You’re Only As Good As Your Last Lie…

From Goodreads:

Kate Lowry didn’t think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I’m here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn’t be writing.
Don’t tell.
They’ll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder…

361 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published February 8th 2011)
primary language: English
original title: The Liar Society
My thoughts…
I chose The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker for my March selection for the Debut Author Challenge.  I will be honest in telling you how I picked the book for this challenge…by the cover.  I know, how elementary school right?  But have I mentioned that I TOTALLY judge a book by its cover?  Not that books with unattractive covers don’t often turn out to be good reads, it is just that appealing covers grab my eye first and pique my interest…therefore, just taunting me to read it!  How cute is that cover anyway?  Totally wanted to know why she had that bright pink hair and that bad-a attitude!  Even the title…everything on that front cover just grabbed me!
I loved that the story was set in Ohio at an upscale private school.  Of course, I absolutely loved that it had lots of secrets…deep, dark, far-reaching secrets, eternal bonds of friendship and who can resist a little bit of bad-boy image love interest?  It’s my life in a nutshell.  Ok, not really, but it is much like what I would daydream about on occasion during my drab high school years in public school in Elkhorn, Wisconsin!  What?  We didn’t have much excitement, although we had the reputation for one of the BEST county fairs…
I felt an immediate connection with Kate.  I was shocked at how much emotion and pain I felt with her at the loss of her best friend.  It made all those emotions I had felt all those years ago when I lost best friend come flooding back to the surface.  I truly identified with every high and low she hit.  The Roecker’s wrote it all out so well.  There wasn’t anything that Kate felt grieving for Grace that I didn’t myself at one point experience.  There also wasn’t much difference in the reaction of the parents either.  I felt such hope for both Grace and Kate when the e-mails came in.  I was literally so wrapped up in the possibilities that I had actually dreamed of the most awesome reunion of besties, both in the book and in my real life.  They absolutely captured all those thoughts and feelings and wrote them out so realistically.
I really enjoy a book that is written so well that I can form a great picture of each character without being told too much or it being written after a real life star/starlet that I can’t get out of my head.  All of the characters held their own and were unique enough to not be cliche’.  I was very grateful that there wasn’t a supernatural character within the group as well.  It was a nice break from the trend.
I really loved reading as Kate bloomed into her own.  She slowly came out of her shell and the grasp of devastating grief into a strong, independent, functional young woman.  I absolutely loved the relationship that Kate had with her red-headed neighbor.  Oh and how about her love interest…a little bit cuteness, a little bit rebel, a little bit of darkness and a whole lot to just adore!
If you have read any of my previous posts, you know by know I really don’t like to read a predictable book and The Liar Society was anything but predictable!  Every single time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was wrong!  Lisa and Laura did an incredible job keeping the book fresh and exciting from beginning to end.
I absolutely loved The Liar Society!  I totally feel like rocking out some pink hair and hopping on my bike and showing the world my inner dork-ness…or I guess I could just settle for writing this review on my blog and exposing myself that way :)  Either way, The Liar Society will surely be a read that will captivate you and keep your attention throughout.  And if I haven’t said it yet, I absolutely loved it…certainly going on my list of great reads for 2011!

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