The sequel to TRUST ME, I’M LYING
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Ages: 12 and up
Synopsis: Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting a fellow classmate killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.
Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.
Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie.
“Quick-thinking grifter Julep Dupree, introduced in Trust Me, I’m Lying (2014), returns for a second round of high-stakes intrigue… The action moves as quickly and crisply as the dialogue, and the author nimbly juggles interconnected subplots, double crosses, and hidden identities. The plot advances more often through timely disclosures than by particularly clever investigating, but Julep isn’t a detective. She’s a grifter, and the fun here is watching her scheme and manipulate her way out of a sticky situation. Julep’s tender, sarcasm-laden relationship with her FBI-affiliated foster parents provides an emotional center—as does a potential romance with Dani, where Julep’s bisexuality (she had a male love interest in the previous volume) is, refreshingly, almost a complete nonissue. A clever romp that keeps readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“After taking down the Ukrainian Mob in Trust Me, I’m Lying (2014), Julep Dupree has been trying to lay low. She’s opened a PI agency with her new sidekick, Murphy, and is taking easy jobs until a woman shows up needing help on a case: her husband is in jail for embezzling money from a new company, the New World Initiative. She also gives Julep a hint about finding the Blue Fairy, which could be connected to Julep’s missing mother. Add in a contract on her life, and things just got more complicated. Though Julep claims to be one of Chicago’s best grifters, she has trouble spotting manipulative tendencies in others, which drives the novel’s intrigue as characters try to out-con one another. The supporting cast of characters adds additional humor and depth, and Julep’s relationship with her foster parents (and growing crush on her bodyguard) adds heart. Although most of the mysteries are resolved, lingering questions leave things open for book number three.” —Booklist
“Summer has written another briskly moving plot with plenty of action and hair-raising near-death experiences. The plot succeeds in grabbing the reader’s attention and holding onto it… Julep is a spunky, quick-thinking, likable character with many flaws…[who] struggles with identity, trust, and romance in a way that many teens may find relatable.” —VOYA Magazine
“A riveting sequel that stands on its own, Mary Elizabeth Summer’s Trust Me, I’m Trouble is as much about growing up as it is about heists and secrets. An irresistible mix of intrigue, high stakes, and self-discovery.” —Lee Kelly, author of City of Savages
“I would trust Julep Dupree with my life, Dani Ivanov with my heart—and Mary Elizabeth Summer with my every late night can’t-stop-reading session. An intelligent, fierce heroine of strength and loyal heart who refuses to suffer fools lightly? Yes, please.”—Jennifer Longo, author of Six Feet Over It
“Mary Elizabeth Summer has a rare gift for thrillers with great twists and great heart. Her writing will make your own heart pound and then break—in the best possible way.”—Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice and What We Saw