Title: Two Lies and a Spy
Author: Kat Carlton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 9/3/2013
Length: 320 pages
Series?: Standalone? For now?
Genre: YA Spy Novel
Source: E-ARC from Edelweiss
I think this is my first official DNF (did not finish) review of a book. Since I gave up around page 100, this will be short and sweet.
Two Lies and Spy had potential. I like spy books. I like female protagonists and prep schools. It seemed to have all the elements of a good, quick read. I wasn’t expecting literary fiction or anything. But I got to a point where reading it felts like a chore and I realized I have so many other exciting books waiting on my Kindle.
Where does it fail? Well, for starters the basic premise is a bit of a stretch. Kari’s parents are spies, but are in trouble. Kari and her brother must hide out while hatching a plan to rescue her them. I found it a bit unbelievable that a sixteen-year-old minor would be placed in such a situation.
More than that, though, I was irritated by the author’s blatant attempts at forcing a love triangle. Kari has a crush on the cute, irritatingly perfect Luke. But then she’s got to have a guy who drives her crazy…so, obviously, she’s got to fall in love with him, too. Who would even be worrying about stupid boys when her parents are in distress? Geeze. The love triangle and the basic premise were just too contrived, so I moved on to something more interesting instead. I gave myself permission to give up.
FINAL GRADE: 0
POTENTIAL FANS: Potential fans would be readers of The Gallagher Girls and the Alex Rider series.
LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION: Even though I didn’t care for the book, middle school students may still find it fun. If you can get it cheap, go ahead and buy it for a middle school library.