comes here to hear my life story, right? So let’s get to the good stuff!
Lies I Told is one of my favorite books of the year – yeah, I know it’s only March, but I’ve already read a lot of books this year, so trust me, that means something! I loved this book so much. For a TL;DR version: the plot is amazing, the characters are amazing, the romance is amazing, the friendships are amazing, the families are amazing, the enemies are amazing. Everything is amazing. Is amazing even a word anymore? It doesn’t look like one. Whatever.
Grace is an awesome heroine. I fell in love with her on page one because something about her seemed so… sad. She seemed nostalgic, wistful, lonely, and beautiful - and she was all of those things, and more. I suppose she could be classified as unlikable, and on this blog that’s a really good thing. I love my girls snippy and jaded, rough around the edges. This book delivered that for me. The most important thing about Grace wasn’t that though, the most important thing about Grace was that she was a real character. She had a very distinct voice that carried her thoughts and feelings effortlessly, and I felt a connection to her that I can’t really explain. I’m not a con artist by trade, I’ve never gone around lying and scheming on a professional level to get what I want, but somehow felt like she transcended her situation/story and was just a believable, relatable teenage girl, and that’s something that really struck a chord in me.
You see, Lies I Told was much more than just a story about a con artist running schemes. It was a story about a girl who’s slowly becoming self-aware, a girl who’s losing her place in the world (or realizing she never had one at all, to be honest,) and who’s beginning to question her identity and the identity of literally everyone around her. This book touches on how it feels when one minute everything makes sense, and the next you feel totally displaced and nothing around you makes any sense at all. At the heart of this book, there’s something uncannily familiar, a sort of aha moment that everyone has at some point – whether it’s that your hair cut has always sucked, your boyfriend has always cheated on you, or that your parents have always manipulated you into stealing from strangers and kept you from ever actually sewing any roots, we’ve all had a moment where our entire world was turned upside down. To me, it seemed like this author was able to crack open the head of a teenage girl and pour in all of this doubt and fear and then dump it out onto the pages of her book, and that’s something I absolutely loved.
However, if you don’t like stories that are character-centric instead of plot-centric, fear not! This book offers not only a kick ass heroine, but also a kick ass story. Oh, and background characters! There’s a whole slew of awesome background characters: a lovable best friend, a swoon-worthy love interest, a sigh-worthy rival, two heart-breaking parents, a marriage-worthy brother, and just… Everyone in this book is great. This book is great. I don’t know how I got started talking about the characters again, I’m so sorry. I know I said I would talk about the plot but the characters, you know? They’re just perfect.
The storyline itself is too, though. I’ve always had a huge soft spot for con-artists, which I know sounds really weird, but I love stories about people who do shady, tricky things, whether it’s conning or robbing or murdering or just basically anything weird and illegal. That’s one of my 900 niches. The plot of this book isn’t exactly unique – a con-artist falls in love with their mark, but something about the execution of this story makes it stand out among its peers, especially the rest of the 2015 releases. I can’t say very much without giving it away, but just know that whatever your preconceived notions are about the kind of plot where the Big Bad Wolf falls in love with Little Red Riding Hood are, leave them at the door when you pick this up. It’s in a league of its own!
She's adopted into this family of con artists/grifters. Previous to that, she was stuck in a myriad of foster care placements from not-so-horrible to pretty-darn-bad. So, she's thrilled to be a part of a real family, and goes on about her business as a junior grifter because it means that she has a FAMILY! And people who love her! And this story starts when that family, including her mom, dad, and adopted older (and kinda hawt) brother move to the exclusive Playa Hermosa community in California to start a brand new job. Her assignment? Get on the in with Logan Fairchild and/or Rachel Mercer. It's high school, she's done it dozens of times, and her mark seems easy... until her conscience starts to get in the way.
LIES I TOLD is a fantastic specimen of young adult mystery with a side of romance in there too. Remember how I told you I start my summer reading in April? Well, this is prime summer reading, spring reading, you name it reading. I'm a Zink fan, and I believe it's her best work yet. The teen characters are more complex than they need to be - in a good way. You understand their motivations, the reasons they make the decisions they do, choose to trust who they trust, break the rules they break on purpose. Zink masterfully crafts the tale with just the right amount of detail and clever dialogue. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
If you're an Arizona girl like me, you might pick up on a couple of teensy mistakes like the fact that Chandler High School is actually in Chandler and not Phoenix, and is kinda ghetto these days, and wouldn't be a spot for the prepster community. You might pick up on the fact that Grace seems thrown by a new encounter in Playa Hermosa with palo verde trees when, in reality, they are everywhere in Chandler, Arizona. But aside from those few details that you wouldn't really fight if you weren't an Arizona native like me? It's as nitpicky as I get, and I still feel it deserves 5-stars, so there it is for you! I found no flaws in structure, flow, pacing, narrative, dialogue, character development... just a few of the details.
Parents: There is a bit of language, but not a lot. There's an allusion to sex, but not a graphic depiction. There's graffiti, and the inner workings of a complex con and all of the lying and deceit that goes into that. But overall, it's pretty squeaky. I actually think it would be a great book to team read because of all of the choices that Grace is faced with. It'd be a great opportunity to chat with your pre-teen or teen about them.
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