The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips

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No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret-at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of. To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time she tells herself it will be the last, and each time it never is.

I picked this up in the young adult section because I was intrigued by the title. I read the first page and instantly wanted to read more. The story starts with Morgan attempting to shoplift a bikini, and the tension can be felt instantly. Morgan is quite an angry person, her parents are divorced and she no longer speaks to her mother, blaming her for the divorce. She lives in an apartment with her dad, surviving on take-aways as neither of them can cook. Shoplifting has become her outlet, but when she is caught and sentenced to community service, things begin to change.

There were a few very cliché “learning moments”, but I think that’s to be expected in a book for younger readers. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and kept me interested, I never wanted to put it down.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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