One line in this book sums up the whole of teen angst.
“I feel so small that I will soon disappear and never have to deal with anyone or anything again.”
The Convenience of Lies captures the drama of being a teenager in a modern world and trying to figure out who likes you, who doesn’t, and what people are saying about you behind your back. Being a teenager is a rough time and, thankfully, many of us grow out of these hardships and stop worrying so much about what others are thinking about us. Mackenzie is trapped between the boy she likes and her friends who want to try to protect her, and she falls easily into the trap of his lies and her own.
Written from the point of view of a teenage girl, the characters are somewhat difficult to get attached to due simply to the fact that young people tune in only one or two outward senses to describe those around them, and they typically look at superficial traits. Young people also focus so much on their inner turmoil they don’t always empathize with their peers. While some of the feelings expressed are ones I remember grappling with at that age, I was not wrapped up in nearly as much drama in my teens. The point of view is so perfectly teenager that it was almost off-putting to read as an adult. The protagonist is naive, incessantly shrill, and unable to look past the shallow surface of the world. Yet, this is exactly the point of the book. She grows up to realize these faults.
The results of the book are summed up well in the epilogue. The book also includes further discussion about abusive relationships, both physical and emotional. This book would be a helpful read to young people, an exhibit of what it’s like to be subject to the manipulation of someone else.
I received my copy of the first edition from the author through a drawing.
The Convenience of Lies is available through Amazon.com