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The Good Lie

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Maybe it’s like any story you think you know. You like to go back to the beginning and see if it really happened the way you remember. Back before the death, disaster, betrayal, lies, the lawyers, the perjury, your little brother accusing you of murder—

Lizzie Aimes has been raised to be honest. Pure. Obedient.

But right now she seems to be the only person playing by those r
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 2014 by Ryer Publishing
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Feb 09, 2014 lvreader rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults
Recommended to lvreader by: My friend
"The Good Lie" is a riveting story that exposes the gripping details of a young high school girl's life; who is coping with her parents' divorce, her awakening sexuality, and her understanding of truth versus fiction and what is just and unjust. The incorporation of the symbolic Bible stories throughout is brilliant and shows the depth of this writer's storytelling skills. Some of the situations may appear somewhat harsh or graphic at first, but they are necessary to expose the important message ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
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The Good Lie is a dark, haunting, compelling story of a broken family. While each member of the family might have their own story to tell, their own version of events, readers get Lizzie Aimes' story. Since Lizzie, at times, questions her interpretation of her family's MESS, it's only natural for readers to entertain a doubt or two as well. Lizzie, when we first meet her, is quite charming. Readers see her preparing for prom with her best friend, Posie. Her younger brother, Mikey, is hanging ...more
Dan Absalonson
Aug 01, 2014 Dan Absalonson rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. Not an easy one to read in some ways, but also not easy to put down. The issues dealt with in this book are pretty heavy. I don't want to spoil anything but lets just say family turmoil. It's not a book you just pick up for some light reading, but it is a page turner.

It's a real intimate story as it unfolds told in first person. It feels like reading the main character Lizzie's diary. I am by no means the target audience for this book, but if a man in his 30s enjoyed it I
Apr 19, 2014 Juli rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love the writing style of this author, and this book met expectations. One of my favorite things about this book is the way Brande weaves bible stories in between chapters in a mix of foreshadowing and introspection.

On the positive side - I was able to read this book in less than 24 hours, I didn't want to put it down, and it wasn't predictable. It dealt with hard issues - divorce, abuse, betrayal, family - in a blunt but not indelicate way. It was real, and the confusion and murkiness presen
Pauline Tilbe
Feb 11, 2014 Pauline Tilbe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie's life turns upside down on what she thought was just another day. Robin Brande weaves a story that made it difficult to work, sleep, think. The link of Bible teachings throughout the book was something I didn't expect but worked beautifully. I don't often read YA. In fact, I've only read YA by Brande. The way she tells the story is easy to understand, easy to visualize. Narrated from the prospective of a teenager helps you understand the impact of decisions and stress, responsibilities ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: F

Have you ever felt tricked into a book buying a book by misleading information? That's how a felt reading THE GOOD LIE. Nowhere in the description do are we told this is a novel steeped in a christian bible, that in at least 30% of the book the narrator uses uses bible stories as allegories for her narration.

THE GOOD LIE does a disservice to every child who has been sexually abused with a misguided protagonist and her best friend sidekick who enthralled by bringing sexual predators to j
Julie Bumgarner Hinojos
May 10, 2014 Julie Bumgarner Hinojos rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Well written. I felt as though I was reading Lizzie's diary. Thru many twists and turns the reader has insight to the confusing feelings of teenagers trying to do the right thing while sometimes not being sure what the right thing is. A great read, I would recommend this book for teens as well as adults. Many thanks to the author Robin Brande for sending me a signed copy won thru goodreads give away!
Jan 17, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it
Like others, I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. It definitely wasn't what I expected. I will say that I looked forward to reading it and wanted to see how the story line progressed. I have read one of Brande's other books, Fat Cat, and was put off by the similarities. Both have an utterly perfect, mature, gorgeous, too-cool-for-school best friend, and both have a hyper-intelligent, hyper-cool, hyper-attractive love interest. It makes me wonder if Brande is capable of rendering a ...more
Sep 26, 2016 kb rated it it was amazing
I'm in between a dozen books but I found this and decided to halt all my Currently-Reading. It took me only two hours to finish this whole book, and believe me it wasn't because it was an easy read and I breezed through it, but because it was something I HONESTLY and COMPLETELY did not expect from Robin Brande and it BLEW ME AWAY.

-That Robin Brande gets better and better every time. Her books, Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature and Fat Cat , are two of my favorite YA novels, no
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This book challenged me emotionally and intellectually. I'm going to start off by saying I did not like this story, because it made me extremely uncomfortable, which is why I'm going to highly recommend that you read it. Read it now. It is a brilliant, nuanced novel about a religious girl who deals with issues outside of and at odds with her religious experience. I thought the author did an amazing job of both respecting religion through her main character's eyes while at the same time laying ...more
May 04, 2014 Kimberlee rated it liked it
I picked three stars because I somehow simultaneously liked and disliked this novel. It was well written & interesting. I read it in one sitting, so obviously it held my attention. However, it wasn't even remotely what I was expecting, and the focus on sex was overwhelming to me.

If Lizzie wasn't thinking about sex, she was flirting with the idea of having it, or sex was happening in other horrifying ways. Perhaps, I disliked this because it made me so incredibly uncomfortable. In a way that
Nov 05, 2014 Anica rated it really liked it
Well, that was quite a ride. I went into this book with no real synopsis to go off of and that fact made me enjoy the story more. The beginning of the novel is stronger than the end, but overall it is a very captivating tale.

Very few likeable characters in the story but some how that made it better considering the topic. I enjoyed the bible references and believe they added to Lizzie's character development. I got a real sense of who she was based on the way she interpreted these stories from t
May 29, 2014 Patti rated it liked it
***Received via Goodreads giveaway***

An interesting premise that brings up a question I still ask myself. Could I tell that lie in that situation?

The writing wasn't bad. I wasn't crazy about all the biblical references, even though they somewhat fit within the framework of the story.

The thing that probably lowered the grade for me was the existence of Tessa. With nothing more than a brief throwaway line about her early in the book, she becomes a major plot point at the end. A little bit of fore
May 05, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Okay. Well. Here I am again, from a year ago, editing my review.
This book is so heartbreaking and inspiring. The characters are marvelously developed while being understandably simple in their own ways. This book is also great at quoting and connecting to the Bible in a way that goes great with the book — a must read for a Christian. I'm not going to go into detail about the plot itself so as to not spoil anything, but this book is well worth the read.
Robin Brande is a goddess of the craft. Although this is quite a different flavor from her usual fare, she comes through brilliantly with this hard-hitting, realistic and suspenseful read. Many, many issues are tackled in this book. I love that it asks tough questions and leaves no easy answers. Profanity and adult situations make this a better choice for older teens and new adults, but everyone--EVERYONE--should read this book.
Mar 01, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
This was hard to put down. It's one of the rare books where I really disagreed with the main character's actions but it was intriguing nonetheless. And that is probably the point of the book, the difficult choices you make in life and their consequences. At the end, I didn't like Lizzie. But I appreciated her story.
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