Published by Delacorte Press on October 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
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The first book in the Trust Me series...\r\nFans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.\r\n\r\nJulep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.\r\n\r\nBut when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.\r\n
Life has been busy. Not just the I-have-so-many-things-to-do kind of busy, but the I-just-added-a-teenager-to-my-family kind of busy! A new person means new schedules and routines; it means lots of adjustments and not as much me-time. I wouldn’t trade this for the world, but I have missed reading and writing, and I’m happy to say that I am BACK. I’m making an effort to take time for myself, I’ve been reading some books I am really excited about, and I’m carving out time for writing. I’ve got a TBR pile a mile long, and I’m going to be hitting it hard this summer. So, with that out of the way, let’s dive right in! Julep Dupree is a street-smart, sarcastic grifter who is out of place in the elite private school she attends. Her dad has schooled her in the art of being a con-man (or woman, as the case may be), and she is a natural. But when he disappears and the mob enters the picture, Julep realizes she may be in over her head. I went into the book with some hesitation. I love a good mystery, and I love snarky female detectives (here’s to you, Veronica Mars!). I wasn’t sure that Julep was going to live up to my high expectations, but I found myself really liking her, and the story. I liked her personality, her dry sense of humor, and the quick pace of the book. I even liked several of the minor characters, but I’m not going to say which ones, because we all know that in books like this, not everyone turns out to be what they appear. The book did have a couple of flaws: I didn’t like the fact that this smart, savvy, and cautious girl completely threw all of her rules out the window the minute a cute boy entered the picture. I also didn’t buy that Julep was so oblivious to something that was right in front of her nose (again, no spoilers). But trust me, it was obvious (see what I did there?). These two things just felt out of character for someone who was so observant and able to read people so well. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is the first book of a series, and one that I can’t wait to read. It was a really quick and interesting read, and it ended in a way that left me wanting to know more. I look forward to more of Julep’s sarcasm and wit, and although she hasn’t reached Veronica Mars status in my eyes yet, she is definitely one cool kid.