Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

“I don’t make to-do lists, but if I did, today’s would have gone something like this: 1. get drunk, 2. get laid, 3. go surfing (not necessarily in that order.) Noticeably absent from the list: get arrested.”

This is what you can expect with Liars, Inc.

A refreshing POV

Max is a male protagonist, and is written spectacularly well. He’s not a cliched male, and you can actually feel he’s a boy. It’s so refreshing because sometimes male POVs are so forced and unnatural, and this one was nothing of the sort.

I loved Max. He was smart, but stubborn, loyal, but practical, emotional, but closed-off. He’s very complex, but a joy to get to know. Being in his head was great. He was so relatable and wonderful.

I also liked how Max was so clever. I mean, being a teen facing a murder charge is horrible… but he uses his skills to try and find out what really happened.

Non-Stereotypical Characters

Parvati is his girlfriend, and she’s Indian. Her parents are extremely overprotective of her, but she doesn’t let this bring her down.

Parvati is 100% the brains in this book. She was so smart the whole time!

Plus Parvati is such a confident person. She is very in touch with her sexuality, and it’s something that not many YA authors do in fear that their character may seem “slutty”.

Parvati can very well take care of herself, and in fact, saves Max a couple of times, too.

Preston is another story altogether. He’s supposed to be typical rich boy, but with his disappearance and then murder, we find out so many things about him. It really shows that not everything is as it seems 😉

“Who knew lying could be so lucrative?”

Plot Twists

I was going crazy trying to guess what was going on. This story is so difficult to predict, because there were a lot of red herrings and Max himself was unreliable. I loved that I didn’t know what was going on, because that was what made me want to read faster!


There’s a huge emphasis on family in this book! I’m so happy. Max’s family is amazing; even when he pushed them away, they were always there for him. It’s so different from typical YA with absentee parents, so I was so happy to see it here.

Lies, lies, lies. 

I mean, it’s called Liars, Inc. there has to be at least a little deception 😉

All in all, you’re in for a real ride with Liars, Inc. You’ll be captured from the very prologue and won’t be able to stop until you find out the truth.

“To me, Mother Nature isn’t nearly as scary as human nature.”


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14 thoughts on “Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

  1. Ooooo yay! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Marianne 😀 I have heard next to nothing about this book, so it was great to read your thoughts and find out a little more about it! It sounds super unique, and I love the fact that there’s diversity and a girl in touch with her sexuality (I think this is a HUGE problem in YA, to be honest).

    I love books that involve guessing and lying, so I think I might enjoy this one 😀


    1. I can’t believe you haven’t heard much about it! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of hype around it, haha. I was so glad with Parvati, because what’s wrong with a girl in touch with her sexuality?

      I hope you get to read this one, Chiara!


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