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The Lies We Tell

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  34 reviews

The Lies We Tell is a coming-of-age novel set in 1974, after the Watergate scandal has left the country grappling with an unnerving sense of deceit. Thirteen-year-old Martie Wheeler, whose father has suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack, is consumed by nagging questions: How could the president lie? How does a healthy heart just stop one day? Could hers do the same? To

Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services LLC (first published September 24th 2015)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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This book tugs at the heartstrings. Martie is a thirteen-year-old little girl who's dad has died of a heart attack. She gets obsessed with heart attacks and always telling her mom and her older sister Blaire that she thinks she's having one. She can tell you every little thing there is to know about a heart attack :-(

Martie also becomes obsessed with these two little girls (The Hanley girls is what they go by) that were taken from the mall. Now, there is
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Martie Wheeler is a normal thirteen year old girl dealing with tragedy and loss after the death of her father. She's anxious but keeping it all inside as her older sister Blaire has been acting out and fighting with their mother so Martie wants to be the good daughter.

Their mother decides it would be best to move across the country to give the family a fresh start. Before leaving Martie learns of the kidnapping of two young girls around her age and the thought of what could happen to them also
Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* The Lies We Tell was full of pure and raw emotion. I really enjoyed reading from Martie's point of view, as I don't often come across books written from a the POV of a thirteen year old. It was so interesting to see her mix of characteristics, she was innocent and naive and yet at times mature beyond her years, after having to deal with so much from her family and the inner anxiety and devastation caused but her fathers death. I didn't know what to expect from this but despite it's ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the purest kind of love, that love that keeps people together as a family.
Beautifully written. You'll fall in love with every single character.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC copy throught Netgalley (many thanks btw)

This was an enjoyable read, easy to read.
I really liked the characters, even if they were being hysterical, and telling lies.

The book gives you a great look into the family life of that era, keeping in mind that a lot of things are hidden and not talked about.
But it also shows that we, humans, need to talk more openly to each other, help each other through hard times, deal with loss together.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lies, insidious creatures families invent with the intention of protecting the fragility of their loved ones. Everyone knows you can't keep the heartbreaking heaviness of reality from your child forever.
The 70's as a setting is what captured my attention. The nostalgia for a time free of internet and easy access is exactly what is needed for this story to work. For teenagers, this is a lovely read about family. With her mind on the recent, shocking disappearance of two local sisters in her
This was a story about a 13 year old girl growing up in the 70's dealing with her father's death. She finds uncovers truths about the death. I guess family thinks these lies they tell is to protect the children but sometimes it brings on a whole different type of issues! This was fast story to read of the girl obsessed with the national news (Watergate and the president lied), local news (two girls missing from the local mall) and heart problems (dad's heart attack). I did like reading about the ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*received a copy from netgallery in exchange for an honest review*

really fascinatingly raw
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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13-year-old Martie's father has died suddenly of a heart attack, which changes everything. Mom, a real estate agent, is barely managing to soldier on while Blaire, Martie's older sister, is busy with her boyfriend Danny. With the intention of leaving the bad memories behind and starting over, Mom moves them away from suburban D.C. to Milwaukee and a lakefront house.

Martie is a generous and observant narrator who shares her anxieties and many questions. She comments on her new surroundings, her
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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Amazon and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Thirteen year old Martie Wheeler's life changes suddenly, when her father dies and her mom moves her and her sister Blaire to Milwaukee. Desperately lonely for her hometown in Maryland, Martie forges a long distance phone connection with the girl that has moved into her house. Martie is full of anxiety over her father's death, over the two girls who went missing from a Maryland mall shortly
Tori (Book Chick)
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was a coming of age story about 13 year old Martie, her older sister, Blaire, and her mom, as they try to regroup and start again after the death of their dad/husband. Martie gets a little obsessive about the fact that her dad died of a heart attack. She learns all she can about heart attacks and is paranoid of having one herself. She also tries her hand as a jr. sleuth when 2 sisters (the Hanley girls) go missing. With the death of her dad, moving to another state, new home, new
Pleasant Oliver
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best descriptions of teenage grief and the turmoil that besets a household when their father is killed in an accident I have ever read. The web of family secrets and lies that boil to the surface after the grieving family seeks a "geographic cure" in Wisconsin are daunting, but Martie, the distraught heroine, endures her first Wisconsin winter and the metaphorical darkness of her suffering to grow stronger and more able to face the challenges ahead.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick easy read - high school level is target and dience but truth is this... It is a great read for anyone who went to high school in the 1970s. Very well thought out and written, could not put it down, suspenseful and on target! Sad and depressing at times - like real life.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lies We Tell by Jamie Holland is an emotional drama seen through the eyes of it's main character as she unravels the truth from the lies she is led to believe in. I picked up The Lies We Tell and did not put it down until four and a half hours later. Considering that this is not exactly my kind of book to begin with, this is quite a feat.

"...It'll be okay,' I told her, awkwardly placing my hand on her back. Some people just knew what to do in those moments. Robin's mom would say something
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This had an interesting premise, though the family secret mentioned in the synopsis was not the way I thought it would go.

It dealt with a difficult subject: the death of a family member, and how those behind learn to move on and handle things. It was handled with care, certainly: the idea, often expressed in fiction or even by well-meaning people in real life, that you can just move on quickly and pick up your life like nothing changed, like your foundations don't need to be rebuilt, was
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Thanks to Amazon and NetGalley, I received an ebook copy of this book for free to review.)

My actual rating would be a 3.5-3.75 stars

Martie, our main character is plagued with anxiety that is very similar to the type I deal with on an everyday basis. Right from the beginning I could relate to her on a very personal level.Her anxieties where clearly brought about by the sudden death of her father, from a heart attack. She seems to have obsessive thoughts about bad things happening out of the
Thank you to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it!

Initially I felt I was too old for this book. Its told from the perspective of a very young teenager, and I wasnt sure that the emotional pull was there. I came away from the end of the book feeling differently yes, the heroine is somewhat childish, but the message here is disconcerting, raw and intimate.

At the centre of The Lies We Tell is Martie Wheeler, a young girl rocked by the sudden
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley!

This book really pulled at my gut. I was attracted to it firstly because of its setting in the 70s. My parents are both children of the 70s--my dad was actually the same age as Martie in 1974--and I've grown up hearing their stories, so it was a lot of fun for me to read a book set in the 70s. I really enjoyed the author's references to news and products/brands; they make the time much more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Netgalley book in a while, so I was excited to get my hands on The Lies We Tell. It sounds interesting - a little mystery in a unique time in history.


I loved the time period. I don't think I have read a book that was based in the 70s in a long time. It was fun to have the Nixon administration and Watergate woven into the story.
I have gone through some of the things that Martie experienced, definitely not in the same way, but I think that it helped me relate to her
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not effect my opinion of the book or my review.

In The Lies We Tell, Holland deftly explores the heady topics of loss, grief, truth, and lies.

Set in 1974, Martie and Blaire have just lost their father, and their mother has moved them to Wisconsin for a fresh start. Martie is obsessed with the symptoms of a heart attack (what her mother told her her father died from), as well as the case of two sisters who
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.

This book centres around Martie Wheeler, a thirteen year old girl, whose mother decides to move the family to another city following the sudden death of Marties father. Martie begins to suspect that the circumstances surrounding her fathers death may not be what she was led to believe.

A book aimed at young adults, I worried that I would not be able to identify with the thirteen year old narrator, however, Jamie
Renny Barcelos
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Lies We Tell can destroy us. Thats the most important truth this poignant little novel carries.

This story takes place in a different era. In a time when psychiatrists and depression were tabu and the notion that trauma cannot be simply denied and shoved under the rug wasnt recognized. A time before PSTD wasnt recognized at large and didnt even have a name and all you had was the, get over it speech. Not that were completely better now but in comparison weve improved immensely.

The author has
Michelle Kidwell
The Lies We Tell by Jamie Holland


Literary Fiction, Teens & YA

Pub Date Sep 23, 2015

I was given a copy of The Lies We Tell through the Publisher and there partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

Martie is growing up in the 1970s the same year Nixon is impeached her Mother, her and her Sister move to a house in Wisconsin. A house on the lake a house that neither Martie or her sister Blair had any idea they could afford

It is in Wisconsin that Martie
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Thank you netgalley for the chance to read this book.

This book was fairly short, but it touched on some pretty deep topics. Marty is the main character. She's 13, but I felt like she was closer to 10 or 11 most of the time for some reason. Just in the way she was written. Her father died and her mom decided to move her and her sister to Wisconsin. Each of them are dealing with the death in a different way. Marty becomes obsessed with heart attacks and a case back home with two missing teenage
Tanya Grech Welden
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Susan Angela Wallace
The lies we tell by is a mystery and thriller read and teens ya read.
Its 1974 in suburban Maryland, and Martie Wheeler is consumed by anxiety. Her father has just dropped dead from a heart attack, two girls have disappeared from the local mall, and President Nixon has turned out to be the liar of the century. With no outlet for expressing her feelings, Marties teenage angst is magnified by the sense of deceit hovering over both the country and her home.
When her mother moves the family to
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martie's world has been turned upside down with the death of her father. Her mom and sister keep telling her that her dad died from a heart attack, but Martie feels like something is just not right. She keeps searching to find the truth while also dealing with the normal things teenagers deal with, including a big move to another state. This book focuses on how the family is healing during this terrible time in their life. The author's story line was written well except a few times throughout my ...more
Lisa-Marie Forge
I received this for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I didn't love this book. That being said, I read it in a day so it was definitely a page turner.

I think it was mostly because I didn't identify with the characters so I didn't overly like them. I know it's young adult lit. And I'm 24. But martie seemed very young and naive to the world and it was difficult to overly like her.

The book does tackle real life problems and anxiety is something pretty much any young (or old)
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-told story set in 1974. I had to keep reading to find out what had really happened as 14 year old Martie struggles with her father's recent heart attack and obsesses about two young girls who had been kidnapped from a local mall. She does not understand how her seemingly healthy father could have had a heart attack and reads about the symptoms and questions her mother repeatedly. Things are not adding up, and eventually, she learns why. I received this book free to review from ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a fast and easy read without being short of depth. You feel fully immersed while reading this book from the characters, to the setting, to the plot. My only problem is that while everything is wrapped up in the end I wanted more. I wanted to keep going with this story and find out what happens next. Looking forward to future books from this author.
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