Book Review: The Convenience of Lies by: Kimberly Castillo

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: “It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?"

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a "bad boy," Ramon and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters' property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.

Review: THE CONVENIENCE OF LIES is a deceptively simple book containing a deep message. Some of the things are a little dated, like IMing on AOL and answering machines. Mackenzie is a junior in high-school, best friends with Kira and she’s an all-around good girl. Her crush is Ramon, but not everyone likes him – especially not Kira. When the high schooler’s stuff starts to get vandalized, Mackenzie and Kira are determined to figure out who is behind it. Ramon knows more than he’s saying, but he doesn’t want to tell Mackenzie if she’s going to talk to Kira about it. This leads to tension, splits, and disagreements. THE CONVENIENCE OF LIES is a difficult book to get through because none of the characters are very sympathetic – until the end. Mackenzie’s very insecure, painfully so, and she’s willing to do anything to keep her friends happy. Unfortunately, this creates a situation where anyone can take advantage and not everyone has Mackenzie’s best interests at heart. THE CONVENIENCE OF LIES will not appeal to all readers, but the message it conveys is an important one for everyone.

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