Pretending to Be Erica

Pretending to Be Erica

3.72 (2,840 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.72 (2,840 ratings by Goodreads)

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We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut! Seventeen-year-old Violet's entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet's father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans' lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she "reappears"--Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor's edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 148 x 211 x 25mm | 394g
  • Viking Press Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0670014974
  • 9780670014972
  • 727,741

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Praise for Pretending to Be Erica
"The realistic, well thought-out plot with its unique cast of characters make this YA crime novel impossible to put down."--School Library Journal "A thriller premise with a satisfying shades-of-gray resolution."--Kirkus Reviews "This unique, dual first-person novel is a fascinating read. The good/bad protagonist is deep, different, and wonderful. The story is imaginative and engrossing. Readers both want to sympathize with and hate Violet. Her torment and angst about her duel lives are intriguing. She is a different kind of main character, an antihero with a heart and conscience. This book craves reading in one sitting. This excellent book is a must-have purchase for all libraries."--VOYA
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About Michelle Painchaud

Michelle Painchaud was born in Seattle, but grew up gate-crashing parties in sugar cane fields in Hawaii. Cats and anime take up what little part of her brain isn't harassed by stories of teenagers kicking ass. This is her first novel.
She lives in San Diego, California and you can find her at http: // and on Twitter: @michelleiswordy
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3.72 out of 5 stars
- 2,840 ratings
5 24% (691)
4 37% (1,037)
3 29% (814)
2 8% (229)
1 2% (69)
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