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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (19 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634501845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634501842
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,777,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A twisty, addictive story brimming with hilarious characters, prom drama, and, yes, heart."--Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
"Poignant and hilarious in turns, Liars and Losers Like Us is a deeply real portrait of the high school landscape. Allen-Vath shows us that you can't believe everything you see when it comes to other people."--Liz Czukas, author of Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
"Liars and Losers Like Us is a story of secrecy, pain, and, self-awareness artfully wrapped in snort-laugh-out-loud humor and heart-melting romance, as the best and truest adolescent tales are. Bree Hughes is a YA heroine to remember."--Dahlia Adler, author of Just Visiting
"Liars and Losers Like Us tackles all the hard things, like Bree's struggle with panic attacks, while delivering prom shenanigans and a swoon-worthy romance. You should read this book for the Bree-Sean banter alone."
-Rachael Allen, author of The Revenge Playbook and 17 First Kisses
"Witty, heartbreaking, and extremely thoughtful, Liars and Losers Like Us will take you on a roller coaster ride to prom that will leave you breathless and wanting more."-Natasha Sinel, award-winning author of The Fix
"Liars and Losers Like Us is an honest and poignant look at first love, bullying, and the tempestuous tides of high school popularity. Bree's struggles with anxiety and her true-to-life love-hate relationship with being in the limelight had me rooting for her from page one, and Ami Allen-Vath's careful handling of the subject matter results in a story where winning doesn't mean getting a crown; it means developing compassion and understanding for the people around you."-Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up
"Drama, wit, and romance make Liars and Losers Like Us a thoroughly compelling read, with a strong undercurrent of compassion for those with hidden pain."-Rachel Wilson, author of Don't Touch
"Quirky and sometimes awkward, Bree Hughes is a realistic character that will have you laughing out loud even while you're contemplating the way you treat people. With fast pacing and a unique cast of characters, Liars and Losers Like Us will inspire you to make the most of every moment you have."-Sarah Schmitt, author of It's a Wonderful Death
"While the final scenes of the novel are reminiscent of a John Hughes' movie, complete with the perfect kiss after prom, this novel embraces heavier things as well and is certain to appeal to readers who want to see justice served and love trump hate. Pair with Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), by Jay Asher, and Prom (2005), by Laurie Halse Anderson, for readers' advisory recommendations." --Booklist
"This is an engaging read for anyone who enjoys stories of high school drama and popularity, coupled with the sometimes painful, anxious ride of adolescence. The author writes this story with bits and pieces of her own experience as a survivor of abuse, encouraging teens to stand up for the truth. VERDICT A relatable supplemental purchase." -School Library Journal

About the Author

Ami Allen-Vath was born and raised in Minnesota and has a background in theater and sales. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. She loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Ami writes and lives along the New Jersey shore with her husband, two children, and a dog called Yoda.

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Liars and Losers Like Us is a book I wanted to read because the premise sounded like it addressed a lot of important topics. Topics like depression, suicide, popularity and other issues teenagers have to face in a single book. And while all that is going on as well, there’s a massive fuss about prom. I was a little nervous because I wondered how this book was possibly going to cram all of that into its pages, but somehow it managed it, and managed it perfectly.

At the beginning of the book, I did struggle quite a lot. The main character isn’t exactly a nice person. Bree can be mean, and really annoying sometimes. But that’s the way it is supposed to be. The point is that just like everyone else, even the popular people can be cruel and hurt and have emotions too. Even though there were times when I didn’t like her (which I struggled with at the beginning) in time I also came to really like her, and she develops into a better person as well. I was worried I was going to be the black sheep here but if you find her character trying, I think it’s worth pushing through this one.

But as well as knowing that Bree is mean, there are other mean girls in this novel, and mean guys too. But for every time a character is mean, Allen-Vath also then goes to show us why and we can’t help but feel for these characters over. The truth is, things are tough all over and people are just trying to get by. Maybe we don’t all agree with the means by which they do that. But that’s for you to make up your mind about as you read.

Divorce is a big theme in this book because Bree’s parents break up.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The stage is set. The players cast. Get ready for a prom night to remember… 23 Mar. 2016
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The stage is set. The players cast. Get ready for a prom night to remember…

Light and dark. Quirky and dramatic. Poignant and whimsical. Snarky and serious. Ami Allen-Vath’s YA debut perfectly nailed all the elements of good storytelling with the deftness and virtuosity of a Chinese plate-spinning acrobat.

Losers and Liars Like Us is about the backstage shenanigans, drama, scandal, unexpected romances, and anxiety leading up to senior prom--all told through the sassy voice of Bree Hughes, one of the most delightful and vivid voices to hit the YA contemporary scene in a long time.

The experience of this book reminds me of the bustling backstage activity of a theater right before the curtains go up. There are personal heartbreaks, unforeseen disasters, drama queens, underdogs, and misfits...
Everything happens at a breakneck pace and then all the elements converge in one glittering event that can only be summed up as PROM.

Not since Say Anything’s boom box scene has a book done more for modern courtship than Sean Mills’ parking lot serenade.

Not since Gossip Girl has more juicy dramarama gone down in a lake house.

And not since Laurie Halse Anderson’s PROM have I found a debut more worthy of the crown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 3 April 2016
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I loved this book. From the first pages until the very end, I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen. And I LOVE Sean!! Bree and Sean are the cutest couple and I just adored their conversations and their whole relationship. There's humor and love and a bigger story going on that's affecting everyone and it keeps you reading to find out what's going to happen next. This larger story really moved me too, I wasn't expecting the reaction I would have. I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down, it's been a while since this has happened to me with a book and I love the feeling of being captured into a story like this! I definitely recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance and an honest look at mental health 24 May 2016
By Renata Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book in an afternoon, sitting outside in the sun, which is probably the best place to read it. I’m half convinced Ami Allen-Vath is a teenager in disguise. Her portrayal of Bree, the main character, was pretty much me in high school, at least in my own head. (Bree is actually much cooler than I was.) The romance involved was sweet and naturally awkward, with enough of those “omgwhatdoisay” and “whydidijustsaythatomg” moments to bring anyone back to first crushes and first loves.

The description of mental illness in the book was spot-on, and I say that with almost 10 years of working with families and teens in therapy under my belt. I appreciated how Allen-Vath treated mental illness, unflinchingly and realistically, but also as a normal part of the human experience, whether that experience is personal or through a friend or family member. Above all I loved the message that while things can go bad, there can be a light, life does go on, and we’re all in charge of our own choices.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By the second chapter I was hooked and sucked in to the diverse personalities of the characters 22 Mar. 2016
By Jeanne C. Rapoza - Published on Amazon.com
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By the second chapter I was hooked and sucked in to the diverse personalities of the characters. Laughing, crying and most of all routing for....(don't want to spoil it). It was an easy read and kept me wanting more. My problem was I couldn't read quick enough because I was dying to find out what happens!!! Great job looking forward to your next book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 27 Mar. 2016
By James W Hines Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing in one day. Ami Allen-Vath is an amazing storyteller. This is not a cheesy teenage romance story but more of a real life look at high school from a teenage girls eyes.
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