Book Review: To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones

Okay, so I was supposed to post this like a week and a half ago. Oops. Better late than never, though, right?

Title: To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story (GoodReadshonest
Author: Sonya Sones
Page Count: 480
F/NF: Fiction
Genre: YA Contemporary – in verse

Goodreads Summary:
Her friends
have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?

Her mouth is open.

Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she’s got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder—so she lies to escape out from under her mother’s massive shadow. But Colette doesn’t see it that way. She says she lies because it’s the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she’s had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway…

When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He’s older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother’s identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he’ll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother’s autograph. Just like everyone always does.

But what Colette doesn’t know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own…

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a novel in verse, but I have to say that I liked it. This books was a fast read, one that I really enjoyed.

Colette is addicted to lying. Lies come more naturally to her than the truth. This made for an interesting read because a lot of what she says isn’t true. As she points out, she is a very unreliable narrator. Of course, she always fesses up to her lies (at least to the reader), so this wasn’t a hard book to follow. You didn’t have to try to shift through all the stories and figure out what was true and what wasn’t, which was nice.

I don’t usually like liars, but I found myself starting to connect with Colette and feel sort of sorry for her and even like her. Her mother’s so wrapped up in her own life that she doesn’t seem to realize what she’s doing to her kids. Will is sort of annoying sometimes but it still one of my favorite kids in books. Usually little kids are annoying all the time and are only really there to make me want to put the book down (or at least that’s what it feels like to me). But Will was a good kid. He was annoying at times, but more often than not he went along with Colette and made her happy, which was nice to read about. It seemed like a realistic relationship.

Even Colette’s mother seemed realistic. I’ve read a lot of books with an evil mother character, so it was nice to see that Marissa wasn’t all bad. I hated her in the beginning, but she came around eventually, which I appreciated. That felt more like a real relationship. She’s selfish sometimes and loving other times. Just like real people are.

Connor’s a fascinating character. He and Colette were on the same wavelength most of the time, and that made it really easy for me to believe why she became obsessed with him so fast.

That’s not to say that this book was perfect. Some parts were sort of cheesy. The ending, especially, seemed a bit sudden and not that realistic. Still, the rest of the book was good, so I can deal with a sort of cheesy ending.

I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.



Posted on October 12, 2013, in 52in52, Reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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