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To Be Perfectly Honest
ISBN: 9780689876059
Author: Sones, Sonya
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: August 2014
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Fifteen-year-old Colette is a compulsive liar spending a miserable summer in San Luis Obispo, California, babysitting her 7-year-old brother while her famous mother shoots a movie, but things look up when a sexy biker named Connor enters the scene.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Novels in verse.
Honesty; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012048563
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" L x 1.50" W
Bargain Category: High School, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
"I'm what / your English teacher / calls an 'unreliable narrator.'" Through first-person free-verse poems, fifteen-year-old Colette explains her pathology then relates a summer away on location with her movie-star mom and little brother during which she falls for a guy and discovers the hazards of chronic lying. Some character relationships feel murky, but the pithy, swift-moving verse packs a punch.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 August)

Gr 9 Up—This coming-of-age novel in verse features Colette, a spunky, untrustworthy narrator whose schoolmates like to joke, "How can you tell/if Colette is lying?/Her mouth/is open." Readers will root for the teen as she struggles under the shadow of her beautiful, movie-star mother whose permissive parenting style is equally neglectful. But all is not as it seems, as readers are taken on a roller coaster of truth and lies. By "reinventing reality," Colette creates her own world because, in her words, "my actual life/sucks." Cheeky Colette is well matched by her precocious younger brother. The siblings are forced to follow their mother "on location" to a small town where the week's main excitement is the farmers' market. In "the armpit/of the universe!" Colette meets Connor, for whom she feels a passion that she will struggle to rein in, much like her indulgence in lying. Sones captures the ache of first love. Readers may find themselves laughing, crying, and wanting to believe the unreliable, well-developed narrator. Excerpts may make for a stepping stone to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Like Shakespeare's play, this title lends itself to discussion about healthy relationships, setting limits, defining oneself, and evaluating what is real. Fast paced and great for reluctant readers.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

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