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The Convenience of Lies

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  11 reviews
“It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?"

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, M
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published October 15th 2013
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Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Oh, boy this book. I hate to say this but I barely made it to the halfway mark. I really tried but I just couldn’t get through a page without cringing. I really wanted to like this book. I really did, but it was just not for me.

Let’s start out with the positives. It has a great premise, which made me want to review it. A coming of age story, some teen angst, friendship and throw a mystery into the mix and you’ve got the makings of w
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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This is definitely a book that you need to remain focused on. There are a lot of ins and outs and I found myself having to re-read paragraphs again, to ensure that I was on the right track. This book is definitely something that was written quite a few years ago, as the kids interact though instant messenger on AOL and leaving voice messages on an answering machine. Talk about taking me back to the beginning of mainstream technology! :)

The main characters are high schoolers, Mackenzi
I received The Convenience of Lies in return for an honest review from the author. Mackenzie wasn’t popular at her old school so moving to a new town has given her a new chance at life. On her first day of school she doesn’t fit in as she the new girl. She finds an unlikely friend in Kira the Russian girl from the library who instantly befriends her. Mackenzie and Kira become best friends but one night before Kira heads off to spend 2 months in Russia a fight breaks out. Kira tells Mackenzie rig ...more
Kerry Reis
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-version
Leading into the summer of 2003, 16-year-old Mackenzie Fairbanks has just gone through her first year at Verdad High School in Southern California after her single mom and sister moved to Verdad from Mackenzie's original home town. Mackenzie does not know how she could have gotten through the social obstacles of the year if it hadn't been for her best friend, Kira. However, just before Kira heads out for a two month visit to Russia to reconnect with relatives, she and Mackenzie have a major figh ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
One line in this book sums up the whole of teen angst.

"I feel so small that I will soon disappear and never have to deal with anyone or anything again."

The Convenience of Lies captures the drama of being a teenager in a modern world and trying to figure out who likes you, who doesn't, and what people are saying about you behind your back. Being a teenager is a rough time and, thankfully, many of us grow out of these hardships and stop worrying so much about what others are thinking about us. Ma
Joy D. Fanning
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review*

Overall I liked this book a lot. I think it brings the reader so closely inside the mind of the character you almost become lost in the chaos around her as well. I loved how Kimberly was able to write the characters thoughts and ways of speaking, it really reminded me of a teenager. So many times you read a book about teenagers but they sound like adults. No so with this book, their worries about what others think, how they look an
Piper Templeton
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Convenience of Lies" is a novel about the fragility of friendship, particularly in teenagers. It is primarily told in first person through protagonist MacKenzie, a bright, conniving teenager with a strong moral compass. She finds herself caught up in a web of lies throughout a summer as she navigates through friendships, particularly with her best friend Kira, unrequited romantic feelings for Ramon, and a mystery involving vandalism with a vengeance.

Part of the strength of the book is how
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Mackenzie is ordinary girl; she is junior in high school. She has a life as any other teen age girl. On first day at school when she is trying to find a directions where to goes she meets her friend Kira and Ramon, the guy which she likes. The school days passed by without any troubles and the summer holiday is here. Kira must go in Russia for the summer. What to do Mackenzie without Kira, besides Kira was mad of her. Without her friend Kira Mackenzie was hangout with Ramon first and then with s ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
THE CONVENIENCE OF LIES is a deceptively simple book containing a deep message. Some of the things are a little dated, like IMing on AOL and answering machines. Mackenzie is a junior in high-school, best friends with Kira and she’s an all-around good girl. Her crush is Ramon, but not everyone likes him – especially not Kira. When the high schooler’s stuff starts to get vandalized, Mackenzie and Kira are determined to figure out who is behind it. Ramon knows more than he’s saying, but he doesn’t ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Though I thought this was a pretty good book, it was a bit hard for me to get into it.

Mackenzie has an up and down friendship with Kira, a crush on her friend Ramon, and then there are a few other acquaintances.

For me Kira came across as sometimes caring, other times manipulative. Ramon, well you want him to be the good guy, but he isn't.

Though this book is primarily about abuse, it isn't in your face. And there is a thread of mystery throughout most of the book as well.

It took me several tri
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults, anyone, friends
Recommended to Ailyn by: kimberly Castillo
I have been given this book for an honest review.

Although I had hoped that the author had made it clearer, but all abusive relationships are like that: unclear. The victim is slowly manipulated into the relationship and by the time she realizes it, her friends are long gone.

I do feel sad that Mackenzie did not realize that she was being played, and the story is more than that, it is about friendship and how friends/ outsider can see things more clearly as a spectator. The story complicates when
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