Pretending to Be Erica
Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She kno ...more
----Ted, How I Met Your Mother
Michelle Painchaud, an American author, pens her debut novel, Pretending to be Erica that traces the journey of a con artist who pretends to be a dead and rich princess to steal a million dollars painting, but it is not an easy road to try to have the best of the both worlds, because in reality she is just a regular teenager who has a normal lifestyle.
I'm just incredibly bored with this one. It started out intriguing enough but far-fetched, too. And the whole priceless painting bit was just not convincing. Her being this perfect teenage con artist was not convincing either. I was kept mildly curious due to the tagline on the cover - does that mean she's the real Erica somehow? Or decides to play the con forever? But I just have no interest in these characters at all :(
At a Glance:
Pretending to be Erica was an intriguing thriller, full of moral complexity. It got a little bit slow in the middle, with a lot of repeating internal dialogue, but for the most part it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.
I adore this cover! The typography is fantastic, giving the book a slightly eery feeling. It's so well done!
"I still haven't gotten used to writing my new name."
The characters in Pretending to be Erica were all pret ...more
The number-one rule of a con artist: even if you have no confidence, act like you do.
Pretending to be Erica is a pretender book. If you expect this book to be funny and witty and want to learn a con world from the inside - you are for a big disappointment. This book is sheer melodrama. It seems author took her own advice and pretended to write a solid book but it was only an act - the deeper you look, the lesser you see. This book wasn't bad, but mostly I was tired of MC's crying
The microwave clock spills into midnight, and the marionette girl walks up the stairs to sleep in her puppet bed in the puppet house, filled with not-puppet people.I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked Pretending to be Erica up, but it certainly delivered in both the premise and the execution. This is an eloquently written and thought-provoking novel.
They are made of flesh and blood, and she is made of lies and wood.
More than a decade ago, Erica Silverman, the young daughter of a ...more
In fact it is a novel about loss , the inability to cope with it and the will not to give up hope no matter what. The loss of a daughter because of a kidnapping and the loss of a husband due to mental illness.
It is also a book about wanting to have a normal life with loving parents, a family and friends. Things that other people take for granted but Violet , the main character, needs more t ...more
Loved Violet. Her inner monologue was captivating. I enjoyed reading her struggle with being Violet and Erica. Taylor and James were the best part of the book and I definitely wanted more scenes with the 3 of them together.
There was a pretty good twist and the ending was definitely wasn't what I was expecting.
All in all, a quick read with an authentic voice.
Violet was raised to become a dead girl. She learned how to read people, to lie, to con, and she learned everything there was to know about Erica (the girl she was selected to become). But being Erica is harder than she thought it would be. Things aren't black or white anymore. Violet is starting to see grey, and that scares her more than anything else ever could. Sou ...more
Finally! A book about thieves/con artists that doesn't suck!
I enjoyed reading this book.
There's kind of not as much conning as I would like though. However, unlike most teen con characters Violet is ACTUALLY skilled. She is plausible. And also practical. She can read people like nobody's business, but everything she does makes sense.
So while this book is based around a con, it feel more like a coming of age novel. Violet is split between being herself and being Erica. She's nev ...more
I picked up this book after spending too much time researching a real and nearly equally fantastical case of Frédéric Bourdin, a French conman pretending to be a missing American teenager.
Violet has been getting groomed to become Erica for years. This included plastic surgery and having a bone broken because Erica had that bone broken too. Despite a faked positive DNA test lots of the characters still doubt that Violet is Erica and a PI is investigating ...more
For Violet, a teenage con artist raises as a con artist, PRETENDING TO BE ERICA, the missing presumed dead of a wealthy Las Vegas family, is her biggest scam yet. All she has to do is steal a famous painting and she and her dad Sal will be set for life. Violet doesn’t count on becoming attached to Erica’s mother and her life. She doesn’t count on making friends for the first time in her life. She doesn’t count on meeting a guy, for the first time in her life.
While PRETENDING TO BE VIOLE ...more
Violet has been raised to be the perfect con artist. She was plucked from foster care due to her resemblance to a missing girl who came from a wealthy and opulent family in Las Vegas. Sal, her adoptive father and crime teacher, has groomed Violet to step into Erica's shoes. Erica has been missing since she was a young child so Violet has had plenty of time to study Erica's family and community; she's also had time for ...more
Violet has been groomed to become Erica Silverman. This will be her until con and solidify her place besides the man who rescued her from foster care and taught her everything she knows. All she has to do is pretend to be Erica for a few months, steal a painting, and disappear into the night. Easy right? Well the whole stealing the painting thing woul ...more
This is one of those that is so hard for me to review. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as gripping as one might hope. Con artistry seems to be a hot little niche topic in YA lately, and this book cashes in on that. To its credit, it kept me reading to the end. I could never predict the ending well enough that I wanted to stop reading, even when I had a guess as to how it would all play out. That guess also kept changing. It is a mystery that you want to solve.
That sai ...more
Ambitious plot? Because the story could have been cliched, con girl turns good, but for the journey. The themes of grief, parental love, identity and integrity are cleverly explored.
I cannot think of the main character as either Violet or Erica. This con is the catalyst for Violet/Erica to grow and develop away from the controlling influence of ...more
I must say though that the beginning of the book fried my brain cells. Erica is 17 yrs old. She attends high school with all its drama. And to top it all off, we all know what's going on from the second page. She's not Erica. Okay. So there is absolutely no mistery. Nothing to solve. Nothing to be ...more
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He nods. I bite my lip and watch the just-budding trees flash by outside.
"I don't think I've found it yet."
His mouth twists with a smile I've never seen before. And I've seen every smile.
"That's the right answer.”