Where the Truth Lies

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On the surface, Emily Meckler leads the perfect life. She has three best friends, two loving parents, and the ideal setup at the Connecticut prep school where her father is the headmaster. Then the enigmatic Del Sugar enters her life, and Emily is immediately swept away-but her passionate relationship with Del is just the first of many things that aren't quite what they seem in Emily's life. As the lies she's been told start to unravel, Emily must set out to discover the truth, a journey that will lead her to ...

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Overview

On the surface, Emily Meckler leads the perfect life. She has three best friends, two loving parents, and the ideal setup at the Connecticut prep school where her father is the headmaster. Then the enigmatic Del Sugar enters her life, and Emily is immediately swept away-but her passionate relationship with Del is just the first of many things that aren't quite what they seem in Emily's life. As the lies she's been told start to unravel, Emily must set out to discover the truth, a journey that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Emily appears to have the perfect life. She boards at an elite high school where her father is the headmaster, her parents are supportive and loving, and she has many good friends. All of that changes when Emily meets the new boy on campus. Del Sugar is an exciting adolescent with a dark and mysterious past and he only has eyes for Emily. As the two fall in love, they increasingly take risks and the consequences are enormous. As Emily struggles with life altering decisions, dark secrets are unwittingly revealed. It seems that everyone has skeletons in their closet, even Emily and her family. Is keeping secrets a form of lying? What is the truth? Will revealing the truth bring needed closure or will it just bring more pain and anger? Emily tries to deal with these issues as she is forced to quickly grow up in this well-written coming of age story that will have readers anxiously turning the pages as they and Emily's discover the "skeletons in her closet." Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Gr 8–11—Although she suffers from nightmares about fire or water that make her feel as if she is going to die, Emily Meckler, 17, knows she's lucky. Unlike her friends' parents, Emily's are happy, still married, and obviously love their daughter. They attend therapy sessions with her, and Dr. Miller continues to suggest that something in Emily's childhood may be the cause of her night terrors. Emily's father is the headmaster at Stonybrook Academy in Connecticut, and the family has lives on its grounds, which Emily loves. What more could she ask for? Then supersmart bad boy Del Sugar, an adoptee who had lived in numerous foster homes, arrives, and he brings rebellion and truth into Emily's life, changing her forever. Emily's story is compelling. Over the course of the novel she has her first romance, with Del, and she becomes pregnant. And she discovers that her parents have hidden the truth of her past from her. The plot builds slowly and, for the most part, realistically. The main characters are well developed, and Emily's thought processes as she mourns the loss of her child are particularly insightful and touching. Secondary characters add depth to the story. This book will be popular with fans of Sarah Dessen and Lurlene McDaniel.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews

In this dramatic, unpredictable, romance-gone-awry companion novel to Breathless (2009), Warman only improves as she revisits the boarding-school scene. At the elite Stonybrook Academy in Connecticut, Emily Meckler routinely suffers inexplicable nightmares about fire and water, but compared to her classmates saddled with various neuroses and fighting, absent or strung-out parents, she considers herself lucky to have stable parents and her father as the headmaster. The high-school junior finds herself ready for a change, though, when sexy, mysterious Del Sugar transfers in and soon craves her attention. Despite everyone's warnings about Del's erratic behavior, Emily's once-normal life becomes a series of lies when she tries to hide her relationship and the pregnancy that ensues. As she confronts painful decisions that will affect her forever, the teen also faces newly discovered mysteries of her past, learns the complex nature of relationships, truth and family and finds the resiliency to look toward the future. Emily's unflinching, multilayered narration and realistic dialogue capture the wishes and fears that drive teens. A page-turner to the bittersweet ending. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802720788
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,444,653
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless, Where the Truth Lies, and Between, which have received six starred reviews among them. Between was published in a total of twelve countries around the world. Jessica has an MA in creative writing and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

www.jessicawarman.com

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Where the Truth Lies

    Where do I start? So much about this book made me angry and literally sigh in frustration. I can't even remember what about this book's description drew me into it enough to put it on my 'To Read' list in the first place. For starters, in the first part of the book (there are three) Emily meets Del--knows nothing about him!--and their first kiss is literally on page 60. Stupid, right? If you're like me, you believe in character development before anything changes. And really, readers learn little, if anything, about Del. Second thing: Emily gets herself pregnant by page 112. That's just stupid, in my opinion. Thus begins Part Two, which is just completely stupid and will probably make you want to slam your head into the wall, like it did me. Emily is so naive that she doesn't see signs of Del's drug use, they have protection-less sex, and she's just one of the most clueless characters I've ever been introduced to in a book. She was like...stupid beyond stupid. The entire 'summer' in the book spans one chapter. And in this summer, Emily "hides" her kid, gives birth to it, and puts it up for adoption. Yea, like someone's parents are going to let their daughter run off to New York with a girl who is, in my opinion, shady, and not even notice she's pregnant? How freaking unrealistic is that? Another thing, what was with the cuddling? Emily and her roommates are always cuddling, which is really weird. Okay, it's normal to cuddle with someone you're dating, but a roommate or best friend? Really sick, if you ask me. I also had a hard time figuring out why in the world Stephanie (Emily's BFF) was so...obsessed with her twin brother. It actually sickened me how weird this character was. The whole book made me want to...I don't know, rip it in half? And the only reason I really finished it, was so I could write a review that told what happened. So, obviously, I'm not suggesting this book to anyone. I have never read any of the author's other books, and really, I don't think I ever will. (Sorry for the hateful review...but if anything, I always speak my mind.)

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Okay??

    Because of the reviews on this book, i no longer have a need to read this book that looks absolutely amazimg. Soo... THANKS!!! (Sarcasm)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Reviews that tell too much...

    Okay, so I want too read this but people keep putting reviews that tell too much. It sucks when I don't even have to read the book, I can just read the reviews. I'd appreciate it if people can not tell so much. Thanks.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Highly Recommended! A must read for young women...or old!

    A touching story covering the issues that teens deal with, whether in a boarding school or not. Also issues that span decades...some things never change. Emily is unique but could also be any teenage girl in any school. Very easily identifiable. Loved the book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    She gets pregnant!!

    It was creepy how they always wanted to cuddle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Worst book I've ever read

    Don't waste your money. Listen to the reviews that tell you this is the worst book you could ever spend your money or time on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo

    WHERE THE TRUTH LIES - now that is the ultimate question that Emily Meckler will have to face by the end of the novel. From everyone else's perspective, Emily has the perfect life. She attends Stonybrook Academy, a prep school where her father is the headmaster. Unlike the other kids at the school, Emily has her parents right there when she needs them. Mandatory Sunday night dinners with her parents, but otherwise, the rest of the time she can be in her dorm with her friends. Emily shares the quad with her three best friends. They share two connected bedrooms. Life goes on as always until she meets the new boy, Del Sugar. It's unheard of for a new student to start mid term, but Del does. She learns from her father that he allowed Del in as a favor to an old friend. Almost immediately, Del starts to seek Emily out. The two become inseparable - and that's when life really becomes interesting for Emily. Emily's dad forbids her to see him anymore, alerting her that Del has issues of his own. But that is a sure-fire way to ensure that Emily sneaks around anyway. Soon, Emily finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, and Del gone. From this point in the novel, secrets and mysteries start to be revealed to the reader. The novel is divided into three distinct parts. It's not until the third part that the intensity really kicks in. Sadly, Emily's reactions and subsequent decisions surrounding her pregnancy almost play out as a side note to the story. I don't want to spoil anything, so I apologize for being vague. It isn't until Emily returns after a summer break that she starts to seriously delve into the truths that she's trying to uncover. Everything Emily has built her life around may be a lie. Only she can determine if it's something she can overcome, or has Del planted seeds of doubt that will destroy everything she knows and loves? This is the second novel I've read by Ms. Warman now, and it surely won't be the last. Her writing style is fluid and captivating from the very first page.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    GREAT, GREAT, GREAT BOOK!

    IM STILL READING IT BUT IM IN CHAPTER 10 SO IT REALLY DOESNT MATTER. THIS BOOK IS LIKE AMAZING! FROM HER ROMANCE WITH DEL TO HER NEW FRIENDSHIP WITH RENEE, TO HER FRIENDSHIPS WITH, STEPHANIE, FRANNY AND GRACE. YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK! I JUST STARTED READING THIS BOOK! I LOVED IT SO MUCH I READ 10 CHAPTERS IN ONE DAY! IM GOING TO READ MORE TOO! THERE IS SO MUCH YOU CANNOT MISS OUT ON IN THIS BOOK! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

    FOR AGES 12+

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    Sequenced plot with nail-biting anticipation!

    My Rating: 4.5

    Where The Truth Lies was a novel about friendship, family and detrimental secrets. These underlying lies had the capacity to spin an individual's life into a web of uncertainty and distrust. In presenting this concept, Jessica introduced a sequenced plot with nail-biting anticipation. Another well-executed aspect was the evolvement of main and secondary characters. The combination of personality qualities and flaws eased my character connection. Emily, daughter of her school's headmaster, was good-hearted by nature. Labeled as a "goody, goody" by her peers, Emily was an ordinary student who sought out love and attention from her friends and family. The friends within her circle were versatile and realistic. Each girl had her own problem that derived a minor story within this twisted world of unexpected events.

    I really loved Renee, it was a friendship that blossomed out of nowhere. Her non-judgmental aura was admirable and a crutch for Emily. However, not every person in this novel had a good effect on Emily. When Del Sugar transferred into her existence, a level of love and spontaneity blinded her choices. His shady exterior identified him as bad news. But, in the end everyone in this novel carried a deep flaw that induced individual growth and actions for better survival. Overall, I read this book in two sittings. The inclination of truth behind each background grabbed my heart strings and wouldn't let go. Jessica's style was also detailed yet simplistic at the same time. A type of effort that's natural in engrossing the reader from beginning to end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Awsome book

    Its a romance story with down to earth facts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Amazing

    I fell in love with this book the minute i started reading it. I recomend reading lauren warman's other books too!!!

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    I'm just going to start this review off with one simple sentence

    I'm just going to start this review off with one simple sentence--DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!
    I'm pretty sure CiciBear meant to give 1 star instead of 5, but whatever.
    Anyways, I completely agree with that reviewer. The book is so ridiculously stupid. The main character is so dumb, and turns away from everyone she loves just for a boy she barely knows. She has sex without protection (stupid) and how could she NOT know Del is on drugs when he REEKS of it? Part 2 is stupid, where she hides all the time with her friend over the summer and gives birth. Then part 3 where she pretends to love her former best friend's twin. Their love seems so fake, and of course Del comes back afterwards. I can't even explain how much I hated this book. If i could give zero stars, I would. DON'T READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Thxs 4 putting what happens in BOLDE letters

    Yeah umm i was looken at the reviews n sm1 metioned how ppl r putting what happens but i still looked n there it was..... so thxs 4 that ima b a big kid n say b careful at what u look at in the reviews buh bye:) p.s. it still snds good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    Amazinggggg!!!

    this was one of the best books ive ever read!!!!. ...u should definetly read Breathless by the same author 1st

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