- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (December 4, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 1442440198
- Author: Eileen Cook
- Cover art: Super cute!
- Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
- Obtained: My personal bookshelf
The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Teen con artist Sadie might be over her head. To escape her backwards small town, delusional mom, jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised, she also must leave Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time, until her mother wipes out her savings.
Brendan helps devise ultimate con. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax, and perhaps for 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, she suddenly has more than just money to lose. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This synopsis is different then one I remember originally reading before the book was published. I am glad they changed it though. It makes it a tad less predictable. (Until you start to read it that is.)
I found this title to be predictable, however, Cook made some slight plot twists that I didn't see coming to get to the final conclusion. I had the conclusion right, I just was wrong on a few details.
Even though it was predictable it didn't make it any less enjoyable. It was a fun read, rather quick. One that could easily be read on a lazy afternoon. Or even on the beach, I think this would be a great beach read or summer read!
I really liked Sadie's character, she wasn't the weak heroin that we see so much of in a lot of YA, she didn't need a man to save her and she wasn't falling for the bad boy. Her mother really bothered me though. Very thoughtless in a lot of ways. She was also very good at lying to herself, Sadie brings this point up multiple times in the book and she's right.
We don't see much of her Dad and to be honest, he comes across as a sympathetic "bad guy" but he's not really a bad guy even though we are meant to feel that way. He reminds me of Draco Malfoy in that way. You are meant to see him as the bad guy, but he really isn't. It's the circumstances he often finds himself him that make him appear as if he is the bad guy.
The dialog was good and it got right to the point. Cook didn't use a lot of filler which was great, she knew her story and she got right to it and told us the story quickly and clearly.
I really enjoyed this one.
So say we all!