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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  965 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Teen con artist Sadie might be over her head. To escape her backwards small town, delusional mom, jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised, she also must leave Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time, until her mother wipes out her savings.

Brendan helps devise ultimate con. But the more lies Sadie s
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Originally posted at OMFG!Books

Whenever I see something about cons or con artists, my mind immediately goes to the tv show LOST and Sawyer. LOST was one of the best television shows of all time and Sawyer was one of my favorite characters. I'm always intrigued by stories like these and I was interested to see how a book about a young con-artist and her life would go. Well, I thought it went great.

Sadie's life is anything but perfect. She grew up in a trailer on a resort island full of rich peopl
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Imagine leading a completely different life than the one others think you have. Sadie lives in a small town and wants nothing more than to leave and better her life. When her mother takes her entire life savings in one go, she realizes she needs to make money and fast. This leads her to con a family that she thinks could be her long lost family.

I liked the plot in this one..You don't get a teenager who cons people in YA books so it reminded me a bit of White Collar. She was particularly humourou
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
The Almost Truth is one of those kind-of-perfectly-done books that only come up once in awhile. Sadie's story is so well-drawn, so perfectly paced, so twisty-turny...without being cheesy or cliche. This is how you do a YA contemporary novel.

I can't really explain why this worked so well for me. Maybe it was the fact that every time I thought I knew what was going to happen at the end, I turned a page and Eileen Cook showed me that she was one step ahead of me. Maybe it was the fact that I really
Michael Burhans
This is my third Eileen Cook book. As much as I enjoyed the first two (The Education of Hailey Kendrickand Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood)this is easily my favorite. This story twists and turns and you think you have it figured out, then you change your mind, then you change your mind again. A powerful and heart felt book that will make you question a lot of things that on the surface seem easy. I can't say much about it without giving away important things. Go read it.
Dec 18, 2012 Lynn added it
Won my free copy in Goodreads First Reads. This review is my honest opinion unaffected by having won.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This book was an entertaining story. The main character Sadie grew up as one of the poorer people on an island populated by many who are very affluent. Her father is a con artist who spends more time in jail than in Sadie's life and her mom is someone who escapes the harsh world by inventing new versions of events and realties in her mind.

I really liked the character of
Diane Wilkes
I read a lot of YA books, even though I am so far from Y I am practically O. However, I am I for Immature, so I rarely have problems enjoying this particular genre.

As I read others' reviews, though, I know I am officially O, because I find the narrator/protagonist Sadie incredibly sympathetic. She has excelled in school and works hard, despite being brought up by a mother who gives up on mothering and a con artist father who is in and out of jail. Her intelligence and industriousness are impress
OMG!! I was kind of in a reading shlump for quite a few years then discovered my love for reading again, I reccomend this book for people who are unsure of the genre they want to read this made me feel happy to be reading again its one of those books you are not able to pout down when I started reading I understood better maybe a few chapters in that I knew what kind of book I love it kept me on the edge of my seat literally wondering what happens next. I loved the ending and the middle where th ...more
Zemira Warner
The Almost Truth was the first Eileen Cook book I’ve read so I didn’t know what to expect. Cover and synopsis are deceiving. I thought it will be something like Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott and Heist Society by Ally Carter but the whole storyline was revolving around Sadie’s identity and finally accepting herself.

Sadie’s lived with her mum in a trailer park hoping that she will escape her miserable life when she goes to college in the fall but after her mum spent the money she was saving f
Kelly Hager
Sadie's a con artist. I know that makes her seem like a bad person, but she really isn't. She runs small cons, partly because that makes it less likely that she'll get caught but also because that means no one loses more than they can afford to. And it's for a good cause: getting her away from her hometown and into a good college.

And then her mom steals all her money, leaving Sadie completely broke and with just a few months to earn it all back. She has a great idea for a big con, the biggest sh
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Apr 11, 2012 Fred marked it as to-read
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This sounds like such a great premise - it reminds me a little bit of a tv movie I saw a long time ago that I really liked, called Caroline?, starring Stephanie Zimbalist (of Remington Steele fame). It also reminds me of The Face on the Milk Carton, which I never actually read, but somehow I know the story? I also love cover photos where the girl is crossing her fingers behind her back while kissing the guy. It seems like there have been a few lately, and it always portends drama and plot-a-lici ...more
Lix Hewett
(This review is super long because it's going up sometime this week on my blog.

I was scrolling through my ebook library last night, and feeling a bit giddy looking at all the covers since I finally uploaded all my ebooks to Google Play Books, and my eyes fell upon The Almost Truth.

I basically inhaled it.

Like Unraveling Isobel, The Almost Truth is a mystery set on an island a ferry away from Seattle. It has a side of romance as well, though I admit I didn’t care very much for it this time. The pr
The Almost Truth is my first Eileen Cook novel and I waltzed into it armed with nothing but the heady feeling of reading a book by a local author. Ever since I started my Masters program, I have been meeting a lot of local authors who write for children and young adults and for the first time ever, I feel a certain fascination with these brilliant people who dig deep into themselves and produce such startling results. Even though I may not personally love all the books I read, I still respect th ...more
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Wow, what can I say about this book? It was fantastic! I have been in the worst reading slump I have even been in since I can remember. It started in August and continued until this month and this is one of those books that reaffirmed that I indeed do LOVE to read. This book is about Sadie whose mother steals her college money from her. Sadie then has to think of a new scheme to try and get money t
Sadie is an 18-year-old con artist, saving up little by little to help pay for her college tuition so she can finally be off the small Washington island where she lives and away from her in-and-out of prison dad and trailer-living mom. When she sees a flyer about an upcoming event to help bring awareness to a missing child case that happened on the island 15 years earlier, she's startled to see her own resemblance to the time-elapsed photo of the missing girl. She thinks maybe this could be the ...more
First off, the cover is a little bit deceiving. The 2 teens in an embrace would scream love story, then read the back and see that its about con artistry and your mind just races with other ideas. Though there is a bit of romance play out in The Almost Truth, it is no where near as much as one would think based on the cover alone.
Sadie has had it rough, she lives in a trailer with a hotel maid for a mother, and a father who can't stay out of jail. All Sadie wants is to get away, go to school an
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I was blown away by this one. I read a few reviews saying it didn't have much romance and wasn't all they thought it would be.

But myself, I still loved it quite a bit. We are introduced to Sadie who has always lived with her mother and father. Her mother is kind of a loner and her father is always in and out of jail. He is good at cons, or maybe not so good since he sure does get caught a lot. Sadie has picked up a bit from him but she only uses it to steal money for college and nev
This story revolves around our main character, Sadie, and her struggle with finding herself or discovering her identity. I want to say from the start that I did not enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed others by Eileen Cook, but I still liked the story and the plot. Sadie wants more than anything to get off the island she has grown up on, and to attend Berkley where she can finally make a new name for herself. Her father has been in and out of jail for most of her life and her mother can ba ...more
I can't decide whether to rate this book only one, or a generous two stars. The concept was interesting, an eighteen year-old girl called Sadie who desperately wants to leave her home town and the trailer where she lives with her parents; however, her father spends most of his time in jail. She's a con artist who needs money for college so she can accomplish her dreams, but when her mother “steals” the money she's been saving, her dream seems incredibly far away. Then she thinks she might be som ...more
One of the better books I've read so far in 2013

I really enjoyed the almost truth. I liked it so much more than I thought I would! There were only a couple small nit-picky things that kept me from giving this book five stars but I'll get to that later. Let's start with the positive!

- Sadie is a realistic teenage character and easily likeable, as is her best friend Brendan.
- Sadie faces all of her problems with admirable strength and she's actually very smart. I can't recall one time when she was
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I have never read a book by Eileen Cook before, so this is my first. I am very impressed and will read more by her.

The whole story kept me guessing. I couldn't decide what was going to happen. This book keeps you on your toes, which I love. Secrets are uncovered, Sadie's parents have a strong love and everything about this book is incredible.

Eileen thought of a great idea and executed it well. Her characters were all real and you could feel what Sadie was feeling.

I highly recomm
John Clark
Sadie's living on an island in Washington State. While it's small, it still has two hugely different cultures. She's part of the hardscrabble one, living in a rundown trailer with her mom while she runs small cons to get enough money for the down payment on what she hopes is the start of a new life, her freshman year at Berkeley where she'll study architecture. Her dad is in jail for the latest of many poorly thought out cons. Her relationship with long time friend Brendon took an unexpected tur ...more
Ok, there needs to be a universal law that no standalone book can end like this! There's just too much left unclear. Especially recently for me, many contemporaries have been ending in this "loose string" fashion, so the rest is left up to the reader. I don't like this technique one bit, if I get to the end of a story it's because I've grown to love the characters (or at least tolerate them) so I'd like to see how their story ends, not make up one of my own. If I wanted to fill in the pi
After my long-winded diatribe about Fangirl last month, I realized I was a complete hypocrite the day after I finished The Almost Truth. I was ready to excuse The Almost Truth for all sorts of sins, simply because I enjoyed some of Ms. Cook’s other books. And that’s not fair to Fangirl because, in that book, there were parts of the book I liked (indeed, it’s part of why I disliked the entire package as much as I did).

Here’s something you never want to find yourself thinking after finishing a boo
* Hardcover: 256 pages
* Publisher: Simon Pulse (December 4, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 1442440198
* Author: Eileen Cook
* Cover art: Super cute!
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf

The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Teen con artist Sadie might be over her head. To escape her backwards small town, delusional mom, jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised, she also must leave Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she h
Emma Martinez
Cons can only be pulled off by the smartest. And teen Sadie got pretty good at them, growing up with only knowing how to live life by cons. The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook shows the struggle of many teens and families of what they have to go through just to survive. Even if you do it by lying your way through life.

Sadie a senior in high school is planning to finally get away from her parents and small trailer in Seattle. But when she finds something that could change her life forever she takes
I love Eileen Cook's novels: they always manage to be unique, but with a classic feel, the kind of book teens will read for years to come. Her newest is such a book - surprisingly warm, with an instantly likable main character, and unexpected twists and turns. Despite the sometimes unhappy subject matter, "The Almost Truth" left me feeling good!
Publisher summary: When a teenaged con artist realizes that she looks like an age-enhanced photo of a missing child, she decides to pull the ultimate con, then begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child.
Pretty good - reminded me of another book I read ~5 yrs ago, maybe by Deb Caletti. Easily recommend-able to teen readers.
Sadie's grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but she's learned a few things from her con artist father. But even Sadie couldn't see it coming when her mother raided her college savings account to help with her father's prison appeal and a few necessary household repairs.

Seeing her dream of going to a prestigious college and escaping her life, Sadie scrambles to find a way to get that money back before the start of her freshman fall semester. To do this, Sadie decides she will use her natural
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

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