review: the almost truth

TheAlmostTruthtitle: the almost truth
author: eileen cook
publisher: simon pulse
number of pages: 256
in a nutshell: cheeky, witty and funny summer read (although i read it in february)
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.


Let me just say first, how much I love the cover of the book! It pretty much sums up the atmosphere of the story : The ironic and yet funny feeling you get from the very first page.

Sadie’s life has never been perfect: Living in a trailer, with a hotel maid for a mother and a jailbird for a father…well, you could pretty much understand her longing to see the big world as well as her indignation when her mother steals her money that would’ve saved her a place at Columbia. You could’ve felt angry by now…but strangely, I didn’t. Why? It is Sadie’s wit. The same wit that “overwhelms” her when she starts plotting cons with her best-friend-since-birth Brendan – such as the ultimate con, where she is supposed to take over the identity of Ava – the long-lost heir of the McKenna family.

There were many passages in the book that were too much of a good thing, too many accidents that turned the scales, too many scenes that are left to chance and hence, seem to fail to be still “realistic” (yes, I do know it’s fiction, but some things were just too oversimplified).
But let me tell you, The Almost Truth doesn’t have to be realistic. Hell, it is like a modern fairy-tale – but unlike normal fairy-tales, Sadie doesn’t need a fairy godmother to change her life. She is too clever to accept her own fate and hence, “tempts providence” in a very funny way. With sarcasm and self-irony.

The plot as well as turns and twists in the story were pretty predictable but they didn’t keep me from enjoying the book, though. There was an easiness surrounding Sadie and her relationship to Brendan, a naturalness so you could really tell their friendship is genuine and not just a typical insincere best-friendship.

So when it was time for the last twist…I wasn’t exactly shocked. It was such an easy solution to all of the issues raised in the book that I was like “what? Did that shit really happen because I mean WHAT?” At first, I was confused because I really thought I’ve sussed the story, but the author has shown me better. The end remained true to the book and was probably one of the most neatest endings I’ve ever read.

Ultimately, The Almost Truth is a funny and quick summer read that’ll definitely cheer you up, no matter if you just want to be entertained or feel misunderstood by your family and friends.


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