Liar & Spy by Rebecca SteadAdolescent Fiction
It was a very strange book about some very strange characters that got stranger the farther I read.
The main character is Georges who has just been downgraded in his lifestyle and moved to a new apartment. Georges soon meets his neighbor, Safer. Safer, the result of hippy parents and a lax home schooled life who has named himself, is a boy his same age but miles ahead in weirdness. Safer has a spy club of one and pressures Georges to join him. While Georges really wants to have Safer as a friend, he has some serious reservations about him--Safer's secrecy and mysteriousness border on the obsessive; he has no problem committing crimes and encouraging Georges to commit them in spite of (and, apparently, without considering) the consequences and risk of personal harm; he is rather cruel to his family members; he's a pathological liar and he only hangs out with Georges when he wants something. Why Georges wants to be friends with him at all is a bit murky.
It was an okay book but it never really got any better than that for me. I have never read any of Stead's other books so I'm not sure what to expect from this author. I did really like the two mysteries in the book. I didn't even know something subversive was going on and then--BOOM! Two surprises that made me want to reread the book and look for clues. It has won several awards.