To Be Perfectly Honest

Title: To Be Perfectly Honest
Author: Sonya Sones
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 496
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5

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…


To Be Perfectly Honest was a thoroughly enjoyable read from one of my favorite childhood authors. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies was probably the first novel I read written in verse, and I still think Ellen Hopkins has nothing on Sonya Sones. I’ve read and loved all Sones’ books, and To Be Perfectly Honest did not disappoint.

I love books with unreliable narrators, and Colette fits that description to a T. I had fun guessing when she was lying or not, and she definitely kept me on my toes throughout the story, all the way until the very last page. I felt like I’ve never read a character like Colette before, so Sones’ latest novel was truly a breath of fresh air for me.

I enjoyed everything about Colette’s messed-up life (no, I promise I’m not a sadist) from her insane lies to her adorable little brother, who was featured a lot more in this book than most younger siblings in YA. I felt Sonya Sones did an excellent job making Colette’s larger-than-life story believable and relateable. Even though Colette tells some outrageous lies, you can’t help but root for her and want the best for her.

To Be Perfectly Honest is a super fun read that you’ll rip through in no time despite the length. I hope other readers will fall in love with Colette’s funny, sarcastic voice as much as I did, and that Sonya Sones gets the hype for it that she deserves.