Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: The Convenience of Lies by Kimberly Castillo

“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.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review*

Overall I liked this book a lot. I think it brings the reader so closely inside the mind of the character you almost become lost in the chaos around her as well. I loved how Kimberly was able to write the characters thoughts and ways of speaking, it really reminded me of a teenager. So many times you read a book about teenagers but they sound like adults. No so with this book, their worries about what others think, how they look and are perceived are all there. 

I liked Mackenzie and wanted her to see what the others around her saw, but her infatuation with Ramon lead her down a bad path, which is sad. This book is a great example of how easy it is to become involved with someone who is abusive. Mackenzie didn't realize it until it was too late and had lost all her friends in the process. This story is a grave warning to teen girls and women of all ages to help bring awareness of how easy it is to fall prey to someone. 

Trust your friends. As someone who has gone through similar things as Mackenzie, I don't think I could write out how the process of getting involved with someone who is abusive is as well as Kimberly has. It can happen to anyone and if your friends and family are telling you something it's best to listen to them, even though its hard.