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No Filter and Other Lies



by
Crystal Maldonado

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823447183
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Mild Violence
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City High School

You should know, right now, that I’m a liar.

They’re usually little lies. Tiny lies. Baby lies. Not so much lies as lie adjacent.

But they’re still lies.

Twenty one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.

Except it’s all fake.

Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence—just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari’s unrequited love. But while Kat’s life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and “Max” get—texting, Snapping, and even calling—the more Kat feels she has to keep up the façade.

But when one of Max’s posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she’s been stealing photos from, her entire world – real and fake — comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she’s created without hurting the people she loves.

But it might already be too late.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Romance

Topics

Social media. Online identities. Popularity. Friendship. Family life. Overweight people. Puerto Ricans. LGBTQ. Bakersfield, California. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old aspiring photographer Kat Sanchez is addicted to Instagram and the validation it provides. After a drunken night of partying, Kat decides to create a new Instagram profile as "Max" using the pictures she has taken of her friend Becca. Max immediately begins receiving the attention Kat desperately craves. So what if it means lying to Becca about her pictures and lying to Elena, a girl she meets online and has a crush on who doesn't realize that Kat and Max are the same person. When Elena meets and begins to like Kat in person as herself, and Max begins to ghost Elena online, the teen has to figure out a way to reveal what she has done without hurting the people she cares about. Kat's closest friends are given enough depth that readers feel connected to them as much as to her. Kat is biracial, fat, and questioning her interest in girls while maintaining a "friends with benefits" relationship with her best guy friend Hari. There is family drama as Kat lives with her grandparents while her parents and brother live a few houses down in the same neighborhood. Family problems and lies eventually catch up with Kat as she tries to salvage various relationships. Realistic consequences make this a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks catfishing is a good idea. VERDICT Coming of age isn't easy; especially when you are pretending to be someone else. A first purchase for high school realistic fiction collections.-Ashley Leffel

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old aspiring photographer Kat Sanchez is addicted to Instagram and the validation it provides. After a drunken night of partying, Kat decides to create a new Instagram profile as "Max" using the pictures she has taken of her friend Becca. Max immediately begins receiving the attention Kat desperately craves. So what if it means lying to Becca about her pictures and lying to Elena, a girl she meets online and has a crush on who doesn't realize that Kat and Max are the same person. When Elena meets and begins to like Kat in person as herself, and Max begins to ghost Elena online, the teen has to figure out a way to reveal what she has done without hurting the people she cares about. Kat's closest friends are given enough depth that readers feel connected to them as much as to her. Kat is biracial, fat, and questioning her interest in girls while maintaining a "friends with benefits" relationship with her best guy friend Hari. There is family drama as Kat lives with her grandparents while her parents and brother live a few houses down in the same neighborhood. Family problems and lies eventually catch up with Kat as she tries to salvage various relationships. Realistic consequences make this a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks catfishing is a good idea. VERDICT Coming of age isn't easy; especially when you are pretending to be someone else. A first purchase for high school realistic fiction collections.-Ashley Leffel

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