Young Adult; Standalone
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years—do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum—the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out—and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
Sweetly charming and filled with the reality and harsh consequences of a family torn apart, Trusting You & Other Lies was not only romantic but heartwarming, too. Nicole Williams captured a seventeen-year-old girl’s mentality with skill, playing her feelings and reactions like a finely-tuned instrument. A summer of camp, stuck with her family, and the possibility of one boy who can get her to see what she’s been missing all along.
With a family suffering from lies, avoidance, lack of affection, and disconnect, and a summer camp as a last resort to finding harmony, Phoenix found herself not only walled off from her parents, but from her own instincts as well. She was a girl conflicted, torn between anger and love to the two people who should never fall below love. This book was about so much more than a summer romance between a girl and a boy, but about the deeply-woven relationships of family, the people you trust most, and the consequences of what happens when that trust has dissolved. It affected more than just each person individually, but in how they viewed or treated those around them; issues that both Phoenix and Callum shared due to their home lives. I loved that, in a world so unsure and rocky, these two like-minded souls found one another, learned from each other, and unearthed something within themselves from it.
Trusting You & Other Lies was a perfect, light summer read. I fell for Williams’ writing with her early Young Adult novels and I loved getting to experience it once again. The romance was sweet, comforting, and powerful in its effect. The familial relationships written about in this novel felt real and evocative, just as Phoenix as a main character did. Her growth and ability to change throughout the novel was inspiring to watch. It’s the kind of novel worth reading to experience a young woman finding what’s important about life and how the support of one unbiased person can help her find that inner strength.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.