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The Almost Truth

by Eileen Cook

Simon Pulse | April 16, 2014 | Hardcover

The Almost Truth is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
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....

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: April 16, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442440198

ISBN - 13: 9781442440197

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute Contemporary Review first published on my blog Feeling a Little Bookish (http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com) Wow, what can I say about this book? It was fantastic! I have been in the worst reading slump I have even been in since I can remember. It started in August and continued until this month and this is one of those books that reaffirmed that I indeed do LOVE to read. This book is about Sadie whose mother steals her college money from her. Sadie then has to think of a new scheme to try and get money to get away from all the chaos of her current life. She pairs with Brendan and comes up with a pretty intense scam which may or may not involve a story in which Sadie was kidnapped as a child. This scheme ends up opening doors that Sadie never really wanted opened in the first place and in the end she learns a ton about herself and her relationship not only with her parents but also with her partner in crime Brendan. I don't know what it was about this book that I loved. I don't think it's just one thing but a combination of many things. The writing sucks you in and is light at times but is also serious at other times. You can't help but feel for Sadie but at the same time you fall in love a bit with Brendan. He is a bit of a player but he has deep feelings for his best friend Sadie. I think that a part of my love for Sadie is the fact that I could totally relate to her. When I was a teen the one thing I wanted to do was get out of my small town and away from my family. This is something that I did but I never really stopped to think about how my decisions and my deep want to leave would affect the rest of my siblings and my good friends at the time. Long story short, I love love loved this book! I couldn't put it down and I would definitely recommend it if you need a fun contemporary with a great main character.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME STORYLINE. Eileen Cook always pleases me, and this was just another of her fantastic books, but not the best. There was many moments where I just felt so many emotions and I was so captivated. Sadie was a pretty good character who had a lot of potential and used it correctly. She was a rebel girl who reminded me of some sort of detective stuck in a chick-lit book. The romance wasn't really strong but the storyline definitely flowed well with it. It was kind of sad and tragic, like a Sarah Dessen story, and the romance just helped Sadie evolve from her shell. I found the story to be really good. I enjoyed it but I needed more romance and drama. Okayyy.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book by Eileen Cook The Almost Truth was such an awesome book!! It is definitely one of my favorites from Eileen Cook. I absolutely love the cover!! Since reading the summary I was intrigued with the plot about a young con-artist and how she wants to improve her life and go to the college of her dreams. Eileen Cook is a great writer who can grab your attention with a good plot and lovable characters. Sadie is anything but perfect in her life, growing up on a trailer park resort island. Growing up her father has been in and out of prison, and Sadie has accepted her fate and made the best of it. As her determination to leave to follow her dream college at Berkley, California as a way to start a new life. She has money saved up by working some cons, which aren't big ones that get her caught. The surprise that her mother then drains her bank account and now she has no college money to leave, and in order to leave. Sadie comes up with one of the biggest cons in order to make the money quick and gets the help of her best friend Brendan to help. I loved all the characters especially Sadie because she is like any other teenager who wants to get away from her parents, has a sense of humor and is living a hard life. She is nothing like her father, she does the cons for a reason and does it in a morally way. She has a drive which makes her decide to leave the island. I liked her as a characters because she grows during the con and at times she feels close to this character who she is impersonating, so she does get confused and feels lost, but in the end still is determined to her goal. The romance in the novel wasn't the main topic, but it did give me the great feeling that she did end up with the right guy because he is so loveable. It was emotional and the plot adds up to the end because those twists and turns give The Almost Truth meaning. I really loved this books and the ending was great! It had everything that I liked in a YA contemporary. Definitely pick this one up!!
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fave Novel by Eileen Cook Yet! Haven't we all fantasized at some point that we could lead a different life and be another person? After her mother completely clears out her bank account, Sadie forms an ambitious plan to earn back her college money in a short period of time which involves the disappearance of a rich girl named Ava McKenna who went missing 15 years ago. However, the more Sadie learns about the missing girl and their similarities, the more she begins to believe in her own con and spun lies... I really liked Sadie as a protagonist! She's flawed and makes immoral decisions, but she's well-meaning and only trying to escape her trailer park life through the only solution she thinks she has available. Sadie's father has been in and out of jail her whole life and her Mom hasn't really bothered with any real mothering since Sadie was a little girl, so she's used to being independent and taking caring of herself. Oh Brendan, how I loved your moments with Sadie and wished for more. Brendan and Sadie have been best friends ever since they were children, and have always looked out for one another. She may try to deny his feelings for her, but you can tell just how much he truly cares for despite his player reputation. He's the voice of reason in the novel, and while he tries to help Sadie pull off the con, he also doesn't want to see her lose herself in the process. Sadie may want to forget her past and reinvent herself when she leaves for college, but Brendan has always accepted her for who she is, never judging her far from perfect family. The Almost Truth is Eileen Cook's best novel yet! Surprisingly unpredictable, The Almost Truth is far from being an average coming-of-tale tale and I would highly recommend the novel to fans of YA contemporary fiction in a heartbeat. I seriously didn't want the book to come to an end! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-almost-truth-by-eileen-cook.html
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romance, cons, twisty plots? Yes, please. You'd think you'd dislike a character who shows herself to be, from the first page of the book, a con artist, but in the case of Sadie, it's impossible not to like her. She comes by her skills quite honestly: she's the daughter of a swindler who spends more time in jail than out of it. But Sadie's a con artist with a dream and a (somewhat of a) conscience and she's about to go straight. Until she finds out her college money has been stolen (by her mother!) and everything she's worked for is gone. Maybe one last con, a really big one, will get her what she needs, but as she digs deeper to pull off the heist, she uncovers secrets about herself and her family that threaten to blow her world apart. I loved Sadie's voice in this book - Eileen Cook's characters never disappoint, but Sadie was particularly fun to read about. This plot twists and turns kept me guessing until the end, making this a real page-turner. And there's romance, rounding out the awesomeness.
Date published: 2013-01-17

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The Almost Truth

The Almost Truth

by Eileen Cook

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: April 16, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442440198

ISBN - 13: 9781442440197

About the Book

When a teenaged con artist realizes that she looks like an age-enhanced photo of a missing child, she decides to pull the ultimate conNuntil she begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child.

Read from the Book

The Almost Truth chapter one You know it isn’t going to be a good day when you have to choose between food and proper hygiene. “Can you take the milk off the bill?” I asked the cashier. My cell phone began to ring. I dug around in my bag for it. “You don’t want it anymore?” The cashier tapped her impossibly long fingernails on the register with one eyebrow raised. “That’s right. I don’t want the milk,” I repeated. This wasn’t true. I wanted the milk. Eating dry cereal for a week was going to suck. Not to mention having so little dairy in my diet that I would likely end up with a raging case of osteoarthritis when I was old. But until my mom got paid on Friday, there were limited funds in the house, and there’s no way I was going without deodorant. I finally found my phone buried at the very bottom of my bag and yanked it out. “Sadie, it’s Brendan.” I didn’t need him to tell me his name. Brendan has this habit of yelling into his cell as if it were a tin can on a string. “Hey,” I said. I looked at the new total on the register. Shit. “Can you take the toothpaste off too?” We’d have to squeeze a few more days out of the old tube. Now in addition to having brittle bones, I could be toothless. My future was looking brighter and brighter all the time. The woman in line behind me gave an exasperated sigh. Screw her. She was probably one of those people who always makes you wait while they count out the exact change from their Coach wallet. I turned around. Great, it was Rebecca Sa
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From the Publisher

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....