Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Riley Stone is such a good girl. She's beautiful and smart, and she never does anything to derail her perfect life plan. Her friend Kolbie is "almost" a supermodel, her friend Neta is described as a young Sofia Vergara, and Riley was voted homecoming queen-her freshman year. Her life is idyllic until she falls for her French teacher, Alex Belrose. A game involving life and death consequences ensues, but Riley has a plan and she always wins. Riley's picturesque life might initially push readers away, but those who continue to the end won't regret it. The story takes some unexpected and thrilling turns. Students who have ever had a crush on a teacher or tried to maintain a flawless persona will see themselves in Riley as she tests the boundaries of her perfectionism. "We're like these plastic people and we look so perfect as long as you don't see where we've been molded together so carefully." The other characters in the novel are developed only when it is pertinent to the plot and are thus sometimes hard to tell apart. The author gives us insight into Riley's nature in other ways, primarily by providing a "Things To Know About Riley Stone" segment every two or three chapters. These lists become delightfully disturbing as the tension progresses. VERDICT Give this strong addition to fans of unreliable narrators, antiheroines, and page-turners.-Carina Gonzalez, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
It isn't easy being a good girl. Just ask star student, veteran volunteer, and valedictorian-to-be Riley Stone. She may have the attention of everyone from Hartsville High to Princeton, but recognition from her parents is scarce, and genuine happiness? Scarcer. So when her hopelessly handsome French teacher, a married man nine years her senior, makes authoritative advances, Riley returns them. But it isn't all late-night trysts and love notes; jealousy soon spurs a match of masterful manipulations and Riley Stone never loses. In fact, she's discovering that, just maybe, being good is actually the perfect alibi for being bad. Fueled by innocence as much as strategic omission, Riley's first-person narrative is expertly interspersed with page-length Things to Know about Riley Stone passages, which are objective and increasingly insidious insights into Riley's reality. Readers who like their humor dark and their romance unhinged will race to the finish of Morgan's alluring exploration of the limits of power, perfection, and painstakingly crafted personas and a sly final twist may have them gleefully retracing their steps. Heart-pounding, deliciously devious fun.--Shemroske, Briana Copyright 2010 Booklist