To Be Perfectly Honest, Review

27 Apr

To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones

Plot: Colette is the fifteen-year-old daughter of a major movie star, and is also a habitual liar. She blames this practice on her feelings of inadequacy that she has because of her mother’s extreme popularity. In her opinion, Colette’s mundane teenage life pales in comparison to her mother’s, so Colette invents an altered reality. Colette’s mother is filming a movie in northern California, and Colette and her younger brother Will will be living in a hotel on location. Although Colette is not happy with the summer arrangements at first, she changes her attitude when she meets Connor, a suave, older local boy. A relationship begins, and for the first time, Colette begins to be perfectly honest (at least to herself) about her feelings. There are several surprising plot twists throughout the book, which makes it fun to read. Colette is a likeable protagonist, despite her habit of lying.. Also important to note is that this book is written in verse, which is a bold choice for a contemporary work of realistic fiction. My two major criticisms for the book include the choice to phonetically write out Will’s lisp (which was nothing but distracting to me as a reader), and the absolute character shift in Connor at the end of the book.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

3 stars

–Lisa

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