{Blog Tour} Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

October 13, 2014 Blog Tour, Book, Giveaway 20

{Blog Tour} Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth SummerTrust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-10-14
Source: Netgalley
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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.


I’ve been waiting for this book for almost a year. When I first Heard of it, I no doubt first thought of the Heist Society series from Ally Carter. And in a way, there are some similarities: teenage girl raised by her dad, family of con artists, wealthy private school, etc. However the similarities end there.

Julep is a 16-year-old con artist. She learned from the very best: her dad. But know her dad has disappeared and left some clues behind that Julep has to decipher if she wants to see him again. Julep’s about to figure out that being a con artist is anything but easy.

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.

This story starts off very strong: Julep in the middle of a con. I loved seeing Julep’s reasoning behind every step she took, every word she uttered and every emotion she showed. Julep was always in control of the situation, and she always knew what to say to make her mark believe what she was saying. Julep was truly a master of deception.

I think the author did a wonderful thing portraying her, because Julep was 2 completely different people. She was Julep: master of disguise, witty, and problem solver. But she was also Julep: 16-year-old girl who struggles to be normal. I really really really didn’t like normal 16-year-old Julep because she was so naïve! She would trust people easily and make huge mistakes. She ignored some signs that were RIGHT IN HER FACE because she “didn’t want to think about them right now”. However I do understand this side of Julep, because for someone who’s been her whole life in the “con life” she has been miraculously sane about it.

This story is predominantly about solving clues and pulling of cons, but there is a love triangle as well. I didn’t agree with the triangle as much because I rooted for the “other guy” which really sucks.

There are plenty of twists and turns, and even if I predicted some of them, I was still pleasantly surprised and entertained. There were a couple of plot twists that broke my heart and made me want to weep in a corner as well. This book was a rollercoaster of feels.

I have high hopes that there will be a sequel to this book, because overall the author built a wonderful world that I really can’t wait to revisit again.

I recommend this book to Heist Society and spy/thieves stories; this book definitely gives you a fix of what you are looking for! Trust me, I’m lying 😉

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Dream Cast

Jessica Mcleod as Julep, Hayden Christiensen as Tyler and Alfred Enoch as Sam.

Jessica Mcleod as Julep, Hayden Christiensen as Tyler and Alfred Enoch as Sam.


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  • Love your casting, Marianne! I’m so glad you loved it too!!! And I can’t wait for the sequel as well. More Julep adventures to come! <3

    Great review!!

    • I spent a lot of time on the casting (more than on the review, LOL) because I couldn’t find someone that resembled Sam in my head!

      Can’t wait for more adventures 😀

  • Con artist story lines are usually a treat to read, however I have yet to meet one so young! It’s definitely a fun take on the typical mystery plot, although I’m not sure about some of those heart breaking twists you mentioned. One thing is clear mind you, Julep Dupree deserves a sequel!

    • You should check out Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, then. It’s a trilogy about teenage con artists. Definitely very entertaining!

      YES! On the sequel. 😀

  • Thanks for a fantastic review, Marianne! This is on my TBR, so I’m glad to hear a positive review about it. 🙂

  • Lily

    Love the review! I’ve had my eye on this one for months and now i’m convinced I really need to read it!

  • Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve visited you, ladies. 🙂 How have you been?

    Anyway, I love the sound of this novel. I’ve always been a fan of books that feature these type of intelligent criminal activities. Lol. And yes, it sounds suspiciously like Aly Carter’s Heist Society. I’m looking forward to finding the differences between the two. 🙂

    • Oh gosh Joy, it’s true. We’ve both been so caught up with our personal lives. I’m glad I can be back!

      Hope you enjoy it, Joy!

  • I LOVE crime books! Okay….that sounded bad. But hopefully not too bad. 😉 I just love Heists and things and I love all the movies like Oceans Eleven and The Italian Job (and Leverage!) SO. Yes. I need this. But I’m worried about normal Julep. Sounds a little irritating. 😐 Also Julep is the weirdest name I’ve ever heard…but still going for the book! XD

    • I get it, I love all those things too. (I’m watching a TV show called How to Get Away With Murder and I have to explain that I don’t actually want to murder anyone XD). Normal Julep made me want to kick her sometimes… but at least the rest of the book is much better.

      And the name is explained in the book 😉

  • I think rooting for the “other guy” always sucks. And Julep is such a weird name. Haha. I don’t really read a lot of mystery novels, but I did read White Cat by Holly Black and she talks about conning people, and it was certainly interesting. I’m afraid to read about that normal Julep though. She sounds really frustrating.

    • Rooting for the other guy is the worse 🙁
      I loved White Cat by Holly Black! *high fives*
      Normal Julep requires some patience, and a really good mood. Lol.

  • I’ve also been excited for this one! Haha, I also hate it when I prefer the Other Guy. I do like the sounds of the twists, especially if they can make me emotional like that! The two sides of the main character seem a little annoying, if she can be a problem solver and has a lot of experience with cons you would think she could pull some of that experience to her regular life. Nice review, Marianne!

  • While I was reading your review, I kept on thinking Heist Society and then you listed it there, great minds! I’m not a big fan of those Heist movies overall, but it sounds like this one would cover it well. Too bad the other guy seemed to be the better choice too! Great review Marianne!

    • Heist Society was what first made me want to read this book. It’s a shame about the other guy, but hopefully in the next books it’ll be better 😀

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