Series: Lies I Told #1
Published by: HarperTeen on April 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?
Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.
But it’s all a lie.
Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.
Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.
What I liked about Lies I told
- I LOVED the story!! Girl grew up in foster care and finally gets adopted by con artists, who turn her into a con artist as well. Cooool!
- I completely fell for the romance between Grace and Logan. Logan was sooo sweet and I loved them together.
- For most of the book, I really sympathized with Grace’s struggle. On the one hand, she’s been brought up as a con artist. That’s the life she knows. Based on that, she feels like she HAS to do this job for her parents. And even if she didn’t want to, how the hell would she get out of it? It’s not an easy thing to pull out of… But on the other hand, she does crave a different life, especially when she starts to make friends and really falls in love with Logan. It was a tough situation and it made me SO anxious to see the ending! (Which, sadly, was disappointing… more on that below..)
- I really liked Grace’s friendship with Selena. She was such a great character. I really wanted her to be MY best friend! She’s kind of quiet, maybe an introvert, loves reading, is a GREAT friend… Girl, where have you been all my life??
What I didn’t like
- Towards the end in particular, I really wanted Grace to say “Screw this” and abandon the plan. She was old enough to realize that this was wrong and I wanted her to stop participating because of that. That decision should have been made easier by the fact that she was starting to really fall for Logan. I really appreciated her struggle, since these “parents” were the only ones she’d ever known… But I wanted her to make the right choice SO BADLY, and yet she kept not making it!!
- I was very disappointing to find out that this book is the start of the series. At least that’s what I assume based on the ending and the fact that nothing was resolved. I hate going into a book expecting it to be a standalone, just to find out I’m only getting a piece of the story. Grrr. I’m not really in the mood to start a new series.
Lies I Told was a really fun and engaging book! As we neared the end, my heart started POUNDING. I was obsessed with finding out how everything was going to unfold. I was actually kind of terrified because I really didn’t want Logan to get hurt. The guy was soooo sweet, it broke my heart to think of him having his heart broken. *sniff*
But sadly I was extremely disappointed to find out that this book must be the start of the series. There’s no other explanation for having such an unresolved ending. I HATE reading books that aren’t listed as a series, just to find out it is a series. Sometimes I just really want to read a standalone, and I hate it when I expect to get that but don’t get it.. *grumble*