What’s up, guys!? So as always, I spent my weekend reading my life away and forgetting what day it was. Yesterday, I read a lovely novel called Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer.
Now, I have read quite a lot of teen crime/spy/liar novels in my twenty years. However, I have to say… this was definitely one of the best.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Characters: Right from the beginning of this novel, we see Julep’s personality. She is spunky and sassy, but has so many more layers. She is definitely a great main character and I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning. She literally starts the book off by saying “I can’t say I have much personal experience with conscience.” This is a great opening because it makes you want to figure out why.
I loved Julep’s determination, even in the face of great danger. I loved her resilience and the way she reacted to the things happening around her. She was realistic and believable and it was very refreshing. It wasn’t hard to imagine her as a teen grifter because the background was there.
I normally can’t stand love triangles. I absolutely abhor them. On that note, I think Mary Elizabeth Summer did an amazing job with Tyler and Sam both fighting for our hero’s affections. I did not feel that it was just a plot point or a dramatic scene. I really felt for all of the characters and I wanted all of them to be happy.
All of the supporting characters were fantastic as well. From Dani’s conflicting emotions and desire to do the right thing to Julep’s father and the mystery surrounding him, I wanted to know more about every single person that was introduced. I wanted to understand Ralph and the Senator and I wanted to delve into backstories and pasts and find out everyone’s secrets.
Overall, these characters flourished in the environment of Summer’s story and I think she did a great job.
Plot: Okay, like I previously said, I was hooked from the first line. I wanted everything to work out and everyone to get a happy ending. Clearly this was slightly unrealistic. Okay, extremely unrealistic.
This novel was packed with suspense and action and romance and it never felt out of place. Everything seemed to fit together perfectly and create something absolutely amazing. I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this book and I could not bring myself to put it down. I mean, seriously. I read this thing in under two hours and just sat there for another fifteen minutes with my head spinning after.
This is the kind of book that leaves you breathless and wanting more. It makes your heart ache and break and it makes you feel things for people you feel like you know.
Conclusion: Get this book on Amazon or iBooks or from your local bookstore. Get it now and set aside the rest of the day to read it. You will not regret it. And the best news is, the sequel is already out! (Along with a lovely novella that fits chronologically in between the two books.)
This is a book worth reading. I cannot stress enough how much I fell in love with the story and the characters. Kudos to you, Mary Elizabeth Summer. Kudos to you.
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