Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: The Convenience of Lies

Title - The Convenience of Lies
Author - Kimberly Castillo
Genre - YA Based on True Story
Published - October 15th 2013


“It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?"

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a "bad boy," Ramon and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters' property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.

 I received The Convenience of Lies in return for an honest review from the author. Mackenzie wasn’t popular at her old school so moving to a new town has given her a new chance at life. On her first day of school she doesn’t fit in as she the new girl. She finds an unlikely friend in Kira the Russian girl from the library who instantly befriends her. Mackenzie and Kira become best friends but one night before Kira heads off to spend 2 months in Russia a fight breaks out. Kira tells Mackenzie right before she leaves don’t worry about it but she can’t avoid the fact that she thinks she’s still mad at her.

While Kira is gone Mackenzie focus’s all her time and effort into getting attention from Ramon. Who happens to be her guy friend who she has a crush on but doesn’t want to be anything more than friends. When Kira returns their friendship is quickly mended and the girls are sucked into a mystery involving several acts of vandalism. Kira thinks its Ramon suspecting it can’t be the guy she has a crush on. Will Mackenzie risk her friendship with Kira for Ramon? Will they find the person doing the vandalism?

I like Mackenzie she’s a real girl with real issues which I found refreshing. She makes mistakes which helped me connect with her. I was on the fence about Ramon through the whole book I wanted him to be a good guy but I knew he couldn’t be. I liked Cody he’s the nerdy good guy and I wanted him to get the girl. My heart went out to Kira I understand her hurting, and being upset with Mackenzie.

The Convenience of Lies is based on a true story which is what makes the story so much more powerful. I was drawn right into Mackenzie’s life right from the start her story is one that sparks the imagination and tears at the heart. The characters in the story are easy to relate to you can’t help connecting with them and feeling the emotional rollercoaster as the story progresses. I feel like this is one of those stories all teens should read because it’s based on real life teen issues. It’s an emotional ride it made me angry, sad, happy and I even got a little teary eyed. It’s one of those books all teens should read and adults will find it insightful. I enjoyed it the book it was a quick fast paced read and I think the author has created a well written story.  
4 out of 5 stars

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