Tell Me Lies Book Review

August 6, 2018 / 0 comments

Tell Me Lies Book ReviewTell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
on June 12th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.

With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.

Angie’s Thoughts:

It has taken 6 days to finish this book. 6 days that I won’t get back. I hate writing negative reviews. I think authors work hard and it’s not my place to criticize them but then there’s this thing I live by about being 100% honest in all my reviews. So here we go..

I’ll start off by what I liked about it. I liked Lucy sometimes. I liked her about 1/4 of the time and the rest I couldn’t stand her. She needed to grow up and I pray that girls her age aren’t that immature because if they are then there’s no hope for the future of our women.

I get the parts of her going back to Stephen after heartbreak after heartbreak. I had a Stephen and it’s hard to break away from someone like that easily. What I hated was that she would justify why she was the other woman. I didn’t realize I was going to be reading a book about cheating or I wouldn’t have picked it up. I lost any respect I had for her after that point.

Stephen is a sociopath. My Steven was too. I think that’s what made me hate this book even more was because he was so much like my ex it was pathetic. Instead I was Alice not Lucy. A Lucy saved me from my hell so there’s that.

I’m just going to end my review saying this: Tell Me Lies is not a book for me or anyone that hates cheating in books as this was one gigantic ball of cheating. It’s also a book you should read yourself if that doesn’t bother you to base your own opinions. This one hit too close to home and I sadly couldn’t get into it like I would have wanted.

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About Carola Lovering

Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. In addition to writing, Carola teaches yoga at CorePower. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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