In Review: Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Posted July 14, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole WilliamsTrusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Format: eARC, 306 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I don’t read a whole lot of YA books these days, but Nicole Williams is one of those authors whose books I will *always* read, no matter the age group or genre. I love her writing, her characters and the story she tells with them. She never disappoints. Trusting You & Other Lies is the latest in a long list of books written by her that I’ve loved.

This book was of the “read in one sitting” variety for me. It was fun and pretty light, but with a deeper message about trust that didn’t get TOO angsty. I really liked Phoenix and Callum. They were both fairly complex characters and neither one was perfect. I love a character with flaws. It makes them easier to relate to — even when there’s a pretty big age difference. I enjoyed watching each of these characters really come into their own during their time at summer camp. It’s probably worth mentioning I do have a particular weakness for camp books. I’ve not read a ton of them, but the ones I have I loved. But, I digress.

I’d say Trusting You & Other Lies is just about the perfect summer read if you’re looking for a YA book to add to your TBR pile. I found it both charming and beautiful. I loved the romance and found the dynamic between Phoenix and her family. It made me smile — and gave me a few feels. I can’t ask for much more than that!


I didn’t do boy-crazy, I reminded myself. I didn’t do weak-kneed and tongue-tied and starry-eyed. I did Miss Independent. I did my own thing. I did guys-were-a-nice-perk-but-not-the-pinnacle. That was my MO. 

“Our destiny is always waiting for us. It’s right in front of us, all the time. Sometimes we just need a place and a time to be reminded of that.”

“In my world, you start out with my trust. What you do with that is up to you.” 

Callum might have been odd sixty ways to Sunday, but in the Teenage Girl’s Bible of Boys, he was the holy trinity of hot, aloof and available.

He tasted like sunshine and a storm, and he kissed like we had forever and had run out of time. He kissed me like I’d wanted to be kissed my whole entire life—like I was everything.

About Nicole Williams

I'm the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of close to three dozen books, ranging from Young Adult to Contemporary Romance.

Biographies are impossible for me to write without landing somewhere in the realm of lame. Which is ironic since I'm a writer attempting to, you know, do what I do and write. For whatever reason though, trying to sum up who I am is enough to make me rock myself into a psychiatric-something in a dark corner.

I could try explaining what I love: books, writing, adventures, the outdoors, animals, my family, my friends. I could list what I don't love: hate, needles, narrow-mindedness, pantyhose, celery. I could go into my background and my sources of inspiration, sprinkling throughout witty bits of commentary and the expected author-fare of a few words that make a person scratch their head and reach for a dictionary. But the true biography of who I am is penned on the pages of my books, hidden between the words. Where I've been, who I am, where I'm going--it's all there.

At the end of the day, I'm an open book.

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