Fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society novels will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.
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.
“A sexy love triangle and madcap mystery . . . I loved this book.” —Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret
One of TeenVogue's 15 Most Exciting YA Books of 2014
One of PopCrush's 10 Most Anticipated YA Books
"Julep isn't just another high schooler beset by the usual drama of boys and academia. Nope—she also happens to be a con artist and master of disguise, which comes in mighty handy when her father mysteriously disappears. Determined, she delves into the underbelly of Chicago to find him (bringing a bunch of fresh plot lines and unexpected twists along the way)."--teenVogue.com
"Summer creates a standout character in Julep. She lies and cheats with so much confidence and skill that readers will cheer her on, but she also adheres to her own strict moral code. . . . A memorable debut; here's hoping for a lot more from Summer."—Kirkus Reviews
“Well-paced, well-plotted.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
From the Hardcover edition.
Mary Elizabeth Summer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Julep Dupree is a grifter. The one thing you really need to know about her is that Julep Dupree is not her real name. The reader actually doesn’t ever find out her real name unless you figure out the clues that Mary Elizabeth Summer leaves for you. Julep Dupree is a con-artist and she comes from a family of con-artists. This is the life that Julep has known all of her life. Julep really wants to make something of herself. She goes to a fancy school for rich kids in order to earn a good education so she can go to college. Then her dad goes missing and now she needs to find him.
I love Julep’s character. I think there is so much too her. I love the mystery that is presented to the reader. The reader gets to follow Julep in her search for her dad or what could have happened to her dad. I was pulled into this story right away and was completely hooked. I love it so much. I thin all the characters were great. I wanted to throw the book at Summer a few times because...
The story is entertaining, fast paced and keeps you interested.
The author was able to find an extremely good balance between light moments and more serious ones, still keeping the flow smooth and engaging. And where the plot has some twists that can be predicted, she still manages to give them an extra - unexpected - twist that throws you off balance.
The characters are well constructed and even where some aspects are slightly pushed, they still maintain credibility.
Nice YA book, and if you like this genre, this is most definitely a suggested read.
Julep Dupree is a grifter — a con artist and master of disguise for hire by her fellow students at St. Agatha’s private school. Her cons finance her swanky education, which she thinks she needs to get into Yale and pursue a career that doesn’t involve conning. Her father, her only family, taught her everything he knows, but when he disappears, Julep fears being sent to some horrible foster home. Unable to alert police of his disappearance, Julep hunts for the clues her father left behind, hoping to solve his riddles and discover his whereabouts — or the truth of his demise.
Trust Me, I'm Lying is just plain FUN. Julep’s is voice leaps off the page — she’s witty, snarky, and downright hilarious, and her voice never falls flat throughout the novel. It’s also fun to read about the cons Julep performs for the students who hire her — you’re really getting an inside look at how grifters fool their marks...
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