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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you BookSparks, PopSugar, and Atria Books for the gifted copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All Opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
Let me start by saying, I’ve done the toxic relationship before, I was “in love” with a guy who made me feel beautiful, and special, and important, but beneath all the charm and flatter, he was a terrible guy. Reading this book, I felt like I was reading chapters based on my own life. I’ve been both versions of Lucy (minus the drug choices). Also, for those with sensitivity to drug use, cursing, and sexual scenes, proceed with caution.
I loved Lucy, Jackie, Pippa, and Bree. They were such a realistic group of friends, I think everyone needs people like this in their lives. Stephen was a scumbag, just a vile narcissistic, sociopath, and I couldn’t wait for Lucy to pull her head out of her a$$ and realize that. That was what drove me nuts in this book, is that Lucy was a doormat and she never had an issue with it, she just kept on waiting for the fairytale.
There are a couple little plot twists in this book, and I think they were so well-balanced, and I loved where they occurred, there was legitimately no dull moments while reading it.
I loved Lovering’s writing style, and her character development. I also kind of loved and hated that a character in this book got away with something really terrible. It was a unique choice, and not something many authors would do, I am curious what other readers felt about this.
I cannot wait to read more of Lovering’s books, and this was a fantastic debut, I look forward to what she comes up with next!