Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: December 4th, 2012
Source: From publisher for honest review
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 toward 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 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, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....
First off, the cover is a little bit deceiving. The 2 teens in an embrace would scream love story, then read the back and see that its about con artistry and your mind just races with other ideas. Though there is a bit of romance play out in The Almost Truth, it is no where near as much as one would think based on the cover alone.
Sadie has had it rough, she lives in a trailer with a hotel maid for a mother, and a father who can't stay out of jail. All Sadie wants is to get away, go to school and become someone else. A better version of herself. Her best friend Brendan wants more after the one night they spent together, though Sadie has no interest because she's counting down the days until she is out of here. The relationship between Sadie and Brendan is fun, they've been friends forever and you really see how Sadie will miss him, and Brendan downplays how much he'll miss Sadie. He's willing to do whatever to help Sadie though, even if it means losing her.
The con they are doing starts to take turns neither of them were expecting. Chase, the guy Sadie is hoping to get information from starts to play a bigger role to Sadie than just someone she's using, and secrets are revealed that no one is expecting.
While reading, I thought I had the whole story figured out. It was predictable (or so I thought!), I had it all figured out in my head but then plots take on new twists and turns and where I once thought I knew what was going to happen, I didn't anymore. Eileen Cook definitely has a way to get the reader sucked in and all of a sudden I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. And BAM, we are hit with the ultimate twist at the end of the book. I think I sat there with my mouth gaping because I was so shocked.
Fans of Eileen Cook will be pleased with this book, I'm assuming. This is my first book from this author but I really enjoyed it. The characters, the emotion, the twists and turns were great and I'd be interested in reading more from Cook. This is definitely a book you should ask to get for Christmas!