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Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

Title: Three Truths and a Lie
Author: Brent Hartinger
Year Published: 2016

Genre: YA fiction (LGBTQ and mystery)
Pages: 261
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)Mexico and USA (WA, Washington, DC)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun. Truth#1--Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It's the perfect time for him to break out of his shell...to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2--Liam, Rob's boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He's everything Rob could have wanted. They're perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3--Mia has been Liam's best friend for years...long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4--Galen, Mia's boyfriend is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He's the definition of a Golden Boy...even with the secrets up his sleeves. 

One of these truths is a lie...and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

Review: I really needed to read a quick YA book and this one did the trick. I read Brent Hartinger's Geography Club years ago and thought it was well done so I was looking forward to this one. Well, talk about intense! Pretty much for the whole book I was on the edge of my seat waiting for "it" to happen (whatever "it" was going to be), then when it happened, I was trying to figure out who, how, and why.

I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It's a quick read, an interesting read, and a suspenseful read. The characters are typical teenagers who show vulnerability, fear, overconfidence, and bad judgment, all at the same time. They flirt, have sex, drink a little beer, dare each other, skinny dip, and make really big mistakes. They also have some deep friendships, trust one another, feel loyalty, and share confidences in the hopes of being accepted into a social group.

Brent Hartinger knows the adolescent mind and does a great job at pulling the reader into the characters, allowing us to get excited and nervous when they do. If you want a quick, intense read, I highly recommend this one.

Challenges for which this counts: none.

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