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The Lying Game #2: Never Have I Ever Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 2, 2011
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Praise for The Lying Game:“The Lying Game is a stay-up-past-your-bedtime type of thriller…full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review) )
“A thrilling mystery with just the right doses of romance and danger.” (School Library Journal )
“A fun and fast-moving mystery…[readers] will race through the pages as Emma pieces together clues and will have plenty to ponder as they anticipate the next installment.” (Publishers Weekly )
From the Back Cover
My perfect life was a lie.
Now I'd do anything to uncover the truth. Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I'm gone—that I'm dead—and that my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder.
But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people's lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In all honesty, this book is a bit slow. There's a lack of events happening and a lot of the plot happens inside Emma's or Sutton's head. Obviously, we're at a point in the story where many of her conclusions come from very little physical events and moreso the subtle words passed among the characters that are exacerbated to fit Emma/Sutton's own paranoia. The mix of inner dialogue and flashbacks paints the picture of Emma's mental state; she is a confused mess. In a genius way, it's as frustrating to the reader as it should be for our main character. This is honestly, Shepard's genius, creating a character in an extraneous situation that involves the reader in such a way that the reader ends up feeling similar emotions as to what the character is thinking. We're just as confused as Emma is. As shocking as some situations appear to be, readers may not be able to identify, but they can understand. Thankfully, the book does speed up throughout the second half.
The book is enumerated with witty one-liners (though not as many as the last book, or anything in the PLL series), deranged plot twists, and unfortunately a severe lack of character development. Shepard seems to be relying on Emma's "every-girl" quality; she fits any role that is demanded of her (as is stated many times in TLG1). Unfortunately, Shepard uses this as a cop-out on any real character development for the live twin, Emma. Although her inner dialogue has many anecdotal sidenotes, her character is not as deeply developed as it was when first introduced in the series. On the other hand, the only character development seems to be that of Sutton as she is the one we are learning more and more about. Lastly, the characterization is subpar at best. Many of the characters are one-dimensional and exhibit the emotional range of a rock. I know, that's because they're all suspects, blah-blah, the minimal amount of development may also be Shepard's strategy throughout this book. As stated before, Emma's mind is in a state of overload and confusion of her "new " life that she has inherited, maybe the one dimensional characters are just that to Emma herself, and we as readers experience that.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book for a quick read (took me <5 hours, with breaks in between). Fans of PLL and TLG1 may be slightly disappointed because of the lack of snark and character development and interaction. I have to say, reading a sequel that does not live up to its predecessor is slightly disappointing, but I'll take the loss to find out what happens next.
Finally, a shout-out to Amazon Prime for fulfilling my order and sending me the book, the DAY it was released.
And at the end of book two, we still don’t know who killed Sutter. I am resigned to buying all books in the series, but I’ll do so as I read them. In this book, we examine several suspects. Emma, and the ghostly Sutton, examine and reflect on the motives of all her friends, and even her sister Laurel. Suspects are vetted, trusted, and suspected again. The half paranormal pair examine jealous rivals. All of this sleuth work takes place with a background of unusual, dangerous, and cruel pranks that all characters seem to feel comfortable playing on each other, friend and foe alike.
And then, not a spoiler, at the end of book two yet another mysterious character appears. This is enjoyable reading, good writing, and I feel motivating for readers working with English as a second language.
On to book three.
I am enjoying this book because it is similar to Pretty Little Liars. This book is written better than the first and is an improvement from the Lying Game book. The Author starts to gain flow with her writing about half way though the 2nd book. You could actually start this series with the 2nd book in my opinion, although i am glad i read the first one.
I agree, that this book has a few situations that are a bit flawed, and a somewhat unrealistic. Really, not too far off from the situations in PPL. I like this series though, entertaining enough, a great, easy summer read. The ending was exciting and the 3rd book is going well so far. If you have read the 2nd book i would suggest finishing the series.
I would gladly read more from this Author; but it seems like, all of Sara Shepard's work happens to be a few versions of "mean girl" stories each with the same concept. I just feel like she wrote the same story a few different ways. She even uses the same names of characters that were in previous books. This is a fun author to read overall, it lacks substance and creativity. I will be on the look out for a new book with an entirely different plot. I would like to see what Ms. Shepard can come up with, but i am not expecting her to be an author that i will purchase countless novels from. So Sara, if you are reading this PLEASE give us fans something new and totally different!