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    The Secret to Lying (Todd Mitchell)

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    • When 15-year-old nobody James gets accepted to a boarding school for gifted kids, he has a rare chance to completely reinvent himself. He dyes his hair purple and wows his new friends with tales of street fighting and carjacking, which helps attract the attention of girls—admiring looks from gothy Jess and scowls from perfect-girl Ellie—for the first time ever. Somewhere in the mix, he also starts cutting himself, chugging cough syrup, and engaging in increasingly reckless behavior, more out of boredom rather than any deep-seated psychological trauma. Just in case readers need things further spelled out, he also starts having vivid dreams of conquering demons. This isn’t quite a teen problem novel, but it walks a similarly fine line: serious issues, taken too heavily, risk melodrama or didacticism. To the end, tactical strikes of humor and perceptive insights (not cutting feels “like tasting water”) keep this investigation of teen identity issues aloft, and the unusual focus on a male cutter helps set it apart.

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    I think the whole cutting thing for him started after Jess scratched him. They were making-out and it got rough and Jess scratched up his back pretty good. His friend/roommate told him later, I think, and he was like, “That’s weird, I didn’t even feel it.” ) Good book.

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