The Lying Game #2: Never Have I Ever

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My perfect life was a lie.

Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people’s lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.

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

Curriculet Details
56 Questions
62 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 9-10 grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining the development prevalent themes, helping to identify and characterize literary devices and adding context to the novel by showing images of things such as stucco. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about plot devices such as flashback and literary devices like similes. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, inferences, and the elements of a mystery. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Prologue - Life After Death

These first two paragraphs constitute not only a flashback, but also a synopsis of the first book, The Lying Game. Not sure what a flashback is? Watch this video below for more information.  (This annotation contains a video)
One theme prevalent in this novel is the concept of knowing who to trust. Not sure how to find themes? Watch this video below for help.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 1 - Charmed Life

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Why is the highlighted text an example of a flashback? 
Because Emma does not know if she can trust her twin's best friends, the author is developing the theme of knowing who to trust. 
Authors reveal what characters are like in a variety of ways. See this video below, and decide what the author is saying about Charlotte, and how the author reveals that information.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Charlotte's reaction to her father reveal about her? 
One of the most interesting parts of this novel series is that there are two distinct narrators, with two different points of view. The first person narrator is Sutton, who is a ghost with a faulty memory. The third person limited point of view is Emma, who is desperately trying to figure out if Sutton is alive or dead. 

Chapter 2 - CSI, Tucson

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What type of characterization does the author use here to reveal something about Emma? 
In the movie Black Swan, a ballerina goes insane. Never heard of the movie? Watch the below clip.  (This annotation contains a video)
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? 
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Which of the following definitions of pseudo is correct, based on its usage in the highlighted sentence? 

Chapter 3 - Spinning Her Wheels

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What can you infer about Emma, based on the highlighted text? 
Emma can't reveal that she is not Sutton. The only way she can find information about her sister is by asking questions of those around her. Will they suspect? Will they trust her, when they find out the truth?  
Authors use figurative language, such as this metaphor, to help readers to imagine characters and setting. Having trouble spotting the metaphors? Look at this video below for more information.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Who is the only person that Emma trusts? 
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How does the highlighted text develop the theme of knowing who to trust? 

Chapter 4 - Paper Trail

Never seen a stucco house? Check out the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Describe in your own words what Garrett means when he says "Is this what everyone warned me about? Is this classic Sutton Mercer?" 
Clues, suspense, an unsolved murder... this story is shaping up to be a mystery. Don't know the elements of a mystery? Watch this video to find out more.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5 - Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures

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What does this exchange between Samantha and Ethan reveal about Sutton? 
By showing you Emma's feelings about stealing, the author is showing you that Emma is normally honest, using indirect characterization. What does this same passage reveal about Becky? 

Chapter 6 - A Criminal History

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Explain in your own words why this is an example of a flashback. 
Get ready for a flashback. 

Chapter 7 - The Ultimate Prank

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Read between the lines. Why might the "Twitter Twins" like Katy Perry? 
Does Sutton seem like she is playing a prank to you? 
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The train flashback represents an example of the "Lying Game." Which description below best represents a description of this club? 

Chapter 8 - Truth or Consequences

Another reason this book is so interesting is that both Emma and Sutton can be described as dynamic, as they change throughout the story. See below for more information about dynamic characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is the highlighted text an example of a literary device? 

Chapter 9 - Daddy’s Little Girl

Never been to a wax museum? Watch this short video about the Madame Tussauds in New York for some context.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The highlighted text is evidence that Emma is which type of character? 
Another way this story is unique is that, although it is told partially in first-person narrative style, Sutton does not remember her entire life. Instead, she gets flashes of memory, tied to what is happening to Emma. 
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Which type of point of view is evident in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 10 - Fish Out of Water

This scene refers to a dream that Emma had in the first book of this series, The Lying Game. 
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Which of the following novels is referred to in the highlighted text? 
The highlighted text is another example of the theme of knowing who to trust.  
In addition to similes and metaphors, authors use imagery to help their readers imagine scenes. The highlighted text is an example. Never heard of imagery? Watch this video to find out more.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Explain in your own words why the highlighted text is a good example of imagery. 
Although Emma and Ethan want to "take it slow," Sutton is obviously frustrated. 
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Chapter 11 - Nothing Like a Threat at 2 A.M.

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Why is the highlighted text a good example of the mystery genre? 
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Explain in your own words what theme, or central idea, is developed using the highlighted text as evidence. 
The author has revealed why Emma has to lie to Laurel. If Emma tells the truth, then she will be next to die. 

Chapter 12 - A Secret of a Different Kind

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When Emma describes how German sounds to her, which literary device is the author using? 
All the other girls look to Sutton for leadership. Could one of them resented her enough to kill her? 
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What does Charlotte's line reveal about the girls? 
Who seems to be the better friend for Emma, Charlotte or Madeline? 
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If Madeline and Charlotte were together the day Sutton died, then what also must be true? 
This quotation is very appropriate for the story. Hamlet has just heard his father's ghost explain that he was murdered by Hamlet's uncle. Sutton, too, is a ghost, but unable (so far) to communicate with Emma. 

Chapter 13 - Double the Trouble

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Explain in your own words which type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text. Be sure to include a reason why you think it is either direct or indirect. 
Who actually called Mrs. Mercer? 
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Thinking back to the video about the mystery genre, which words best describe the highlighted text? 
Now, another two people have possible alibis: Nisha and Laurel. But did they stay the entire night? 

Chapter 14 - An Opening... and a Closing

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How did Laurel convince Mrs. Mercer to allow Emma to leave? 
Emma will dress up as though Sutton is a corpse, if Emma is allowed to leave at all. How will Sutton's murderer react? 
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Who does Emma want to ask to the dance? 
First, the Twitter Twins were upset they were not included in the Lying Game group. If Sutton's friends stop hanging out with them altogether, what will they do? 
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Which point of view is evident in the highlighted text? 
Can Emma safely trust all of Sutton's friends? That's the thing about mysteries--you never know the truth till the last scene. 

Chapter 15 - An A for Effort

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Why does the author choose to have Alex text Emma at this point in the story? 
Sutton has some great questions. Will we ever find out the answers? 
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Why does Ethan invite Emma to a photography opening? 
Will Emma be able to stand up to Sutton's friends and stop the prank before it happens? 
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Use the definition function to determine which of the following definitions is correct for the way "juvenile" is used in the highlighted text? 
Will Ethan believe Emma? 
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Explain in your own words Emma's reasoning behind staying "just friends" with Ethan. 

Chapter 16 - X Marks the Spot

Is Emma trying too hard at school to pass for Sutton? 
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In this paragraph, the author mentions one similarity between Sutton and Emma. What is it? 

Chapter 17 - Tremors and Treachery and Threats, Oh My!

The Titanic was a luxury cruise ship that sank in its first voyage to see. It did not have enough lifeboats for every passenger, and many perished. Below is real footage of the ship, underwater.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Who is getting pranked? 
Why can't Laurel keep the twins occupied? 
Like many other mysteries, the clues can be obvious or they can be hard to spot. Here is Emma, standing on an X. In your mind, watch Lili walk away. What's going to happen next? 

Chapter 18 - The Writing on the Wall

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Why is this part of the chapter written in italics? 
Could this be Gabby's motivation for killing Sutton? 
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What is Gabby's motivation for killing Sutton? 

Chapter 19 - Creepy Vampires to the Left, Stalkers to the Right

Emma must not be seriously hurt, because she is in the nurse's office. Who put her there? 
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Which of the following reasons is NOT a reason that Emma suspects the twins? 
Will Twitter reveal what Gabby and Lili are plotting? 
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Why is August 31 significant? 
It takes feeling threatened, for Emma to finally step up and ask Ethan out.  
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Why is Emma acting so strangely? 

Chapter 20 - Service with a Snicker

Forgotten what the Count sounds like? Watch this video clip to find out. (This annotation contains a video)
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Contrast Emma and Sutton, in the way they treat Laurel. 
Notice the reference to "Count Dracula" here? 
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Which literary device best describes how the author describes Gabby and Lili in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 21 - Tweet, Untweet

In 2013, protected tweets were enabled. See below and think why the author might not have had the twins protect their tweets.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Emma is afraid of the twins because she suspects that they 
In the first book, Emma tried to tell both the Mercers and the police the truth, and she was not believed. 
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Chapter 22 - The Awful Truth

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Why is the highlighted text a good example of a simile? 
This exchange shows that Helene not only knows the girls are drinking, but also that she doesn't care. 
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Sometimes, using the dictionary function doesn't yield a definition that makes sense. Use the fact that Gabby, Emma, and Lili are all going "stag" to make an educated guess as to its definition. 

Chapter 23 - The Viking’s Revenge

Have you ever watched the Emmy Awards? See below for what the Homecoming red carpet might look like. (This annotation contains an image)
Although the television show version of this series is very different from the novels, there are some similarities. Watch this clip, and be prepared to note what is similar between it and the following scene with Nisha.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What can you infer about Garrett, based on Madeline's reaction to him? 
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What is similar between the video clip and the story? 
Rather than tell you outright what is going on, the author expects you to read between the lines to see that Mr. Vega is physically abusing Madeline. See below for more information about inferences and textual evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Use inferences to determine what Emma is really saying here about Sutton. 

Chapter 24 - Almost, But Not Quite

This scene is a perfect time to talk about dramatic irony. This type of irony occurs when the audience knows something the characters do not. We know that Emma is not Sutton, but Garrett doesn't. See below for more details about this type of irony.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 25 - One Down, One to Go

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Based on how Ethan has acted towards Emma so far, is he complimenting her or insulting her by saying she is like Sutton, and how do you know? 
Much like Sherlock Holmes, Emma is focused on solving the crime. See below for a beautiful comparison of the BBC version of Holmes vs the Hollywood version.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 26 - A Shove in the Dark

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What can you infer about Gabby and Lili, based on the highlighted text? 
It is clear Lili is still upset. Will she do something to get back at Gabby? 
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What is Lili's real reason for being upset with Gabby? 

Chapter 27 - Walled In

A trail at night, with no light? What could possibly go wrong? 
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Why might Madeline need to protect Thayer from their father? 
Now, is a perfect time to discuss mood. The author wants you to feel afraid, to feel worried. What details has she included to help you feel this way? Watch the below video to see more information about mood, and its companion term, tone.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which details add to the mood of fear? Include at least two pieces of evidence from the text. 

Chapter 28 - The Darkest Place in the World

Never seen a cactus before? Here are some saguaro cacti, native to Arizona.  (This annotation contains an image)
Emma is happy that Gabby is alive, but upset, because she hurt Gabby to begin with. 

Chapter 29 - The Aftermath

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What does the fact that Emma crawls into this crack say about her as a person? 
As Emma is being strangled, she is sure she knows who killed Sutton. Do you? 

Chapter 30 - Clever Little Bitches

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Because Sutton regrets what happened to Gabby, what type of character is Sutton? 

Chapter 31 - The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For

So Lili and Gabby weren't trying to kill Emma after all. Like many mysteries, we suspect them because they are red herrings. See below for more information about this literary device specific for mysteries.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The train charm is an example of a 
Just in case you forget that someone is out to kill Emma, here's a reminder. 

Chapter 32 - A Moment in Time

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How does Emma really feel about Ethan, as based on the highlighted text? 
Even though Emma is dynamic and has changed throughout the story, she still has issues with attachment to others.  
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Which part of the mystery genre is evident here? 
This can only be Thayer. But what does the flashback of hitting him with a car mean? 

Epilogue - A Moment in Time

The highlighted text explains that Sutton is an unreliable narrator. We cannot trust that the memories that she has are true.  
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