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Trust Me, I'm Lying Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Julep Dupree is a liar. Trained by her father in the family grifting business, she is adept at trading lies for money to pay the bills. Good thing, too, because the tuition for St. Agatha's High School is high. Julep isn't alarmed when she returns home one evening to find that her father missing, but the tousled state of the apartment leaves her with a hollow feeling and sets her on a chase to find him and the "mark" that perpetrated the ransacking. Best friend Sam is worried for her, but the teen pushes off his concern, even as she begins to get unusual and convenient attention from the class heartthrob, Tyler Richland. Together, the three high school students work to discover answers to all of Julep's questions, a mission that will prove deadly for one of them. Summer has penned a debut novel chronicling the life of a teenage grifter that is outrageous and believable. In Julep, the author explores a young female character who must call into question the actions of all those with whom she has contact, drawing upon inner strength to fortify her, even in the face of mortal danger. Summer's characters are well developed and leave readers looking forward to the next installment in this series.—Colleen S. Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT
About the Author
MARY ELIZABETH SUMMER contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is "you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce." She lives in Portland Oregon with her partner, their daughter, and their evil overlor--er, cat. Trust Me, I'm Lying is her debut novel. Follow Mary Elizabeth's latest exploits on mesummer.com, maryelizabethsummer.tumblr.com, and @mesummerbooks on Twitter.
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I love Julep’s character. I think there is so much too her. I love the mystery that is presented to the reader. The reader gets to follow Julep in her search for her dad or what could have happened to her dad. I was pulled into this story right away and was completely hooked. I love it so much. I thin all the characters were great. I wanted to throw the book at Summer a few times because of incidents that happened.
Summer really shows how great of a writer she is, with this novel. For a debut novel she did a fantastic job. I would put her name up their with Ally Carter who does great mystery/ puzzle solving novels. I would keep coming back for more of Julep and her gang of friends. I feel like Julep learned a lot in this first novel and I am completely ready to dive into the second one. This was a page turner and I am looking forward to the second one being another page turner.
Even though Julep is pretty much a juvenile criminal she is such a lovable character because she is so smart and creative. She really puts a lot of thought into the work that she does and she wants to help other accomplish things too. I love that Julep has goals for her life. I really love this main character and I think others will too!
At the story's beginning Julep comes home to find a trashed apartment and a missing father. Her immediate desire is to find him and to keep his absence a secret because fifteen-year-old without adult supervision wind up in foster care. She also has to find a way to make money to afford her rent and private school tuition. The money part isn't too difficult; she begins offering false IDs for sale and quickly has more business at her school that she can handle.
Tracking down her father is considerably harder. She is being followed by a mysterious person in a tricked-out Chevelle and she is also being followed by a guy who says he was hired by her best friend Sam to keep her safe.
It wouldn't be a teenage novel these days if it didn't have a love triangle. In this case, Julep catches the attention of the Big Man on Campus - Tyler Richland. Julep can't read him; all of a sudden her grifter's skills at reading people aren't working so well. They aren't working very well with her best friend Sam either. She and Sam have been friends for years and he has been her willing partner in most of her schemes but she somehow misses that he wants to be more than friends.
The plot was complex but Julep's skills at the con made for a mostly successful operation. There was one quite surprising loss. The emotions got intense and so did the danger as Julep, Sam and Tyler try to follow the clues her father left for her and find out what is going on. Julep has to pull off her biggest con yet to save those who needed to be saved and to survive herself.
I enjoyed the story and hope that more adventures are in Julep's future.
- Solid and witty writing style
- Protagonist is skilful, clever, and likeable
- Great pacing and flow, not a dull moment
- An entertaining storyline with elements of excitement and action
- A quick, fun, light-mystery read
- Occurrences were a little unbelievable or too easily solved and managed at times
- Julep's reactions and emotions were often distant when an emotional side of her could've been explored
- Secondary characters and love interest were too two-dimensional to connect with
- The dark issue presented in the storyline played a too shallow part to feel important or necessary
- Scenes that should've been huge, significant, and dramatic fluttered by like any other and ended up unmemorable
Loved it? No
Regret reading it? No
Will I read more from the author? Yes
Most recent customer reviews
A very twisty high risk mystery. Who can be trusted?