Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Title: The Almost Truth
Author: Eileen Cook
Reviewed by: Cassie
What We Say: Fun and flirty (with a bit of a flair!)

Summary (from

From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con-artist who might be in over her head. Sadie can't wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised . . . even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily towards it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie's mother wipes out Sadie's savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash--and fast--or she'll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan's help, she devises a plan--the ultimate con--to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax . . . and perhaps the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose . . .

The Almost Truth had sent me the vibes of The Heist Society (which I rather enjoyed) contemporary-ized, which really attracted me to read this. Unfortunately, the book wasn't really focused on her con-artistism, and rather was focused on her life and how she could improve it.

Don't get me wrong; I liked it. In fact, I think you lovelies would rather enjoy it. You just have to like contemporary books (which I don't, really) and not think this was about Sadie and her amazing con-artism.

The characters are diverse, but a bit bias. Our only POV is that of a poor girl who doesn't like rich people, and her dream of becoming un-poor. She's strong, stubborn, a bit naive, but a good POV. Different. She's troubled, hoping for the best but expecting the worst, and feeling unloved.

Overall, the plot was overused, cliche, and a bit predictable, but the story was light, sweet, and fun. This is more of a summer read, in my opinion, but if you wanna hit it up today, go for it!
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