Published by Crown on 06/20/2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
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?
I requested to review Trusting You and Other Lies for one reason and one reason only: Nicole Williams wrote it. I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t pay attention to the genre, I didn’t even notice much about the cover beyond seeing her name on it. Then my request was granted and I had a minor freak out. I noticed the characters on the cover looked kind of young, so with a small sense of dread I read the synopsis. And then I realized I might have made a mistake, because as I suspected, this book is Young Adult.
Let me be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with YA. For some reason, in my mind it just has this stigma that has me turning my nose up at it most of the time. The main characters are in high school? I can’t relate to that level of immaturity. I don’t have patience to read about their insignificant problems and drama! Yeah, my inner voice is kind of a snob sometimes. Also, it’s wrong. I can’t think of one example of a YA book that I didn’t like. Including this one.
Not only did I not dislike this book, I loved it. Something I always seem to forget about YA is that the love part of the story is so pure. I really liked Phoenix and Callum and enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. Phoenix had a lot of personal growth that I was happy to see. The way she felt towards her parents as a teenager was such a familiar feeling. I remember thinking my mom was ruining my life because she was evil (obviously), but of course I learned that everything she did was because she loved me, was trying to protect me, and if she wasn’t there it was because she was busting her rear to take care of us. I was proud to see Phoenix grow up as much as she did over the course of the summer and realize that parents make mistakes because they’re human too but it’s not because they don’t love you.
I also really loved the relationship that Phoenix had with her younger brother, Harry. They looked out for each other and I loved that even though she was significantly older, she wasn’t ashamed of loving him or too cool to spend time with him. He was a totally loveable part of the story who taught Phoenix a lot.
But what I really loved most of all was Phoenix and Callum. The slow, sweet way they fell in love with the backdrop of summer camp was everything. Everyone remembers what teenage love feels like and Nicole Williams did a fantastic job reminding me. Her writing is superb. It’s funny and witty and sweet and nostalgic and a ton of other wonderful things that I could go on and on about. I highly recommend this book, especially for the summer. And if my review has taught you anything, let it be that you don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy it.