Book Review–To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story by Sonya Sones

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This is the 39th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story by Sonya Sones
Published August 27th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

Her friends
have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?

Her mouth is open.

Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she’s got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder—so she lies to escape out from under her mother’s massive shadow. But Colette doesn’t see it that way. She says she lies because it’s the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she’s had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway…

When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He’s older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother’s identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he’ll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother’s autograph. Just like everyone always does.

But what Colette doesn’t know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own…

 

——

At first, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like this one. To be perfectly honest, Collette, the main character, got on my nerves in the beginning. But then she started telling her outrageous stories, and somehow I began to find her endearing. I found myself beginning to be able to relate and connect easily to her because I know what it’s like to be bored and alone save for family. When I was younger, I used to make up outrageous stories about my life, and my future.

While Collette is a “unreliable” narrator for a bit, soon her life starts becoming real. The things that happen to her are not quite as exciting as what she mapped out in her head earlier, but I found her relationship with Connor to be entertaining and fun to read. Especially toward the end.

Besides connecting with Collette, I found her little brother, Will, to be adorable. Even her mother and mother’s boyfriend ended up being characters I enjoyed. I also liked Connor, at least until the end. Though while I hated how he ended up being, it was a nice twist of irony that I didn’t see coming. I felt awful for Collette though, and for Will.

The only thing that really disappointed me minus the Connor thing, which the reader is probably supposed to be disappointed at, is the end. While I applaud Collette for taking the high road, I would have really liked to see things play out differently. And while I like that she decides she wants to amend her lying ways, parts of it felt a little forced.

Other than that, this was a great read. Very entertaining with a fun romance and interesting, quirky characters. The book isn’t all sunshine and giggles, but overall it’s a very fun read.

 

 

4halfstars

 

 

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