Tuesday, May 28, 2013
3.5 stars: To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story by Sonya Sones
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..."
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. I received a digital ARC of this story.
Guess who I saw today while I was grocery shopping at Price Chopper? TRENT REZNOR! I never would have noticed him (I mean, why would I expect to see Trent grocery shopping in upstate NY?) if he hadn't commented on something in my cart. "What's that?" "Celery root. It's used in.... Whoa, has anyone ever told you that you look like Trent Reznor?" Right after I asked that, I felt foolish, because his wife Mariqueen walked up holding broccoli. "Wait, you're seriously Trent and Mariqueen? What?! I'm going to pinch myself now. I've been a NIN fan since I was 12." They laughed and then invited me to have dinner with them! It turns out that Mariqueen's cousin lives here! Mariqueen stepped away to get something else, and Trent came closer and whispered "we're in an open relationship."
To be perfectly honest, none of that happened. I tried to meet Trent once with my bestie Emily, but we ended up just standing in the freezing cold for way too long and got chatted up by some guy who tried to say he was Trent's manager or something. Here we are in like 1994 or 1995 sporting our NIN shirts! (And by the way, today is her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY!)
Oh, you want to hear about the book, right? Well, that's what you will find in the book! The narrator will tell part of the story and then say that she is lying and it never happened, so you never know when to believe her.
I was a bit unprepared for it, because the info says that it's about 500 pages long. In actuality, it's not a long book, because it's told in prose (in my Kindle app, there are 1,706 locations).
Since it's in prose, and is not meant to be a deep story, there isn't the character development that you would expect. There is character growth, but there isn't much character depth. In fact, two of the lead characters (Collette and Connor) are in no way likable. Collette's little brother Will is definitely the most likable character and most developed. I also enjoyed how Trent Reznor was portrayed. Oh wait, he wasn't in the book.
The story was light, fluffy, and engaging. I was laughing out loud a lot, but I think it was because of how ridiculous Connor's lies were and how Collette was falling for them.
The writing was pretty simplistic, but that, plus the reason why it's short, and why the characters don't have much depth, get explained on the last page of the book.