The Lying Game

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I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

Curriculet Details
62 Questions
64 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 9-10 grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining theme, the identification of literary devices such as mood, and structural devices such as flashback. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos to help students understand references to Swan Lake and to help students identify literary devices such as dramatic irony. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character motivation, literary device identification, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Quite often, writers do not spell out all of the information they want you to know. Sometimes, they ask you to infer, or read between the lines, to determine what is happening. Watch the video below for more information. (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about the narrator? 

Chapter 1 - The Dead Ringer

To help readers visualize the events and characters of a story, writers will often use figurative language, such as this simile, comparing two unlike things using like or as. Look for more examples of simile as you read.  
Describe in your own words what life has been like for Emma since she began living in foster care. 
One of the themes of this novel is the importance of social media to modern society. Pay attention to it--YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are integral to the story. Watch the video below so you can learn how to spot themes as they are emerging.  (This annotation contains a video)
Who will Clarice blame for the theft? 
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
This novel has a very unique narration style. The point of view varies between first person and third person limited point of view. See below for more information about these types of point of view. Why might Emma and the dead girl look identical?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - That’s Right, Blame the Foster Kid

Why is the highlighted text a good example of a simile? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Why does Clarice tell Emma she'll have to move out? 

Chapter 3 - You Know it’s True if you Read it on Facebook

Will Alexandra's mom let Emma stay with her? 
Looking at the items Emma takes from house to house, what can you infer about her? 
Can you see the simile here? Are you having trouble finding them? See below for more information about similes, and their companion comparison, metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
What evidence does Emma NOT use to justify that she might have a twin? 
Gucci, Pucci, and Juicy, are upscale clothes designers. Below is an image of a Juicy Couture store. (This annotation contains an image)
Why are both Facebook and YouTube integral to the plot here? 
What did Madeline Vega do that upset her friends? 
We don't know much about Emma or Sutton yet, but what we do know, we infer from indirect characterization. See below for more information about this writing technique.  (This annotation contains a video)
The importance of social media is being further developed as a theme here. How can you tell? 

Chapter 4 - Reunion Interrupted

What can we infer about Alex and Emma's relationship using characterization? 
Who will Emma meet in this canyon? Sutton's murderer? 
Who shows up, possibly after sending Emma a text? 

Chapter 5 - She is Me

The author uses details to make the reader feel afraid in the beginning of this chapter, much as the narrator is afraid for Emma. This emotion is called mood. See below for more information about this literary devices, as well as its companion device, tone. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Madeline most likely feel after Charlotte mocks her? 
In addition to similes and metaphors, authors use imagery to help readers imagine the story. See below for more information about this literary device. (This annotation contains a video)
What is one major difference between Emma and Sutton? Use textual evidence to support your response. 

Chapter 6 - Who can Resist a Brooder?

Is this a stranger, with a telescope, watching Emma?  
Why might Emma suddenly be able to say all the things she has only written before? 
Rebel Without a Cause is a famous 1955 movie starring actor James Dean. Watch this trailer, and see if this description of Ethan is meant as a compliment. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7 - The Bedroom Emma Never Had

How does looking in on Sutton's life make Emma feel? 
All of this luxury only adds to Emma's jealousy. 
Why is Laurel upset with Sutton? 
Again, the theme of the importance of social media to modern society is evident. Emma would never be able to impersonate Sutton without Sutton's Facebook page, telling her who is who. 

Chapter 8 - Coffee, Muffins, Mistaken Identity . . .

Why is Emma's ability to identify Sutton's mother evidence for the theme of the importance of social media? 
Which of the following sentences is the best example of imagery? 
In case you missed it, the author is reconfirming why Laurel is angry with Sutton here. 
Which sentence best reveals the contrast between Emma's life and Sutton's? 
What a great way to end a chapter! Can you see where the author is about to employ a flashback here, revealing events in Sutton's life? See below for more information about this literary device.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 9 - Imitation is the Highest form of Flattery

Which type of characterization is evidenced in the highlighted text and what is the author trying to show? 
Up until this point, the reader knows very little about Sutton. Now we know that she is cruel to others, but not why. How do her friends feel about her treatment of Laurel? 
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 10 - Every Guy Loves a Felon

Who do you have more sympathy for right now: Emma or Sutton? 
Based on how the students are acting before school starts, what can you infer about them? 
Check out the way the author uses verbs here. Each verb that describes the police officer demonstrates action and is a vivid verb. See below for more information.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain in your own words why Emma thinks Sutton's killer brought her here. 

Chapter 11 - Watch Out for Devil Child!

It seems as though Sutton can hear Emma's thoughts. Can Sutton communicate with Emma? 
Which of the following sentences from this page is the best example of a simile? 
The contrast between Emma and Sutton could not be clearer in this highlighted sentence.  
Based on how Charlotte talks to Emma about Garrett, how must Charlotte feel about their relationship? 
Why is Nisha so mad at Sutton? Could she be the killer? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 12 - Emma’s First Family Dinner Dysfunction

Using characterization, what does the highlighted text reveal about Emma? 
Do Sutton's parents know that she has a file at the police station? 
What is one physical difference between Emma and Sutton? 
Here, the writer is employing a new technique called foreshadowing. In this literary device, the author gives clues that something important is about to occur. See below for more information about this literary device. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 13 - The Body on the Ground

Which of the following literary devices is evidenced in the highlighted text? 
Emma seems to be attracted to Ethan. Why do you think he is so lonely in school? 
Which famous movie is this a reference to? 
Ethan seems to like Emma back.  

Chapter 14 - Vintage Emma

How can we tell that this novel is set in modern times? 
Remember that Madeline dances ballet constantly. Swan Lake is a ballet by Tchaikovsky. Watch the below video. (This annotation contains a video)
Describe in your own words, based on Madeline's reaction, why she might not believe Emma. 
In this scene the reader gets a glimpse of what Emma is really like. 
Explain in your own words why is the highlighted text is an example of foreshadowing. 

Chapter 15 - The Scene of the Crime

Below, the television program CSI shows what a crime scene looks like. (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about the crime scene, based on the highlighted text? 
What must the lying game be? How is this related to the novel's title? 
Up until this point, Emma has been innocent of bullying others. By condoning this behavior, she is changing to become more like Sutton. This change makes her a dynamic character. See below for more information on static and dynamic characters.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 16 - Last Bus to Vegas

Make a prediction: how will Ethan react to Emma when he finds out about the "crime scene" prank? 
Was your prediction correct? And is Ethan right: can Emma change Sutton's friends? 
What event causes Emma to rethink her escape plan? 
Do you feel the tension increase? 

Chapter 17 - Never have I Ever

Using at least two pieces of textual evidence, how can you prove that the Chamberlains are wealthy? 
Pay attention to how the author uses this game and the comments of Sutton's friends to reveal more information about Emma's sister. 
Why might Emma want to ask this question? 
This series of sentences, as well as the ones that follow, demonstrate the concept of dramatic irony. See below for more information. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 

Chapter 18 - Who’s Laughing Now?

Just as Sutton is trying to figure out who has kidnapped her, so is the reader in the dark.  

Chapter 19 - Leaving is Not an Option

What does the highlighted text reveal about Mrs. Chamberlain? 
Can you see how the highlighted text is an example of dramatic irony? We know that Sutton could never cartwheel into the room, because she is dead, but Emma does not yet know the truth. 
Who do you think is the strangler? 

Chapter 20 - Dear Diary, Today I Died

Was the kidnapper one of her friends, or her sister? Or was it Thayer, the brother who has been missing? 
What is one similarity Emma shares with Sutton? 
Who might the fourth member be? 
What do Sutton's Facebook posts reveal? 

Chapter 21 - Unrequited Spying

Could Garrett be the "puppy" mentioned in Sutton's diary? 
Have you ever been to Arizona? If not, see this video below for an idea of what where they are picnicking might look like.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is Emma about to do? 
What might Garrett's present to Sutton be, if he kisses Emma passionately after referring to their "plan"? 
What characteristics does Charlotte share with the memory Sutton has of her kidnapper? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 22 - Dirty Secrets

Will Emma be able to stand up to Sutton's friends? 
What does this action reveal about Madeline? 
What did Sutton do to Thayer? 
Why did the narrator throw Laurel's necklace into the woods? 
Can you see the mood becoming darker, and more scary, here? Have you heard the theme song to The Lying Game television show? Click below to hear it, and see if you can tell who is "the girl with a gun for a tongue."  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 23 - Someone was a Very, Very Bad Girl . . .

Why is this an example of dramatic irony? 
Emma notices and cares about the emotions of others. Should she stop Sutton's friends from torturing other people? 

Chapter 24 - Doesn’t Every Girl Think her Sister Wants to Kill Her?

How does the highlighted text demonstrate that Emma is a dynamic character? 
Are you sure it is Sutton's locket in the picture? 
What does the highlighted text reveal about Laurel's character? 
This sentence is another example of how Sutton's ghost can hear Emma's thoughts. 

Chapter 25 - A Late Addition to the Guest List

Why is Emma's theory of Laurel murdering Sutton an example of dramatic irony? 
This type of figurative language is called personification. See below for more information about personification and look for examples as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
What secret about Emma do you think Ethan is hiding, based on how he reacts to Emma's question about the party? 

Chapter 26 - A Face from the Past

What is Laurel doing in this scene? 

Chapter 27 - Happy Birthday, Now Die

Give two pieces of textual evidence from this scene that shows how Sutton's family is wealthy. 
Can you see how the author uses figurative language to highlight how frustrated Ethan must feel? 

Chapter 28 - Seduction and Murder Always go Hand in Hand

What does Garrett think about Ethan, as evidenced by the highlighted text? 
Can you read between the lines to determine what Garrett's birthday present to Sutton was supposed to be? 
Based on the highlighted text, what type of character is Sutton? 
Laurel and Madeline did not intend for Sutton to pass out, but did Charlotte?  
What evidence does Emma use to prove to herself that Sutton's friends knew Sutton was dead? 

Chapter 29 - The Great Escape

Who is the only person that has been nice to her? Where could she possibly go? 
What happened at Sutton's party that might make Ethan feel unsympathetic towards Emma? 

Chapter 30 - Someone Knows . . .

Why is Ethan driving Emma away from the bus station? 
Watch the first thirty seconds of the below video to see the television version of this scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the television show different from the book? How is it similar?  
Which literary device best describes the scene about to unfold? 

Chapter 31 - Not Funny, Bitches

Although Emma thinks the video ends with Sutton's death, this memory proves otherwise. Thus, this scene is not only a flashback, but also an example of dramatic irony. 

Chapter 32 - The Bitter Truth

Why is this scene an example of dramatic irony? 
This is an example of direct characterization. 
Read between the lines and infer: who is Ethan really talking about here? 

Chapter 33 - Look Out, Sutton’s Back

Laurel seems so happy to see Emma. Could she have really killed Sutton? 
Why does Emma fake strangle Laurel? 
Watch this video clip of the first episode of the TV show and be prepared to compare it to the book.  (This annotation contains a video)


What is the biggest difference between the tv show clip and the book? 
Quiz 3