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A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a charismatic, sociopathic valedictorian . . . and the only girl brave enough to try to bring him down. Bitter. Angry. Paranoid. It doesn’t matter how you label Viveca North. Her focus is on academic excellence, not popularity. She’s always tried her best to be perfect, and now that she’s a senior, it’s time for all her hard work to A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a charismatic, sociopathic valedictorian . . . and the only girl brave enough to try to bring him down. Bitter. Angry. Paranoid. It doesn’t matter how you label Viveca North. Her focus is on academic excellence, not popularity. She’s always tried her best to be perfect, and now that she’s a senior, it’s time for all her hard work to pay off. The early-morning runs. The constant studying. The peer tutoring. It will all be worth it when she’s named valedictorian and finally granted admission to her dream school, the elite Everett College. Too bad Jamison Sharpe is trying to steal it from her…. Or is he? Jamison doesn’t need to try to be perfect. Everything seems to come so easily to him. He’s charming, funny, and has the ability to make anyone feel special. He has his pick of glowing college recommendations and his grades are flawless. Obviously Viveca is just jealous, right? Viveca knows something is off about Jamison. But as she investigates his past, she seems to find a web of lies and deceit that she struggles even to fathom. The further she goes in her quest for the truth, the more impossible her own dreams become. Will Viveca be able to take down her school’s golden boy and reveal him as a fraud? Or will she—and what she believes—be silenced by labels? In this twisty, suspenseful thriller Adi Rule weaves the unforgettable story of a girl who won’t back down from what she knows she deserves.


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A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a charismatic, sociopathic valedictorian . . . and the only girl brave enough to try to bring him down. Bitter. Angry. Paranoid. It doesn’t matter how you label Viveca North. Her focus is on academic excellence, not popularity. She’s always tried her best to be perfect, and now that she’s a senior, it’s time for all her hard work to A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a charismatic, sociopathic valedictorian . . . and the only girl brave enough to try to bring him down. Bitter. Angry. Paranoid. It doesn’t matter how you label Viveca North. Her focus is on academic excellence, not popularity. She’s always tried her best to be perfect, and now that she’s a senior, it’s time for all her hard work to pay off. The early-morning runs. The constant studying. The peer tutoring. It will all be worth it when she’s named valedictorian and finally granted admission to her dream school, the elite Everett College. Too bad Jamison Sharpe is trying to steal it from her…. Or is he? Jamison doesn’t need to try to be perfect. Everything seems to come so easily to him. He’s charming, funny, and has the ability to make anyone feel special. He has his pick of glowing college recommendations and his grades are flawless. Obviously Viveca is just jealous, right? Viveca knows something is off about Jamison. But as she investigates his past, she seems to find a web of lies and deceit that she struggles even to fathom. The further she goes in her quest for the truth, the more impossible her own dreams become. Will Viveca be able to take down her school’s golden boy and reveal him as a fraud? Or will she—and what she believes—be silenced by labels? In this twisty, suspenseful thriller Adi Rule weaves the unforgettable story of a girl who won’t back down from what she knows she deserves.

30 review for Why Would I Lie?

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    y'all this one sounds GOOD y'all this one sounds GOOD

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Pre-read/review thoughts (2/19/22): Solely reading this book because Jamison sounds a lot like my high school class's valedictorian- perfect grades on paper but has a very arrogant personality and is rude to people he deems to be not on the same level of intelligence as him- so I'll be vicariously living through Viveca North in this book when she gets to take him down hehe. Pre-read/review thoughts (2/19/22): Solely reading this book because Jamison sounds a lot like my high school class's valedictorian- perfect grades on paper but has a very arrogant personality and is rude to people he deems to be not on the same level of intelligence as him- so I'll be vicariously living through Viveca North in this book when she gets to take him down hehe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    sher

    basically academic rivals but one is a sociopath... yep yep im reading this

  4. 5 out of 5

    ash

    i liked this a lot, for the most part, but i think the ending was a bit abrupt and it would have been nice to see the entirety of how everything turned out at the end. even though the ending was a bit weak, it wasn't bad enough to ruin the entire book for me and overall i really enjoyed it. i liked this a lot, for the most part, but i think the ending was a bit abrupt and it would have been nice to see the entirety of how everything turned out at the end. even though the ending was a bit weak, it wasn't bad enough to ruin the entire book for me and overall i really enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Why Would I Lie? does not come across as a thriller. The novel primarily focuses on Viveca’s paranoia and readers never gain sympathy enough for her point of view to find any of her claims suspenseful. The plot was a dull circle of Jamison achieving/claiming something and Viveca crying foul. The resolution also fell flat, with it being revealed that Jamison was, in fact, an imposter. This doesn’t come off as surprising, and he is never villainous enough to make him nearly getting away with his Why Would I Lie? does not come across as a thriller. The novel primarily focuses on Viveca’s paranoia and readers never gain sympathy enough for her point of view to find any of her claims suspenseful. The plot was a dull circle of Jamison achieving/claiming something and Viveca crying foul. The resolution also fell flat, with it being revealed that Jamison was, in fact, an imposter. This doesn’t come off as surprising, and he is never villainous enough to make him nearly getting away with his lies as that big of a deal. I found myself hoping throughout the book that Viveca’s chronic paranoia would be proved empty at the end. She alludes to needing to go to therapy after intense stress and perfectionism in 8th grade pushed her to outlandish accusations against everyone. These accusations somehow ruined her victim’s school experience and forced the victim to change schools (though it doesn’t add up as to why that would be the case). While I feel a more detailed flashback would have enriched the story, this at least told the significant impact negative thinking has had on Viveca’s life and the life of those around her. One of the streaks of gold throughout this book were Viveca’s use of cognitive behavioral therapy to challenge her intrusive paranoia, though this is not labeled explicitly. This could have been a novel about mental healing and growth when battling severe anxiety and paranoia. After I realized a couple of chapters in this was not a thriller, I was truly hoping healing/romance/recovery was the direction the book would take. I wanted Viveca and Jamison to develop a relationship and for Viveca to let go of her perfectionism. Instead, aside from some brief throwaway paragraphs near the end, Viveca’s paranoia and jumps of logic are validated when it’s revealed Jamison has been cheating on tests and manipulating crowds’ attention. But, to be honest, I just didn’t care at the end. As a final aside, Viveca’s father being a chronic liar was also a potential gold mine, but it was left untapped. I am unsure if his inability to tell the truth is an accurate representation of that struggle, but I appreciated that the book addressed living and caring for a parent that frustrates you. I feel like this could have been explored more, but it is always a brief discussion that never bears much fruit. My middle-school students have also expressed the book is “a little boring” and not their favorite. I will probably swap this book out of my classroom library since this wasn’t what we were looking for.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ChesLea

    what a spoiled focking furry you are, ViViCa And Jamison, fock off. I want to murder you and your family that you lied about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitie

    I thought the premise of this book sounded interesting, but it wasn't interesting, it was just bad on all levels. I didn't like the main character Viveca (what kind of name is that anyway?) who seemingly had NO personality other than wanting to be valedictorian and getting into college. Her home life seemed stressful, but I wanted more of this plotline. What was the real reason her dad lied on the financial aid forms (other than to impress his girlfriend)? There was no confrontation of this--unl I thought the premise of this book sounded interesting, but it wasn't interesting, it was just bad on all levels. I didn't like the main character Viveca (what kind of name is that anyway?) who seemingly had NO personality other than wanting to be valedictorian and getting into college. Her home life seemed stressful, but I wanted more of this plotline. What was the real reason her dad lied on the financial aid forms (other than to impress his girlfriend)? There was no confrontation of this--unless I missed it through my skimming. At one point her friend points out that isn't really invested in the major she's chosen and Viveca's response is that it's "her best class." WTF!!!!!???? I also couldn't deal with her weird obsession with the new kid, Jamison. Yes, he was weird and was lying about stuff, but is it that easy to get into student records so fast? They aren't easy to access....everything about this book was wrong to me. Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean you should ruin their life. That's the message here, I think. But to me, this wasn't really a mystery, it was just about a girl who needed some help. I just couldn't get into it, thankfully I got it out of the library. This should've been a lot better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    I found this really entertaining, refreshing, and frustrating (in the best way). Once i reached the halfway point, i couldnt put it down.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eek-s

    Imagine being this obsessed with grades and essays and college :') The book revolves around 2 people. Our main character and our antagonist per say. To be honest, I cannot relate. If I were in this book, I'd probably be some background character. The girl who is forever surrounded by academically smart people, but you could probably care less about school itself. I think the plot was really engaging, but man that was intense. This book gave me trust-issues towards all the characters. It was crazy Imagine being this obsessed with grades and essays and college :') The book revolves around 2 people. Our main character and our antagonist per say. To be honest, I cannot relate. If I were in this book, I'd probably be some background character. The girl who is forever surrounded by academically smart people, but you could probably care less about school itself. I think the plot was really engaging, but man that was intense. This book gave me trust-issues towards all the characters. It was crazy. I couldn't tell if the main character was being too intense or if everything really was the way she described it? Would read again. I would probably give this for someone to read in their senior year because it hits close to home. I think this whole book can be a sort of allusion to the senior life. You have a lot of pressure put on you to be perfect and over-succeeding. What hurts you the most is the competition. There's always that fear where you think you'll be lower than someone else or in Adi Rule's words "depressingly average." Students go above and beyond to fit and exceed someone's standards. Though our main character was super smart--too smart really :')--she still had these doubts. So that was great!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris G.

    There are no margins in Viveca’s plan to escape her small town and go to college. A senior, she is well on her way to Valedictorian and has ticked off every necessary extracurricular volunteer opportunity from her checklist. If she can just get her father to fill out the financial aid forms honestly - he is a consistent liar and exaggerator. Then golden boy Jamison transfers in presents a master class in gaslighting, taking in everyone but Viveca, taking the top academic spot in the senior class There are no margins in Viveca’s plan to escape her small town and go to college. A senior, she is well on her way to Valedictorian and has ticked off every necessary extracurricular volunteer opportunity from her checklist. If she can just get her father to fill out the financial aid forms honestly - he is a consistent liar and exaggerator. Then golden boy Jamison transfers in presents a master class in gaslighting, taking in everyone but Viveca, taking the top academic spot in the senior class, stealing and taking credit for her prizewinning essay, and accusing her of plagiarism. Those familiar with being on staff in a high school will have to suspend their disbelief in the ways that student files are so easy to find, and though Viveca experiences thoughtful character development, Jamison lacks nuance. Those who like plot-driven suspense stories won’t mind. EARC from Edelweiss.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helloagain01

    Okay, so I’d just finished reading the Harry Potter books and the Percy Jackson series and had nothing to read, so this girl in my class said I could read this book. I didn’t like it for many reasons. First of all, who names their child Viveca!!!???? Wrench????? JAMISON???!!!! I mean honestly, might as well call them Victoria, James, and Wrench instead. The names weren’t that big of a deal, but I always get antsy about these type of things. Anyways, another problem was that I realized while skim Okay, so I’d just finished reading the Harry Potter books and the Percy Jackson series and had nothing to read, so this girl in my class said I could read this book. I didn’t like it for many reasons. First of all, who names their child Viveca!!!???? Wrench????? JAMISON???!!!! I mean honestly, might as well call them Victoria, James, and Wrench instead. The names weren’t that big of a deal, but I always get antsy about these type of things. Anyways, another problem was that I realized while skimming through that Viveca has a lot of issues and is way to obsessive about Jamison. I mean so what if he’s a bit arrogant? You could at least maybe try to make friends with him. Maybe if you help him he would’ve been smarter and could’ve stopped cheating, but no. You just HAD to be rude to him the minute you first saw him. Honestly, get a grip. Anyways, I’m really sorry if I’m being rude. It’s just not my kind of book. Sorry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Pelletier

    This was a fun YA psychological thriller featuring Vivica north, our protagonist whose sole mission is being valedictorian and getting out of the town she calls home. Everything seems to be going well for her until Jameson Sharpe comes along and things to start to slide back to a time Vivica would rather forget. Jameson is seemingly Mr perfect, good looking, charming and an all around exciting life. But Vivica has a hard time trusting people ever since an incident in middle school and her dad be This was a fun YA psychological thriller featuring Vivica north, our protagonist whose sole mission is being valedictorian and getting out of the town she calls home. Everything seems to be going well for her until Jameson Sharpe comes along and things to start to slide back to a time Vivica would rather forget. Jameson is seemingly Mr perfect, good looking, charming and an all around exciting life. But Vivica has a hard time trusting people ever since an incident in middle school and her dad being a pathological liar. Vivica becomes obsessed with proving Jameson is a fraud and loses herself along the way. It's full of twists and turns with a satisfying ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kylee Ervin

    This book was very well written, but it made my blood pressure rise, I was so angry. Which means I didn’t actually enjoy the book. The end also had a very “fake stories on tumblr, then everyone clapped” vibe when the entire book was based on a much real, more human concept, so I was a little disappointed in the wrap up despite how satisfying it was. If you’re into psychological thrillers, feminist, and don’t mind anxiety, I’d absolutely recommend you read this book. I think you’d really enjoy it This book was very well written, but it made my blood pressure rise, I was so angry. Which means I didn’t actually enjoy the book. The end also had a very “fake stories on tumblr, then everyone clapped” vibe when the entire book was based on a much real, more human concept, so I was a little disappointed in the wrap up despite how satisfying it was. If you’re into psychological thrillers, feminist, and don’t mind anxiety, I’d absolutely recommend you read this book. I think you’d really enjoy it. It just made me hear blood pumping I was so mad at the back half.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ans

    I don't really know, I just didn't really like this. The ending was meh. I was hoping for more, I don't know what exactly I wanted but this wasn't it. Don't get me wrong though, it had some good parts. I really liked the characters especially Wren (who was addressed by they/them pronouns no less). The MC was sorta crazy and unhinged which I loved and a few more parts. But really other than this it's eh. I don't really know, I just didn't really like this. The ending was meh. I was hoping for more, I don't know what exactly I wanted but this wasn't it. Don't get me wrong though, it had some good parts. I really liked the characters especially Wren (who was addressed by they/them pronouns no less). The MC was sorta crazy and unhinged which I loved and a few more parts. But really other than this it's eh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    lou

    hmm 3.75 maybe?? this book stressed me tf out lmao. but i actually liked how the author made viveca such an unreliable narrator (due to her past actions) that even i thought she was crazy and delusional. anyways moral of the story is that men are the biggest gaslighters and also i’ve unfortunately grown out young adult novels

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie Heitland

    Viveca North is on track to be valedictorian of her class until Jamison Sharpe shows up at Eton Prep and messes things up. Viveca thinks that Jamison is not being honest about things and sets out to prove it. She encounters many obstacles and trust issues in her quest. Will she prove that Jamison is a fake before graduation?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I had mixed feelings about this one. The story was well-developed, but it dragged at times. I felt like it especially took a long time to get going at the beginning and the resolution felt rushed. I think a lot of my students will really connect with the main character and her drive for perfection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim StClair

    Good high school book about battling valedictorians, one a phony (Jamison) and one legit. I didn’t love the ending - it was too contrived - but I did enjoy the emotional roller coaster the story took as you were trying to figure out if the phony was really a phony, or Viveca just paranoid.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eli Steele

    I didnt like it

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lavanya

    Really enjoyed this and finished it in the space of one evening. No cliches no romance - straightforward plot that kept me engaged. Ending could have been a tad stronger but that's my only critique. Really enjoyed this and finished it in the space of one evening. No cliches no romance - straightforward plot that kept me engaged. Ending could have been a tad stronger but that's my only critique.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tressa

    3.5 stars. A really fun quick read that kept me wondering what was going to happen in the end. Unfortunately, this story ended rather abruptly and could have used an epilogue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rohma

    Can't wait for this one. I absolutely loved Strange Sweet Song. Can't wait for this one. I absolutely loved Strange Sweet Song.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Serena

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Cox

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

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