Book Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Posted on 08/19/2015 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula StokesLiars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen on March 24th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.\r\nMax Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?\r\nWhen Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.\r\nCan Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.\r\n


“To me, Mother Nature isn’t nearly as scary as human nature.”

  Lying can get you into a lot of trouble. But you know what can get you into even more? Pointing a gun at FBI agents and then going on the run, in order to solve a murder mystery in which you are the prime suspect.  When I first started reading this one, I was a little skeptical. It seemed like a YA Lifetime movie. Max seemed to blindly follow anything he was told by his friends, usually with epically bad results. And I didn’t trust his BFF Preston or his girlfriend Parvati one bit – it was obvious they were hiding something from the beginning. However, once I got into the story, it was a really quick and enjoyable read. It was nice to only be reading from one person’s perspective for a change, and I liked Max. Not your typical teenage boy, since he had spent time being homeless and was street-smart and guarded with his emotions.  I also liked his family, and that he didn’t have the stereotypical parents.   Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes is a fun summer read – it’s a quick read that will pull you in, but once it’s over, you probably won’t give it a whole lot of thought.  I liked the twists and turns that the story took, even though I had most of them figured out before the end. And sure, there were times when it got a little overly dramatic, and I kept wondering why Max never questioned anything.  But the mystery kept me quickly turning pages, and I was able to suspend belief and just enjoy the ride. Not a life-changer, but definitely a guilty pleasure, read-it-in-one-day kind of book, with a really cool cover.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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