Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Spies, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.
My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.
As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media...and I’m afraid it's working.
Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.
Spies Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts is a cute and dynamic YA novel centering around Laurel Kristoff. Laurel is a high school junior whose dad is a workaholic. He provides for his family and they want for nothing, except time with him. Laurel reminisces about old times when he was more around to do things with her after he misses an awards show for her school and makes an offhand comment about becoming an intern for his company. While she doesn’t need the scholarship money that the interns can win, it would give her more time with her dad. After a couple weeks of persistence, Mr. Kristoff unexpectedly gives in.
Laurel and the other interns provide a dynamic and diverse cast of characters to bond with as they work together and get to know each other. Each is more than meets the eye and gives complexity to the novel. When it is discovered that the company is being attacked by a social media smear campaign, Laurel and the interns investigate, giving Spies, Lies and Allies added intrigue and more ways to dig deeper into each character.
Overall I enjoyed Spies Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts and the journey that we get to go on. Liberal Star Wars references added some fun familiarity to the book and make Laurel more relateable and the relationships made the story one for everyone.