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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,228 ratings  ·  170 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 the ultimate con. But the more lies Sad
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Nov 04, 2012 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
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Diane Wilkes
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly Hager
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
Apr 11, 2012 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
Em Lost In Books
3.5 *s.
Who doesn't want their dreams to come true, live a life of prosperity. So if you come to know that you are a heir/heiress after living a life of poverty you'll make sure that you get that. I liked this story, it has its fun and sad moments. Its a good read. :)
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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
Rachel Piper
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the writing style, but the ending felt rushed and I don't think the author did a great job balancing breezy teen romance with some of the darker elements that emerge later in the novel. ...more
Alisa Gilroy
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
The frustrating this is that I actually did really enjoy this book. The concept was great but the entirety of the book was like a bait and switch with the ending. Readers are led into thinking the story is leading to ending A even though the character believes it's ending B and then keeps switching where the story is going. First it was A, then B, then A again and then just kidding it's B and then oh you were right all along it was A. It kept the story from having any depth which is probably why ...more
Chelsey Wolford
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who don't mind serious issues being screwed up
This book was one of the worse books I have ever read. I was looking around my local library to find something short to read. I just needed something short and YA because they are easy to read.
So starting this book was easy, and reading about how she is a con artist, I wasn't sure how I would feel about her. But once I read about how she switched the $10 for a $5 and asked for another $5 because she wasn't given enough change. And since then I didn't like her.
Brandon was annoying too. And she wo
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2013
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
Princess Bookie
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2013
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review first published on my blog Feeling a Little Bookish (

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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, realistic
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.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all I should mention how honored I felt that Cook thanked me first in her acknowledgment. ;) - lol yep, I am one of those weird guys who reads them

This was really good- not light or fluffy- totally unexpected in many ways but once I got over the fact that this isn't your rom com -- I really got into it
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great story that plays on the age-old fantasy that every teen has...that they must've been kidnapped or adopted with great mystery feel and other complications. This book makes you want to know what happens to Sadie after the novel closes. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
THis was a pretty good YA book, there were some twists, some turns, and some unexpected plot pieces that I really enjoyed. It was a little predictable in some parts, but that did not make it unenjoyable.
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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.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


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