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Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
published on March 24th 2015 by HarperTeen
young adult | contemporary | mystery
Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?
When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.
Instead of doing my usual review, I’ll tell you why you need to read this book in a different way. I’m going to compare Liars, Inc. (and its characters, plot, etc.) with various people and objects. ;)
1. If Liars, Inc. would be a dessert, it would be dark chocolate. Rich, “creamy” in a way, with a touch of darkness… and sweetness
2. If Max (the main character) was an animal, he would be a dog. He’s helpful (even if he’s not completely moral…), protective (over his family, friends and girlfriend), and absolutely adorable. He’s the kind of guy you want with you every step of the way.
3. If Parvati (the heroine) was a place, she would be a dark alley. Dark alleys can serve as a comforting place, but it’s also quite mysterious inside… She’s always been there for Max, but of course everybody has their own little secrets, no?
4. If the relationships (romance-, friends- and family-wise) in this book were people, they would be babies–you would just want to squish their cheeks and huge them forever! Just like babies, the relationships in this book were as gorgeous as little angels. They’ll make you want to squeal, laugh and cry along with them.
Overall, Liars, Inc. is definitely a must read for fans of well-crafted thrillers with a touch of romance, friendship and family. Y’all are going to love Max and the rest of the gang.
rating: 4 stars
IF THE CAST OF LIARS, INC. TRADED PLACES WITH THE CAST OF THE 100
Paula: Okay, so the truth is, aside from a fierce female lead and a fair amount of time spent running around in the woods, LIARS, INC. doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the TV show (not the book) The 100.
Anyway, LIARS, INC. [which also rules! :D] is a contemporary, realistic murder mystery. No one gets floated into space or stabbed in the chest with a spear. There is no mysterious flesh-eating acid fog…unfortunately. My main character is not quite as sexy as Bellamy or as swoony as first-season Finn. But still, Max is tough in his own way, Parvati is tough in practically every way, and LIARS has a lot of plot twists and complicated relationship dynamics. So basically LIARS, Inc. and The 100 are mostly different but somewhat the same! And therefore, let’s examine what would happen…
Max would be Lincoln. For some reason my brain spent like an hour going “Finn or Bellamy? Finn or Bellamy?” before remembering that there are other guys on The 100. Max isn’t smart enough to be Monty, awkward enough to be Jasper, or charismatic enough to be Bellamy. He’s not quite as nice as first-season Finn or as messed-up as second-season Finn. [Sorry Team Finn—you know it’s true.] But Lincoln and Max are both intense and stoic, often appearing emotionless when there’s a lot going on inside their heads. They’re both outcasts. They both have a strong moral compass and see things primarily as black or white. They both begin their story arcs unable to trust people and gradually learn to let down their guard. And then there’s one more reason Max and Lincoln should trade places, and that’s because…
Parvati would be Octavia. Remember when we first met Octavia and she was kind of pouty and self-destructive, making out with all kinds of guys instead of focusing on the more important things, like not dying? And now she is EVERYTHING and you don’t even care if Clarke and Lexa get eaten by a rabid gorilla because there would still be Octavia getting her warrior on with Indra and that is ALL that matters. [Or maybe that’s just me?] Parvati, well, she makes some bad choices. But as Max’s precarious position worsens, she really steps it up, utilizing things learned from her military dad and lawyer mom to help Max as he flees from FBI custody. Just like Octavia risks her life for Lincoln, Parvati uses her smarts and strength to save Max. Whether or not you like her at the end of the book, you’ll probably see her as a force to be reckoned with. [Note: Parvati might need her own book to ascend to Octavia-like levels of greatness, but that’s okay, right? You’d totally support a Parvati-POV companion novel, wouldn’t you? :D] //Aimee: I WOULD!//
Preston would be Wells: Wells was kind of messed-up in the head from being the son of an important politician. And then he died. So basically Wells and Preston, twins separated at birth. ;-) Moving on… Oh okay, maybe that needed a [Spoiler alert!] But come on—Wells dies in like Episode 4 or something. If you’re not even to that point yet, you’re way behind! Oh, and I almost made Preston into Bellamy, more because I was hoping Aimee might slap a Bellamy picture here than because they have anything in common. ;-) I do love me some Bellamy!
//Aimee: How’s this? ;)//
Amanda would be that little girl who kills Wells: I combed through the cast listing on IMDB trying to find her character name with no luck. You remember her, though. She looks all spunky and adorable but then she turns into a killer and everyone decides to blame Murphy for it. Max’s little sister, Amanda, is likewise completely adorable, but also a tad creepy. She’s eleven and spends most of her free time watching true crime shows on TV. She wants to be a forensic psychologist, or maybe a coroner, when she grows up. I like to mess around and tell people she’s the killer, which is why I decided to match her up with Wells’s killer. But Amanda isn’t reeeeeally a murderer. Probably not, anyway… but I’d still keep an eye on her.
Langston would be Marcus Kane. Senator DeWitt’s mysterious advisor Langston is hard to read, just like The 100’s Marcus Kane. At the beginning of their stories, both Langston and Kane appear to be little more than hired henchmen who do their bosses’ dirty work. But then as you get to know them better, their gruff exteriors fade a little and their layers begin to appear. You start to realize they’re probably decent guys. And then they mess up again and make you start wondering all over again.
Senator DeWitt would be the President of the Mountain Men: According to IMDB, the President’s name is Dante Wallace. Dante doesn’t get a lot of screen time (which is probably why I thought his official name was Mount Weather Old Dude), so it’s hard to know if he’ll ultimately turn out to be a good guy or a bad guy. The same goes for Senator DeWitt, who is talked about quite frequently in LIARS but off-screen for most of the book. Is Preston’s dad a good guy desperately trying to find his son? Or is he a soulless political type with a darker agenda? I guess you’ll have to read LIARS, INC. to find out for sure…
If you’re an obsessive fan of The 100, I hope this little comparison feature entices you to check out Liars, Inc. And if you’re not an obsessive fan of The 100, what the heck are you waiting for? Tough girls, hot guys, plot twists, and action galore. It’s one of the best things on TV!
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Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.