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No Filter and Other Lies

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thoughtful novel about social media, family, authenticity.

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Crystal Maldonado's thoughtful tale tackles complicated family relationships, social media obsession, and authenticity. Kat is a flawed character, and many of her actions throughout No Filter and Other Lies come off as selfish. But Kat isn't just lying online to fit in; she also has to lie every day and pretend she's part of the picture-perfect family on her mom's social media accounts. It's heart-wrenching to see how her mom's actions online and IRL hurt Kat, but it's even more frustrating that Kat thought it would be OK to use someone else's face to keep catfishing another. However, readers will be satisfied with the resolution, which proves that there are consequences for your actions. As Kat tries to make sense of the mess she's made, teens will realize that social media doesn't define their self-worth and understand the importance of communication, honesty, integrity, and staying true to themselves.

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