Book Review: Devon Delaney is a Dirty Liar

Posted April 25, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments

Book Review: Devon Delaney is a Dirty LiarThe Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Devon Delaney, #1
Published by Aladdin on April 24th 2007
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Pages: 272
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four-stars

Mom says karma always comes around to get you, and I guess it's true. Because last summer I was a total liar, and now, right in the middle of Mr. Pritchard's third-period math class, my whole world is about to come crashing down.

That's because while Devon was living with her grandmother for the summer, she told her "summer friend," Lexi, that she was really popular back home and dating Jared Bentley, only the most popular guy at school. Harmless lies, right? Wrong. Not when Lexi is standing at the front of Devon's class, having just moved to Devon's town. Uh-oh.

Devon knows there's only one way to handle this — she'll just have to become popular! But how is Devon supposed to accomplish that when she's never even talked to Jared, much less dated him?! And it seems the more Devon tries to keep up her "image," the more things go wrong. Her family thinks she's nuts, her best friend won't speak to her, and, as if it's not all complicated enough, Jared starts crushing on Lexi and Devon starts crushing on Jared's best friend, Luke. It all has Devon wondering — who is the real Devon Delaney?

 

This isn’t a new book. I realize that. But since I am new to book blogging, I have had to go back quite a few years to find books I’ve wanted to read. Which is part of the reason I have almost 1300 books on my TBR list. This one was published in 2007. And it really was a very fun read. It’s definitely a tween/middle-grade novel, and I didn’t really know that until I started reading, and at that point I sighed and was disappointed. I decided to forge ahead anyway. I’ve got no problem reading fantasy middle-grade novels like Harry Potter and Fablehaven, but this was realistic fiction and I honestly felt pretty stupid reading about middle-schoolers with crushes. I debated whether I was going to review this one or not. But since it was such a quick read I figured, what the heck? Might as well. I read it in less than a day. And I’m pretty sure that none of you will read it anyway. But that’s okay. I got it for 99 cents from Alibris and it was money well spent because I enjoyed it.

I can honestly tell you that middle-school was never like this for me. If it had, my life would have been a whole lot easier. Middle-schoolers can be the cruelest kids on the planet and my 6,7, and 8th grade years were my worst of my childhood. But this isn’t about me. This is about Devon Delaney and how much of a screw-up she is. And wow, is she ever.

At first, I kind of understood why she lied to Lexi the way she did. Lexi was her summer friend and after summer was over, she thought she would never see her again. Lo and behold, this did not happen. But no surprise there, we wouldn’t have had a story to read otherwise. Lexi shows up at Devon’s school as a student and then things go from bad to worse as Devon tries to lie her way out of every situation instead of telling the truth. She ends up alienating practically everyone and of course, everything is resolved and the book ends happily. There are no surprises here. It’s a tween book all wrapped up in a little perfect package with a pretty bow. And that’s okay. There’s plenty of realistic-life books out there for pre-teens to read. I won’t remember it forever, and I probably won’t ever read it again. But it was a fun and easy read. It just wasn’t memorable. And it’s funny, but I never remember being this interested in boys in middle-school. I had crushes, sure, but my life certainly didn’t revolve around boys. My time was spent just trying to find ways to stay alive. So maybe that’s why I can’t relate so much. There was a little bit of a disconnect for me. But I do enjoy reading books like this. They are a good escape from time to time. Anyway, that’s all I got. Pick  it up if you want, but don’t buy it from Amazon. Get it from Alibris. Much cheaper.

I looked for a book trailer and I found two of them, but they both sucked. So I did not include them here. 🙂

 

kara

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