Even When You Lie to Me
Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the ...more
For a book with a topic this controversial, this was almost criminally boring. And I still don't get why the blurb compares this to John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Lauren Oliver. Grrrr.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher.
The copy is wrong in some ways, but so right in others: It's comparable to John Green and Sarah Dessen when they're ON (Fault, Will Grayson and Truth about Forever), but still pales in comparison (and I enjoy both greatly). Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (which is still her best book to date) is a close second, but this debut is beyond better ...more
After finishing this novel I really don’t know how to feel. It wasn’t terrible, I didn’t hate it, no; however I didn’t like it either and I wouldn’t recommend it.
If you’re like me and have a slight obsession with teacher/student novels, I say skip this one. I feel like the author wanted to write something taboo, but was afraid to go too far. In general, basically nothing happens in this book. I kind of wanted more drama.
Now, the main reason this didn’t entirely work out for me is beca ...more
Probably one of the worst books I've had my hands on this year. It was simply nausea inducing. The main character, Charlie, was exceedingly immature (even for a teenager) and pathetic. All she cared about was that she was't pretty and she didn't have a swarm of guys fighting over he ...more
I put this down 5 times. I closed my eyes or got off the bed to pace for a while. It put a fire in my lungs, constricted my throat and burned my stomach.
I don't share everything with Charlie. There are enough differences to give me some space. But the similarities...god, to be reincarnated as a teenager would be hellish.
This novel encapsulates parts of adolescence that I so rarely see written without condemnation or condescension: humiliation, self-loathing, trust, jealous ...more
"The day after I turned eighteen was the day Mr. Drummond left for good."
This is one of your typical forbidden attraction between a teacher and a student. However, if you're looking forward to reading something sexy, hot and heavy - then this one will quite disappoint you. I'll recommend Unteachable instead. If you are looking for a fluffy student-teacher romance then go read Slammed. Because this book may be your typical taboo book but it's also kinda different from the others. I don't get ...more
You had this amazing story in your hands that you could have turned into this amazing book but you just went for the typical and dull YA novel instead. That pisses me off. It actually makes me want to punch myself in the face. Several times. How could you murder so much potential? I literally wanted to knee on and yell dramatically WHY?! at God because your book made me feel so frustrated. So yeah. I did not like your book. To be completely honest, I hated every minute of this read. ...more
This is Jessica's only novel and I can't wait until she comes out with more. She has gained a most devoted fan after reading this beauty of a story and I don't know where to go from here. I still can't believe just how much this book spoke to me. Not only was it about my favorite taboo trope ever but I also connected with the character in such a deep level that we minus well could've been the same pe ...more
Well, this book left me conflicted. From one side I absolutely loved it, from the other side I hated it a little. But this book made me feel and whether these feelings were good or bad it doesn't matter because it left it's mark on me.
From the summary this book sounds like a regular forbidden teacher-student romance, but it isn't - this book is actually a drama. MC Charlie is a typical teenager: she's shy, self-conscious, she thinks she's ugly especially compared to her beautiful...more
But this book did a really good job of exploring the dangers of a minor and non-minor relationship, especially with the added taboo of a teacher, student relationship and emotional abuse and manipulation.
A very conflicting read.
Extreme conte ...more
I've seen this book all over instagram so I looked it up and it sounded interesting and I like the cover so I was thinking about buying the physical copy (I got really into owning physical books again and let me tell, it's way too expensive..) and I'm so glad that I decided not to waste my precious space on my bookshelves and money I'd have to pay for the hardcover.
Because this book was such a disappointment. It's about a girl who's insecure, immature and selfish. Her BFF is loudmout ...more
Characters - 17/20
Creativity - 17/20
Writing - 15/20
Pace - 8/10
Ending - 7/10
82/100 = B+
I HAVE FINISHED A BOOK! it's been what? 2 weeks? WHAT. EVEN. this is the kind of result school has on you. I'm glad that this book was able to pull me out of this slump and that I had enough will power to begin it in the first place cus man I was struggling! I started out this book not liking it. about 100 pages in the story started to get more intense to a point I didn't want to stop readi ...more
I usually give a book 3 stars if I don't like it...so...
Anyways, this book needs to come with a warning label. It explores the painfully awkward story of a student-teacher relationship, even justifying the existence of one. This book...*shudders* will scar you, no matter how dirty you already are. It is extremely proactive, and I wouldn't even recommend it to high school students, much less middle schoolers.
I think that censorship is useless, because wh ...more
In the story of my life, this far, I had two crushes on my teachers. One was in High school, with my civics teacher and another one in college with my English teacher. They were both sweet and very handsome. But one was stupid and the other one had a girlfriend, so...
Anyhow, to the book....
I don't know what to say about it.The story between a student having a crush on a teacher and acting on it, has been a fantasy of mine, but then letting go? ...more
Its hard to review a book where I have mixed feelings about.
But lets start with the positive okay?
Since that is always nicer!!
The writing was good. It was solid and consistently throughout the entire story. Never changed style or pacing.
There was a different kind of main girl –not the overconfident blond hair, model height beautiful cheerleader and super smart as well , of course!; but rather an apparently ugly not really thin girl. We also had the typical blond smart girl –she was th ...more
EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME is not the story you will expect, after reading the blurb.
It is not a novel about a predatory teacher who takes advantage of a vulnerable student.
It is not the story of a blameless victim, who nobody understands.
EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME isn't even most about a student in a teacher.
Charlie has issues. She has a chip on her shoulder. She feels like an outsider in school and at home, but fails to see her contribution to her situations. An introvert, she's mismatched ...more
Okay, let's see. Charlie, is in her senior year. She's kind of an introvert. She's young and unsure of herself. This plays heavily in her crush on her English teacher, Mr. Drummond. He's sickeningly smart, and funny. He is attractive, and I'm assumi ...more
and that's how I picked this one up
In the end I sort of got what I wanted. There was tension, a build up, a life beside the tension going on, but...
it just didn't go anywhere. All the pain just didn't matter, the final give in to the feelings was waaaaaaaay too short. If you build up all this tension, you can' ...more
From the moment that my friend recommended this to me, I couldn't wait to read it. Once I got it, I jumped right in. I loved the story. I loved the slow build of it, how they got to know each other. I liked the characters (except the horrible best "friend" that should have been pushed off a cliff).
What I hated was the ending. I guess, in a sense, there's a happy ending. But it wasn't the happy ending I wanted! For me, there was no HEA. And I have a huge problem with that. I read romance novel ...more
Charlie was an annoying character. She was excessively shy (with no apparent reason), and didn't really make an effort to change it. Overall, she is not someone I'd like to be friends with. She is selfish in several moments, which really doesn't help her case.
In fact, come to think of it, this book was full of annoying characters.
Plotwise, this was also frustrating. It could have been so much more. Instead, it just peters out. This book's only saving grace i ...more
Even When You Lie to Me touches on a very sensitive topic. Student-Teacher relationships are not unheard of. But most of them end extremely bad, mainly for the teacher. Sometimes people forget that teachers are people too. They make mistakes and don't always use proper judgement. I actually see no problem with a Student-Teacher relationship if the student is 17-18, they BOTH have feelings for each other and consent, and if the teacher is truly interested in a relations ...more
Even When You Lie to Me is a book that I've been eyeing for a while. Like Erica said in her review, I was expecting
and hoping for some kind of Aria/Ezra vibe based off the summary. And like Erica, I got my hopes up for a forbidden romance.
This was a VERY easy book to read, Alcott's writing is so smooth that it's easy to get caught up in and before you realize it, you've read more than you expected. I loved that aspect of this book. And even though I'm rating this a 3.5, it still brought me...more
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Even When You Lie to Me is her first novel.