Title: Trusting You and Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Disclaimer, I was given a copy of this book via Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was a little iffy of this book at first, the whole idea of a family—including the parents—going to camp for an extended time (anything beyond a weekend or week really) didn’t really click with me. I don’t know, I was just like ‘don’t they have responsibilities, and why would they even want to go?’ That and the description gave it a sort of family counseling camp vibe and I was worried it would get a little too preachy or something.
But I had no reason to fear. Trusting You and Other Lies really hits the sweet spot of contemporary—it’s realistic and emotional while also having that cute camp experience and dream romance that makes it the perfect summer read.
Phoenix’s family situation is really screwed up and has really screwed her up. Two years ago, her father lost his job—her mom never worked—and he has yet to find one since. And in that time her parents have become totally absent, only being present when they’re fighting. This has made Phoenix into really the only reliable force and role model in her younger brother’s life. Continue reading