No Filter and Other Lies, Crystal Maldonado

This is a cartoon-esque cover. A girl sits with a camera. Behind her are 3 photos of her friends.

I got this in the B&N preorder sale because I had read Fat Chance Charlie Vega last year and fell in love. Unfortunately, this one came with a few issues for me. The first is that Kat is a pretty horrible person. Her mother is absolute garbage. While Kat has supportive grandparents, the fact they have sat by for all of Kat’s life and let her mother get away with this is pretty crappy, too. So in all of this, the only people you cheer for are her friends. Kat is so selfish and makes everything about what she wants, repercussions be damned, and her friends stick by her for some reason.

Maybe Kat wouldn’t have been such an awful person if her mother wasn’t such toxic sludge and if she had grandparents who stuck up for her. You don’t have to love the characters to love a story, but the problem is, Kat didn’t have one family member truly in her corner, which is downright depressing. Then the entire story is about her selfishness and terrible decisions, and it just didn’t work for me.

No Filter and Other Lies is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:

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 17-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.

Read this review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub.


2 thoughts on “No Filter and Other Lies, Crystal Maldonado

    1. The redeeming didn’t feel genuine because of how awful she was. But I’m glad I read this and am definitely still a fan


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