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Chasing Truth

de Julie Cross

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Three months after the scandal that rocked the nation - the suicide of Simon, the teenage son of a California senator-seventeen-year-old Eleanor Ames is left wondering if abandoning her con-artist family for the private school life was worth it. Not only was Simon her date to homecoming, he was also one of the few people at school who didn't seem like a phony. And she can spot a phony a mile away. Just when things are beginning to return to normal, Miles Beckett moves into her apartment building, rides her bus to school, and won't stop asking questions about Simon's death. The thing is... Ellie has questions too. Not only about Simon, but about the new kid who seems to be here for the sole purpose of dredging up a ghost. Can Ellie uncover what happened to Simon without falling in too deep with Miles?… (més)
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Eleanor Ames is seventeen and attending Holden Prep in Virginia. She is a former con woman who became an informant for the FBI intending to turn in her father but her mother got caught instead. She living with her older sister Harper and her sister's Secret Service boyfriend Aidan. Things aren't all that good. Neither Ellie nor Harper have birth certificates or Social Security numbers which limits their options. Harper is working as a nanny pretending to be from Germany.

Ellie is grieving the apparent suicide of her only friend at Holden. She was the last one to see senator's son Simon Gilbert when he dropped her off at home after the Spring Dance. He was found a couple of hours later in his home. When her new neighbor Miles Beckett enrolls at Holden and starts asking questions about Simon, Ellie decides to investigate too.

Holden Prep is a hotbed of secrets with drugs, blackmail, and secret relationships really common. And both Miles and Ellie have their own share of secrets. As they investigate to find out what really happened after Simon dropped her off, many secrets are unearthed. And Ellie and Miles are falling in love.

I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. I liked that Ellie found a way to use the skills her parents instilled in her as a con artist to unravel the mystery. I also liked that she was conflicted about using those skills and living an honest life. ( )
  kmartin802 | Aug 27, 2018 |
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Every time I think I’m getting too old for YA, a book like this sucks me in. I was hesitant the first few pages when our main character, Ellie, waxes poetic about the new boy next door, Miles. But once that finished, a fun, fast-paced, twisty little YA mystery began. It reminded me a bit of Jennifer Barnes’ The Fixer series (which I loved).

Ellie and Miles bad great chemistry and a strong supporting cast of characters which made for some good scenes. I was constantly guessing Miles intentions in beginning and I liked how his story slowly unfolded. Since we were in Ellie’s POV her character was more open to us from the start and it was interesting seeing her character growth from an ex-con(man) to someone who was open to having friends and trusting people.

The story revolves around the apparent suicide of Simon, a high school student and friend of Ellie’s. As it unfolds we get glimpses and ideas of what may have really happened that night but there is enough mystery and suspicion to make it difficult to know the truth.

This was a fun and adventurous book that I devoured. Cross is becoming one of my go to authors for entertainment and I’m eager to start book 2 of this series. ( )
  Kristymk18 | Apr 14, 2018 |
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Three months after the scandal that rocked the nation - the suicide of Simon, the teenage son of a California senator-seventeen-year-old Eleanor Ames is left wondering if abandoning her con-artist family for the private school life was worth it. Not only was Simon her date to homecoming, he was also one of the few people at school who didn't seem like a phony. And she can spot a phony a mile away. Just when things are beginning to return to normal, Miles Beckett moves into her apartment building, rides her bus to school, and won't stop asking questions about Simon's death. The thing is... Ellie has questions too. Not only about Simon, but about the new kid who seems to be here for the sole purpose of dredging up a ghost. Can Ellie uncover what happened to Simon without falling in too deep with Miles?

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