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The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt
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Mar 02, 10

bookshelves: middle-school, realistic-fiction, romance, tweens, psc
Recommended for: tweens
Read in February, 2010

2.5 When Devon discovers that the girl she pretended to be last summer is about to come crashing into her real life, she does the same thing she did all summer long: she lies. She lies about being part of the popular crowd and lies about secretly dating the school's hottest boy, and then she lies some more, to everyone- including her parents, best friend and new friend, just to keep all her lies afloat. Will anyone want to be Devon's friend anymore, when all her lies catch up to her? How can she set things right?

This tween friendship/identity novel is well done, if formulaic, and will appeal to girls interested in the drama of wearing the right styles, fitting in and having a boyfriend. The contrast between old Devon and the new "Devi" is well-drawn and the build-up and collapse of her lies convincing.

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