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Don't You Trust Me?

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A teenage girl switches identities with a stranger and pulls off a long-term scam in this smart, sarcastic thriller perfect for fans of Ally Carter.

Don’t you trust me? I mean, look at me. Blond, blue-eyed, the very image of innocence. Pretty enough, if you care about that kind of thing. I don’t.

But would a normal person switch identities with some wet mess of a girl at the
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Basically a watered-down version of the Talented Mr. Ripley. Kinda like fat-free cookies. It gives you a brief taste of greatness, but you're ultimately left unsatisfied.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who can tolerate fucked up humor
This is genuinely one of the most fucked up and fun books ever.

Don't You Trust Me? is about a girl who steals another girl's life and ends up as the starlet of a town. Our protagonist is Morgan, who is... a fucking sociopath. Morgan is arrogant, rude, and selfish. She is completely out for herself and it is delightful. This book is totally messed up but it's such a fun journey. I blew through this one just to find out what would happen next. The story flows so well I barely realized I was
Anna Ledwin
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oooioih my god. It's so messed up, I love it
I've decided to give this book an above average rating due to the originality of the way the author chose to approach the main character (with my rating system 4 stars=above average and I don't give those out too often). I can honestly say I have never read a book with a main character written like this before.

In this book, Morgan is about to be shipped off boarding school. At the airport, she encounters Janelle, who could be her doppelgänger, only she's over the top hysterical because she is
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope this isn't in any way autobiographical, or Patrice Kindl is one twisted lady, who I really want to catch a drink with. Morgan's head was a delight to run around in, and I'm curious as to how dazzling her future exactly would be.

I really enjoyed the way that Morgan didn't really put the pieces of her destruction together as they were happening, but noticed enough for me to be able to put them together, and then confirm them at the resolution, like a good little narrator. I don't even mind
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous and completely different from her other novels. In short, classic unclassifiable Patrice Kindl. If Patricia Highsmith wrote YA, she might produce this. Although it wouldn't be quite as strangely appealing.
Bridget Cunningham
This spectacular book called Don't You Trust Me by Patrice Kindl. This book is a realistic fiction book about a troubled girl whose parents no longer wanted to deal with her so they sent her away. She ends up running into a girl who she feels bad for so she switches places with her so the sad girl can run away. If there was one thing the author would want the reader to know it is important to do the right thing, don't lie about something, ever. It is very important that you do the right thing so ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A very quick read. Morgan is a "cold one" (basically, a sociopath) who is fearless, clever, and more than a bit impulsive. When she is supposed to be shipped off to reform school, she instead switches places with a stranger at the airport and assumes a different life with the stranger's wealthy relatives (who haven't seen her in many years). What follows are a lot of lies and careful manipulations as Morgan attempts to keep those around her fooled while basking in the good life.

Morgan is
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you the type of person that takes chances without thinking of the long-term consequences? Would you switch identities with a stranger at the airport so that you can run away from your boarding school and she can run away with her loser boyfriend?

Apparently there are people out there, "colds," who would do that without thinking. Morgan is a teenage girl that is "cold." She's only concerned about herself, no one else. What do her actions and other's actions get her in the long run? That's her
Ruth Ann
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Morgan convinces the family she is staying with as Janelle, their niece, to call her by her real name.
Trouble is, she should not be with this family. Morgan is supposed to be at a reform school.
She fools a lot of people for a long time. But Morgan is a cold-hearted sociopath, a thief, a conniving liar.
She does learn from her mistakes....
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15 year-old Morgan is unlike any other teenager. She views herself as one of the “cold ones,” who doesn’t have empathy for anyone. She is a master manipulator, liar & sociopath. Her parents ship her off to a boarding school for troubled youth, however in the airport she meets another teenager & takes on her identity. While staying at Janelle’s aunt & uncle’s house, Morgan goes undetected long enough to take advantage of everyone she meets. I found the characters shallow & the ...more
I must be in the minority here cuz I had to grit my teeth to finish this. I suppose of you're a really young YA and have to be told why a character does something after they do it, this book's for you.
The premise is great fun, and even some parts are interesting, and the main character is wonderfully devious and callous.
But, overall, it feels like a schtick.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of not super intelligent. Like at all. I was so excited by the premise, but I've read books similar to this that were far better done. Too many loose strings and not enough at stake. And the ending, just what?
Alex Simeon
i was getting annoyed with the main character sigh and i didn’t expect the story to develop into that. i was expecting something different when i read the synopsis at the back of the book when i was contemplating on buying it
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good and addicting to read! I'm a fan of books that make me keep wondering if the characters are going to be able to get away with things and that book did just that. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
Natalie Truitt
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4.5 as some of the side characters were flat. Really interesting concept.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is interesting, well written and would appeal to readers in their early to mid teens. The main character is not likeable since she considers herself superior and revels in taking advantage of others whenever possible. I expected some kind of redemptive message towards the end of the book, especially since the target audience is teens, but other than a short stint in jail, the main character's habitual lying and stealing result in few negative consequences and although readers might ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Don't You Trust Me? is one of those books that completely slipped under my radar - I hadn't heard anything about it until a copy showed up on my doorstep (a huge thank you to the amazing folks at Simon & Schuster!), and I was incredibly impressed with it. While the cover left a little bit to be desired, the story on the pages within the book was an interesting one that I couldn't put down.

"I can't even

This is one of the few times in literature where I was actually rooting for the bad guy. Morgan’s inner dialogue was hilarious. She is a true evil “genius.” And I use the term genius loosely because one would think her child psychiatrist aunt or anyone else who ever met the real Janelle in real life would have picked up on the clues sooner. Overall a quick and engaging read.
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5 Audiobook I think the main reason I enjoyed Don’t You Trust Me? as much as I did was because it was so unique to me. I’ve never heard anything even remotely close to this. It must be very difficult to turn a sociopathic character into a protagonist because Patrice Kindl is the only author I’ve ever known to do it and she did it remarkably well.

Morgan just might be one of my favorite characters of all time. It was so refreshing to hear about a clever, calculating
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what the title implies, Don't You Trust Me?, begs the opposite as we get to peer inside the mind of 15-year-old Morgan who takes gleeful delight in sharing her devious thoughts and actions.

At first, Morgan seems magnanimous and almost charitable but after a while her greedy and manipulative character starts to turn gluttonous.

It's not often that the narrator becomes so enamored of herself that -- as the reader -- I couldn't stand her!

Certainly an eye brow raising novel with an uncanny
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t You Trust Me? Follows the story of Morgan - a young girl who learned she was part of a group named the fay. A specific set of traits or other fay characters weren’t offered. From what I was able to gather, the fay consisted of an elite group of people only identified by others of their kind who posses a lack of empathy, guilt, and fear. Some may argue the fay may just be sociopaths.

Either way, these abilities Morgan possessed always got her into some sort of trouble growing up. Stuff like
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Morgan has known for a long time that she is different--cold, even. She is very good at mimicking and reading people. But she doesn't care about anyone except herself.

When her parents decide to send Morgan away to a school for troubled teens even though she is obviously not troubled and knows exactly what she's doing, Morgan knows it's time to move on before her plans to attend a top-tier college, become a lawyer, and make lots of money are completely ruined.

Morgan's one weak point has always
A quick and engaging read. There were a few holes that annoyed me, but I guess that could be explained away by having such an unreliable narrator. I think this book did a great job portraying a (completely nonviolent) person with disassociative personality disorder (psychopathy/sociopathy.)
Madeleine Sherratt
I read this book because the back cover was ambiguous enough to make me want to figure out what it was about. That being said, this was one of the more original books I've read all semester. The main character is a witch. She is immoral, dishonest, rude, and totally unlikable- she is so original. I've never read a book where the main character is presented as so blatantly awful. And because she's also the narrator, she is totally unreliable. It was such a cool book. I would have liked for the ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm partway into like three different books right now, but all were (metaphorically) tossed aside when I got the email that this one was available (thank goodness for pre-orders!). NEW PATRICE KINDL!!! Yeah! Suck it, other books. At first I was just generally bummed this wasn't the third book in her Keeping the Castle series (hilarious Austen-ish antics), but even though it is the polar opposite--it's about a teenage sociopath who assumes another girl's
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone makes mistakes and we all do things we regret. Don't you trust me is a perfect example of this kind of situation. From the moment I started to read this book I knew i was in for a good story. I liked this book, because of the main character. She finds herself in a situation where she switches identities with a stranger and you get to see her go through this crazy adventure and I can relate to most of the things she feels and says throughout the book. This book was great from the ...more
Julie Trapp
Morgan is being sent away to a boarding school by her parents (for troubled teens). At the airport she meets crying, upset Janelle (being sent away from her boyfriend to live with an aunt/uncle's family). Morgan "befriends" her, takes her ticket and identity and gives her money to go live with said boyfriend in their own little cabin. Morgan passes herself off to the relatives (who are none the wiser as they have not seen her since she was a little girl) and plans on living the good life. She is ...more
Heather Brown
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, teen, middle-grade
Morgan is a grade-A sociopath, but she really makes it work. After she figured out that not getting caught made things a lot easier, she believed her parents would think she was normal. They must have seen through it, because they try to send her to a reform school. Waiting for her flight, Morgan hits on a plan. She swaps places with a star-crossed girl who looks a little like Morgan, and finds herself living with the girl's relatives in a world far-removed from the dingy suburbs she came from. ...more
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I was born in Alplaus New York in 1951, the youngest of four daughters. My father is a mechanical engineer, my mother a housewife. My family is very nice – I like them all a lot. As a child I loved animals and read obsessively.
We had (still have) a family cottage on Lake George. The people who live next door are life-long friends. On summer weekdays during my childhood there were ten