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To Be Honest [Kindle Edition]

Polly Young
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Product Description

Product Description

Fifteen year old Lisi Reynolds likes to fib. Just little ones. What’s wrong with that? Everyone lies, don’t they?

With best friend Josh’s traumatic love life, a shopping-addicted mother and Chad Swanning oblivious to her existence, how else is Lisi supposed to survive, if not with a little truth-stretching?

But when a rare mammatus cloud over the Globe puts Lisi in her delectable English teacher Miss Mint’s shoes, living the ultimate lie proves irresistible.

There’s just one catch: Miss Mint wants her life back.

And she won’t get it until Lisi starts telling the truth.

But with a cool house, hunky fiancé and the chance to confront bully Alicia and win Chad's heart, why would Lisi give it all up, to be honest?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autharium (11 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099NYLFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I am a writer of romantic comedy and young adult titles and have also:
- eight years' communications experience for international pharmaceutical companies, innocent drinks and charities
- made my own wedding dress
- a 2:1 in English Lit. and PGCE
- been a secondary school English teacher for two years
- made and sold leather bags for a year at the London College of Fashion
- lived and volunteered in Madagascar teaching, building and planting trees
- run three marathons
- lived in London for seven years and outside it for twenty seven
- an amazing American husband
- an amazing chocolate Labrador

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4.0 out of 5 stars A well deserved 4 stars 10 Nov 2012
By Sheli
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book to review by the author and really liked the blurb for the book.

The book follows the main character Lisi and the trials and tribulations she suffers as a teenager. She has an unhealthy obsession with her English teacher, Miss Mint, as she thinks that she is perfect and aspires to be exactly like her. After a freak weather event, Lisi find out exactly what it is like to be Miss Mint!

I found the very beginning of the book a little slow, partly because I find it a little difficult to identify with teenagers who live a different life to my teenage years. I liked Lisi, although she could be irritating sometimes. I think that the writing has captured her teenage naivety and blinkered approach to other people's feelings particularly well. Once the twist in the book happened and Lisi and Miss Mint swapped lives I couldn't put the book down!

The book dealt with some hard issues like eating disorders, friendship and money worries very well in a light hearted way, but without being insensitive. I also liked the way that the reader found out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and that appearances can be deceptive.

The voice of the book is very modern with popular culture references, but it is done very well without being annoying or overdoing the references.

I would read more from this author and would give this book a well deserved 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 7 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book because it was about things that some people just don't think about, such as lying. I got into the plot straight away, and finished it in two days! Brilliant book that uses great language that I could very easily relate to. Lots of sentences that used ands and no full stops to convey the frantic mind of Lisi across. I was recommended it by a friend and the author on Goodreads and I am so glad they did! Amazing!:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, to be honest. 17 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An engaging and fun read, To Be Honest sets aside young adult literature with a twist into the admiration of our elders. It cleverly takes the reader through the trials and tribulations of teenage life, without trying to evoke too much emotion. The author has adapted her language well to her target audience and demonstrates that the problems faced by teenagers aren't that different to those faced by adults. To Be Honest had me gripped from start to finish, it was amusing, witty and a refreshing change from other books out there in this genre. I will definitely be looking out for this author in the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 19 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really loved reading 'To be honest'. In fact (to be honest), I could not put it down! Gripping from the start, To be Honest tackles some pretty big issues -eating disorders, sexuality, divorce... But does so in a very readable and down to earth way. A fun and fast paced story of teenage life. With very funny and accurate descriptions of what it is like to teach teenagers. I would thoroughly recommend this book to any teachers, teenagers (or, in fact, anyone who has ever been a teenager!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans of contemporary YA 17 July 2013
By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

This was such a cute story! To Be Honest was a fun, fast read. It's set in London, which added to the enjoyment for me. The book is narrated in Lisi's point of view, and contains a lot of British slang---which I found so endearing. Really, for me (a Texan) to read about high-school students in London saying "jolly good" was a fun diversion from my usual reads.

From the summary, I thought To Be Honest was going to be about telling the truth, and it was, but the neat part was that it was sort of a Freaky Friday experience: Lisi and her English teacher Miss Mint actually switch identities during a storm. I always loved that movie where the daughter ends up in her mom's body and vice versa (what was it called again?) and so to read a book with the same type of situation was really enjoyable and took me back to my teenage years.

But there was a lot more to To Be Honest than I initially expected. The book covers eating disorders, with a great treatment of this sensitive issue. The love stories were sweet and really well-done. I loved the character growth and how all of the characters start living more open and truthful lives by the end of the story.

I really enjoyed To Be Honest. I'd recommend it to fans of contemporary YA. I would definitely read more from P.J. Young!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, youthful tale 12 Oct 2012
By Sara Palacios - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
To Be Honest by Polly Young follows fifteen year old Lisi Reynolds. Like most teenagers, life can never be perfect. Her best friend Josh has a tumultuous love life, her mother is a shop-a-holic and the love of her life, the uber hot and swoon-worthy Chad, doesn't even know she exists ... so she takes matters into her own hands and begins to fib. Albeit small, they are still fibs. So, what's wrong with that? Well, that all changes when a rare moment presents itself and she finds herself living in another's shoes. Life seems cool and better than she ever imagined in Miss Mint's shoes. But Miss Mint doesn't feel the same way, and in order for life to return back to normal, Lisi must stop fibbing. Why would she ever do that when things seem all too perfect for her? Will anything ever make her change her mind? Only time will tell?

To Be Honest by Polly Young is a fun, youthful take a familiar story that is too much fun to resist. Polly does a fabulous job at creating a troubled (or she thinks, what youth doesn't seem to be traumatized at fifteen?) and giving her the opportunity of a lifetime to swap places. I really enjoyed this story and found myself pulled in within the first couple of pages. I loved Lisi early on and found her story, and her dilemma, quite charming and wondered what I would have done if I had been presented with a similar situation at fifteen. Fortunately for everyone involved, I've never been given that chance, but this one is definitely an enchanting story and I absolutely adored the ending. I think you will too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute read 4 Dec 2012
By Jalyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Brief summary
Lisi wants to be just like her teacher Miss Mint. She loves everything about her. Then one day during a weird storm, Lisi and Miss Mint are suddenly in each other's bodies and they only have 12 days to figure out how to switch back.

What I liked
Lisi's was an interesting character and I liked the idea behind this book. Can you imagine suddenly being in someone else's body? I like how mature Lisi became when she was in Miss Mint's body and how she realized that it's not easy to be an adult.

What I didn't like
It took me a while to get used to the language. Lisi didn't really lie all that much, especially in the beginning so I felt like the synopsis shouldn't include that, just the part about her not lying to get her body back. I wish things would have been resolved a little better with Josh. That was tied up a little to easily and the ending of the book was kind of abrupt.

Brief thoughts
I had a hard time with this book at first, mostly because I'm American so some of the English terms were lost on me, but once I got past that I actually thought this book was cute.
4.0 out of 5 stars A well deserved 4 stars 10 Nov 2012
By Sheli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book to review by the author and really liked the blurb for the book.

The book follows the main character Lisi and the trials and tribulations she suffers as a teenager. She has an unhealthy obsession with her English teacher, Miss Mint, as she thinks that she is perfect and aspires to be exactly like her. After a freak weather event, Lisi find out exactly what it is like to be Miss Mint!

I found the very beginning of the book a little slow, partly because I find it a little difficult to identify with teenagers who live a different life to my teenage years. I liked Lisi, although she could be irritating sometimes. I think that the writing has captured her teenage naivety and blinkered approach to other people's feelings particularly well. Once the twist in the book happened and Lisi and Miss Mint swapped lives I couldn't put the book down!

The book dealt with some hard issues like eating disorders, friendship and money worries very well in a light hearted way, but without being insensitive. I also liked the way that the reader found out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and that appearances can be deceptive.

The voice of the book is very modern with popular culture references, but it is done very well without being annoying or overdoing the references.

I would read more from this author and would give this book a well deserved 4 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars British and American Slang... OHH EMM GEE. 31 Oct 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While reading the first part of this book I was very confused by the slang I encountered and I am hoping that it is because it is British slang and not because I am so old and out of touch with teenagers.

Once the switch occurred the story took me away. There is a number of characters with different problems(real, everyday problems) that add to the story. I enjoyed each character discovering themselves or for the teenagers, becoming themselves.

It is no wonder that Lisi thinks that fibbing is ok. The people she most admires, her mother and her teacher are hiding things and lying about them. Also on that note, for things to get back to normal for the characters, they need to stop lying but, in my opinion, they are lying by living each others lives. I appreciate that it is a story with a happy ending and all must come out right in the end but I find that it is lying if you show teaching credentials as your own but that it is ok to act as that teacher a little wishy washy.

All in all, enjoyed the story and am grateful for the free copy I received in order to review it. This was a quick read with a lot to it. I did enjoy it and give it a very nice 4 stars.
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