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Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year's Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn't like she wanted to catch her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It's for ex-frenemy Kendall. She's convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level...

Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year's Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn't like she wanted to catch her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It's for ex-frenemy Kendall. She's convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level...

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    October 15, 2017
    First, Marisa Palmera spots her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. Then her old frenemy, white girl Kendall, comes back into her life and enlists Marisa to spy on her boyfriend, white guy TJ, whom Kendall suspects is two-timing her. For the sake of the job, white Marisa befriends TJ; he's definitely hiding something, but it might not be what Kendall and Marisa think. As Marisa and TJ's friendship grows, she finds herself falling for him, landing in the throes of a moral crisis. In a misguided act of gratitude, Kendall sets up a website called Busted ("Don't hate the player...bust his ass!") to advertise Marisa's "services" for a fee, and before long, Marisa is the go-to gal for exposing high school infidelities (the "clients" all appear to be white, heterosexual teenage girls). A subplot in which Marisa's best friend, white girl Charlie, is wrongly accused of stealing test answers adds another element of mystery that might be connected to TJ's shady activity. Marisa's biting first-person narration is enhanced by hilarious, sarcastic volleying back and forth with her brother, Nick. Throughout, girls, including Marisa, employ such insults as "tramp," "bimbo," and "drama queen" to put down and devalue other girls. The demeaning language goes both ways: "slut" and "bitch" are equally applied to boys. Good for a few chuckles. (Fiction. 13-18)

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    November 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-Marisa doesn't intend on making a career out of spying, but when she catches her best friend Charlie's boyfriend making out with another girl, she develops a reputation for sniffing out cheaters. Her next case is ex-frenemy Kendall who has recently moved back to town. As she gets to know Kendall's boyfriend TJ, Marisa starts to fall for him and the feelings appear to be mutual. A parallel cheating story line evolves as Charlie is accused of stealing test answers from a teacher's laptop at her private school and Marisa, her brother Nick, TJ, and Charlie work together to try to figure out who really stole the answers. The characters are realistic and well developed. Challenges of socioeconomic status are highlighted through Marisa attending a public school even though her test scores would enable her to attend the prestigious honors program at the private school. Mature language and references to cheating make this title more suitable for older readers. VERDICT A satisfying story that explores how actions in life and relationships impact others. A good choice for large YA collections.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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