Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Any good con man with the right kind of rope can hang an entire mob. But my story doesn’t start with the mob. It starts with a pair of borrowed pumps and the front walk of a black-shuttered Colonial. – Trust Me, I’m Lying
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is her debut novel and it is a great debut! A heist, con story whose main character’s name, Julep, isn’t her real name. Julep grew up in the con business, learning how to extract money from people to pay the bills and her high school tuition. When her dad goes missing and her apartment is trashed, Julep has to pull the ultimate con to not only to find her dad, but to save his life.
I’m a huge fan of con books and movies and so I was extremely eager to read this book and it does not disappoint. It was a fast paced, quick read that I couldn’t put down. Julep is incredibly witty and sometimes gets in over her head. This is where her best friend/sidekick (because what great con artist doesn’t have a sidekick) Sam comes in and helps her out of a jam. Julep also has to deal with typical high school issues, like cute boys, and atypical high school issues, like helping con classmates parents into believing their children were applying to certain colleges (great opening sequence of the book). I absolutely loved this book, and if you are a fan of Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, you’ll be a fan of this. Mary Elizabeth Summer is writing a sequel that is due out later this year so make sure to read this in time for it. 5/5
Published: 2014, 338 pages