Review of Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts (digital arc)




Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts


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.

There’s a crazy guy 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 that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo 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.


My thoughts:


Laurel wants to spend more time with her dad, so she convinces him to allow her to work at his business, Emergent Enterprises, for the summer.  She wants to help out with the new intern program.  There are multiple candidates all fighting to win a $100, 000 scholarship for college.


Laurel is a big nerd and loves Star Wars.  There are a lot of references and since I’m not a big fan, I honestly didn’t get them all.  But I think Star Wars lovers will enjoy those throughout the book.  There is a lot of geeky fun in this book, including comic con.


At first, Laurel isn’t sure what to think of the interns.  There is Jason, a boy she had a huge crush on for years.  He’s a jock and can’t remember her name.  Ashley is beautiful and well put together.  Elijah ended up being one of my favorite characters in the book.  He signs up because he wants to work with minority owned businesses and he’s a secret geek.  Trish is Mr. Mantoni’s daughter.  Mr. Mantoni works for Laurel’s dad, Mr. Kristoff.  Trish is a bit scary, has her own style, and is a feminist.  I actually loved her character, too.  Carlos is the last intern.  He has a large family that owns a Mexican restaurant.   Laurel thinks that she’ll just be helping them out, but Mr. Mantoni surprises her by stating that Laurel will be reporting any violations or problems she sees.  She basically has to tattle on them.


Laurel gets to know each candidate and realizes that they aren’t who she thought right away.  Over time, she starts to grow close to them and they all become friends.  But there is someone at the company trying to sabotage things and ruin the internship.  Some of the kids decide to figure out who it is.  Laurel also finds herself having feelings for Carlos.  I’ll admit that Carlos isn’t my favorite.  There was just something about him that I didn’t like as much as the others.


This was a fun read and I really loved a few of the characters.  I also loved how Laurel started to understand her dad a bit more and realized a lot about herself along the way.  The photography was an added bonus and I thought it added to the story.


I gave this one 4 stars.  Thank you to Entangled for sending me this book through Netgalley to review.


Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Entangled: Teen



Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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