THE ALMOST TRUTH
From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.
With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....
Jenn: How does this book fit in with your others? Is it part of a series, unrelated but the same sort of book, or a real departure?
Eileen: This book is not a part of a series, it’s a stand alone contemporary YA. My books are connected (I hope) by being funny and having a theme of searching for identity.
Jenn: What’s the weirdest thing you were doing or the weirdest place you were when you came up with part of this book?
Eileen: The idea for this book came on a ferry. I live in the Pacific Northwest and there are many places you can only get to on a ferry. I was walking around and saw a missing person poster that had an age-enhanced photo. I turned to a friend and commented how weird it would be if you realized you looked like that photo. As soon as the words were out of my mouth I knew I had a book idea.
Jenn: What good books have you read lately?
Eileen: So many good books, so little time. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl were some of my favorites this year.
Jenn: What’s next for you?
Eileen: Christmas! In addition to copious amounts of Christmas cookies I also plan to be hard at work on my next book. I am working on a new YA which is currently being called LOST TO BE FOUND, but stay tuned--the title may change. It’s about a girl named Avery who decides to search for her birth mom as part of her senior project, but ends up finding out more about herself than she expected.
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