Liars and Losers Like Us

Liars and Losers Like Us

by Ami Allen-Vath

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ISBN-13: 9781634501842
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I don't know if the author did it on purpose as an homage to the world's greatest writer/director, but the fact that main character Bree's last name is Hughes is too awesome for words. Secondly, I'm pretty sure Allen-Vath snuck into my room and read my high school journals. Her depiction of daily life as an anxiety suffering teenage girl is spot on. The tangled miscommunication of friendships, the self-doubt that swirls around a crushes and first loves, the desire to make things right despite an increasing pressure to fit in and make your mark - it's all there. This book has all the ingredients of a classic John Hughes film: a quirky and loveable main character, a well developed supporting cast, and an underlying theme that makes you look long and hard at the way we treat each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's almost like this book was written about *my* high school--the drama, the power plays, and the way girls play with each other's emotions. It's a quirky story, which spoke to my Juno-loving-heart. Bree Hughes is, most importantly, an authentic YA heroine. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
mkreads79 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US this morning. I'd been reading it on the subway and had to finish the last 10 pages when I got to work. I needed to keep myself from crying at the end. Vath's novel demonstrates the power of storytelling (I can't say too much more, since I don't want to spoil anything.) The book is compassionate in the way every character has their own struggles and hang-ups. I'm not going to frame the book as a "YA novel" (the way people might say "it's very well-written.....for a YA novel."), except to say that I'm glad young readers will be reading it and get exposed to the ideas put forward. (And who are we kidding -- there are also a lot of "grown-ups" reading YA -- and a lot of them could benefit from this book, too.) The character voices are distinct from each other. I also like how funny it is. The book is full of details that make the world feel so real and lived-in. Which makes the drama that much more dramatic.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Love. Love. Love. Love this book. It completely surprised me. The story and the characters just feel real. No parts left me saying “yeah, okay, that would never happen in high school”. That authenticity really helped support the message (I got) from this story. Lets put it this way: This is the first book that has made me cry in a very, very long time. I would recommend this book to everyone. Although, it does touch on some very sensitive topics such as sex, sexual abuse, and suicide. So, if that is something that may bother you, proceed with caution.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Nori of ReadWriteLove28 and the Sunday Street Team for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Going into this novel I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It wasn’t the novel’s fault, I’ve just been reading a lot of high school contemporary novels lately and it isn’t exactly what I reach for first. However, I found myself really enjoying Liars and Losers Like Us, so much so that I finished it in a day. I haven’t been able to do this in a while. The story was refreshing to me. Sure it was about high school and prom, but the way it was written was simple and sweet. The romance wasn’t overplayed but it was enough to melt my heart and give me those cute little butterflies girls get when they have a crush. The characters felt realistic to me. They didn’t feel overplayed and overdone like some contemporary high school age characters can feel sometimes. I loved Bree’s sense of humor. The fact that she struggled with anxiety really hit home because that is a huge issue in my life and something that I am currently feeling as I write this review even though there is no reason for me to be feeling it. I really appreciated the diversity shown in this book. I mean, hello, the main character is Mexican-American! This is something that is very rarely seen and something that I really appreciated because I’m Mexican-American even though I don’t look it and no one ever believes me when I tell them. I also appreciated the mental illness awareness (anxiety) and the diversity in sexuality. These issues are another thing that I think YA novels. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more works from Ami Allen-Vath.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Sunday Street Team read. I received a copy from Edelweiss to review, and ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. So the characters…Bree was a pretty good main character overall. I wasn't sure about Sean, but he was okay. I'm not sure he's a book boyfriend though. The relationship Bree had with her mom seemed realistic for the most part, except some lack of parental concern. But I liked that it was overall pretty positive. Jane's a character I loved to hate, but I liked that she had sides to her personality that were slowly revealed the more you kept reading. I liked the fact that the main character, Bree, was diverse. That got major pluses in my book. But it took a while to find that out, and it was kind of just thrown in there haphazardly. Overall, I liked the book a lot. I just didn’t love it wholeheartedly, but I’d definitely recommend it if someone wants a (mostly) cute contemporary read. I was surprised by some things that didn't happen in the book, because I had a feeling that something bad besides Maisey’s suicide was going to happen, while reading most of the book. But I did guess why Maisey did what she did. The ending felt a little rushed to me, but it covered the necessities, and didn’t really leave me demanding more. The author's note was amazing, and emotional. I love that more authors are focusing on tough issues, because these things need to be discussed. Final note: Overall, a pretty good book. I’d recommend it to contemporary fans, or anyone that likes books that focus on tough topics.