I’m absolutely smothered with sadness that I didn’t like Trust Me, I’m Lying. Crime books are my favourite.* But I shall write a list (YAY, CAIT, A LIST!) and explain to you why this book went wrong for me.
But please, always remember that just because it didn’t work for my eyeballs, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If you like crime, grifters, and Ukrainian Mafia: read this.
* Despite being fascinated by crime, I’m actually a really nice law-abiding person who doesn’t even get overdue library fines. Okay, fine, I’m lying a little bit for that one. I currently have a $0.30 fine on my card and I feel positively villainous.
Trust Me I’m Lying was full of contradictory sentences.
You’d think he’d be more nervous about lending his brand-new Volvo to an untried, untested, unlicensed driver. But then, I’m the one who taught him to drive. (pg. 6)
OKAY BACK UP, STICKY FINGERS. You are not “untested” and “untried” if you taught him how to drive, are you?? This paragraph doesn’t make sense. I felt a lot of the writing was like this. Just not…tight.
2. Julep was a walking catacomb of contradictions.
One minute Julep was tossing her hair and blustering how she was the best grifter in the world. The next? She was pouring out her entire life story to a boy she’d just met. No. No, don’t do that.
Her attitude was 98% cool, calm, and collected snark. But she made such clueless decisions. Like running headfirst into dangerous situations.
- When Julep’s house gets broken into, she walks right in without thinking about it.
- Julep meets the son of a politician, Tyler, and immediately decides he’s trustworthy because he takes an interest in her.
- Julep proceeds to introduce Tyler to criminal underworld.
- Also she tells Tyler, like, everything, from her name-not-being-her-name, to how to make fake ID’s, what her dad does, and invites him along on cons.
- In return, Tyler gives her pizza and has cute hair.
- Despite being a grifter, Julep clearly doesn’t notice her best-friend (Sam) is in love with her.
- Despite Sam constantly worrying about her, doing everything for her, always doing what she says, taking risks, etc. Basically he does everything except wave a neon sign that says “HELLO, JULEP THE GRIFTER, WHO CAN READ PEOPLE AS A PROFESSION. I LOVE YOU.”
- Julep is really bad at reading people although she is, in fact, a grifter. (She’s not a good grifter.)
3. I find it hard to believe that teenagers can successfully impersonate adults.
Even if you have an old face, a sixteen year old may be thought of as being 20 or so. But not middle-aged. Julep & co were frequently pretending to be lawyers, cleaners, businesspeople despite being just sixteen years old.
It frustrates me because it assumes that unless you are A Cool Main Character in this book, you are very very stupid. Which is unfair and mildly offensive.
I felt so unimpressed the whole time and so super disappointed.
Like I said, I LOVE crime and heist and con artist books. (I’ve watched Leverage and Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job millions of times because I’m THAT into heisty things.) I wanted cons from Trust Me, I’m Lying. I got a teenage drama with a few broken laws. Read it because it’s quirky and exciting, not because it’s realistic and genius.
Thank you Random House Australia for the review-copy! Trust Me I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer came out January, 2015.
Julep 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.
But 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.
okay crimlings (can i call you crimlings? it has a certain ring to it, wouldn’t you say??) do you like/hate crime and con books? can you give me some recommendations for awesome crime books? also: do you think teens can impersonate adults successfully or is it unrealistic?
Cait definitely has a villainous side (evil overlord right here, hellooooo). She can successfully steal potato chips and chocolate from her sister without being caught (although she’s unsure if this attests to her awesome stealing skills or her sister’s lack of attention). Cait is quite happy to stay on the dark side. She’s heard there are cookies. Currently she’s villainously reading THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman.