…That is, if you’re one of the unlucky Phoenix Five whose secret lives are about to be exposed in Lisi Harrison’s new YA novel, “Pretenders.” (The rest of you can relax; nobody will ever know the truth about prom night, spring break, or that thing you did to your cat last year…although for the record, it was truly disturbing and we no longer want to sit with you at lunch.) Harrison’s new series is an exposé for the high school ages: the leaked journal entries of five high-achieving freshmen who thought nobody would ever uncover their web of secrets and lies. And today, we’re doing a little exposé of our own: the EXCLUSIVE cover reveal of the very first book!
Is this the black-and-white likeness of the mysterious source who broke in to the faculty lounge, stole the journals and published their contents for all to see? Mmmmmaybe. Or maybe not. All we know is, she’s one of them:
My picture is on page eighteen of Noble High’s Phoenix yearbook. I am one of the Phoenix Five. You nominated me. You thought I was one of the most outstanding students in our freshman class. You were wrong.
Still, I accepted my award. I acted special. But I couldn’t help wondering what it was like to be that way for real. So I broke into Ms. Silver’s safe in the faculty lounge and stole all five of our journals. I’m not exposing them out of jealousy or anger. I’m doing this because I am tired of the lies. The bar is too high, and cheating is the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, Manti T’eo’s girlfriend was a fake…is anything real anymore?
I found the answer in our journals. These are 100 percent real and 100 percent unedited. The proof is in the pages:
We’re all pretenders.
And if that creepy manifesto has you raring to read, you’re not alone…but you’ll also have to be patient. “The Pretenders” hits bookstores October 1. In the meantime, though, you can follow the author on Twitter @LisiHarrison—and while you’re at it, you can find a new hiding place for that diary filled with all your dirty secrets. Just sayin’.
Are you putting “Pretenders” on your reading list?