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The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook Book Review

The Almost Truth
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. Sa
die 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....

I went into The Almost Truth with high expectations. I usually try not to do that, but I couldn’t help it, after how much I loved Unraveling Isobel (my review here) Although this book wasn’t all I had hoped it to be, it was still great!

The main character, Sadie, has just lost all the money she needed for college. She's pretty desperate for the money, so when she realizes she looks just like a child who disappeared , she figures out the way to earn the money she needs.

The characters were all really likable. The only thing was that I liked Sadie as a character, but it definitely annoyed me how she tried to be someone she wasn’t. Brendon, her best friend, was a awesome guy, even if his ethics were sometimes questionable. I wish that The Almost Truth had shown more of him. There was a love triangle, although I felt it didn't develop that much. The romance could have been better and a little more developed. However, I loved the idea of how Sadie came to know her identity over the course of the book. 

As Sadie tries to pull off the con involving the missing girl, Ava, she finds out some really interesting things about what had happened to Ava so many years before ;) . The mystery surrounding that was super entertaining. Also, the ending had a twist that I definitely didn’t expect, but it didn't close as nicely as I hoped it would. There were certain things that didn't get completely resolved at the ending, and I don't like when that happens in books. 

Overall, though, The Almost Truth was a great book and I loved how Sadie changed as a person throughout the story. The ending could have been better, but overall, I’d give The Almost Truth 3 1/2 out of 5 flowers.


  1. hmm.. this novel doesn't sound all that amazing, especially the whole con thing since I am not a big fan of novels where there is a lot of lying. Great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. Thank you :) It definitely wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.

  2. I haven't read the book yet but it sounds like Sadie learns a lot about growing up in this novel. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, she does learn a lot throughout the book.

  3. I also have a problem with the high expectations. Sometimes I blame myself but it's really hard after an awesome book to expect something less from the same author. Honestly I don't like the idea of this story, cause all that pretending and lying isn't my style. Still great review :)

    1. The idea of lying wasn't too prominent, but it also kind of bothered me. Thanks! :)

  4. Awww man, I was looking forward to this one. It sounds so good, but I'm actually disappointed hearing this. *sigh* I get what you mean about the whole expectations. They just never work out. But, nonetheless, I'll keep an open mind, and I would like to see how Sadie grows as a character. Great review, Montana!

    ~ Maida


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