Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-10-14
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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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