Wednesday, June 18, 2014

To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones - OPTIONAL

Sones, Sonya  To Be Perfectly Honest, 480pgs.  Simon and Schuster, 2013.  $17.99  Content:  Language: PG-13 (30 swears); Mature Content: PG-13 (lots of talk about sex; underage drug use); Violence: PG.  

Colette is a pathological liar.  She blames her inability to tell the truth on the fact that her mom is a Hollywood starlet and she has to try and make herself interesting, so the only way she can do that is to lie.  When Colette goes to a new town where her mom is shooting a new movie, she meets Connor and falls for his good looks and the connection she feels towards him.  But what happens when you are in a relationship that is filled with lies?  

This book is told in prose and the main character is entertaining and easy to like, even though she lies.  The idea that lying is ugly and mean is clear, but the way the author got that message across was a bit too much for young adult readers.  Spoiler alert:  Connor spends the whole book wooing Colette so that she will have sex with him and when she won’t he lies to her and tells her he is dying of cancer in an attempt to guilt her into it.  Awful right?  It makes the point about the importance of honesty, but it’s too focused on sex.  Oh and by the way neither character is eighteen, Connor was lying about his age-he’s 21 and Colette was lying about her age as well—she’s 15.  VERY WRONG.  

HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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