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To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story

To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story - Sonya Sones Originally published at Gypsy ReviewsI received an eARC from the publisher, thank you!To be perfectly honest (just as the title of the book says), I made a mistake when I requested this book on Edelweiss. I was looking through the Harper releases very early and requesting a bunch of them (and subsequently got rejected for all of them lol) and I clicked the request button for this book before realising this was being published by S&S. So I was hesitant to read this book after not knowing much about it, even from the synopsis it didn’t exactly interest me so this was such a pleasant surprise. It was a quick read and the execution was mind-twisting as the character never tells the truth. So how can you know that anything she says is actually true at all?Colette is addicted to lying and she does it so well that sometimes people never notice. Colette had plans for her summer but her famous movie star mother drags her and her little brother on location in a very small town. Colette is less than enthused but she meets a biker who might just change her mind about this summer.Now Colette is really just your average teenager, all that high school drama and all, she knows it. Lying is her way of having fun and she does it so well, I admit, even I got fooled. There is this passage in the book that I love.If a person says, “You can’t believe a word I say,” is her statement true or false?If her statement is true, then everything in her statement has to be true. Right? But because her statement tells us we can’t believe a word she says, then everything in her statement has to be false. Right?So – which is it: true or false? (5%)Basically the whole story depends on whether you believe what Colette says or not and that’s a part of the fun of the book. Sooner or later, you’re going to take everything with a grain of salt because Colette keeps you wrapped around her little finger, lying her way throughout the story. I loved how I was constantly questioning myself was Colette lying? Did this really happen?Conner is the biker she meets and well, just take the entire romance with a pinch of salt. It’s a serious case of instalove but without the whole you’re my soulmate and I want to be with you forever part. I really love the twist at the end, Colette sure knows how to hold her own and you probably won’t see it coming. This is what you get for going in a book where the protagonist keeps lying. The last passage in the book really had me shaking my head and smiling because it is just so typical of the book to say that and I have to applaud Sones for it. I won’t reveal it because I don’t want to spoil the fun but it’s good.In overall this was such an enjoyable contemporary read, despite the length (it says it’s nearly 500 pages), I breezed through it within a few hours. I think it’s mainly due to the format of the book but I couldn’t tell if it was my Kindle or the book. It’s a good palette cleanser, especially if you’ve just read something very heavy. I’m not sure if it would be worth getting in hardcover because it’s contemporary and I know some don’t usually like getting contemporaries in hardback so I say it would be worth it as an ebook.Verdict: Get it in ebook for when you want something quick and fun!------------------This was a really quick read due to how the story was formatted, it's fast and short and fun to read. Something you would just pick up if you're looking for a palette cleanser after reading something heavy. Crafted well and I like how everything about the character makes you wonder is anything real at all? The character's decisions are however questionable but yet again, don't take everything in this book too seriously. -- Full review to come!