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Tell Me Lies

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  11,046 ratings  ·  1,204 reviews
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 hap
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Atria Books
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Rebecca Holy CRAP, yes. And even more disturbing was the setting was at the same college I attended in California. That relationship ended 40 years ago, and w…moreHoly CRAP, yes. And even more disturbing was the setting was at the same college I attended in California. That relationship ended 40 years ago, and what happened as I was finishing the book? The ex finds and friends me on FB! I immediately emailed my college roommates (who lived through my drama back then). Crazy. I was totally triggered!(less)
Peaches YESSSS! I almost stopped reading in the beginning where Lucy prattled on about how all she needs is a little mascara, while her co-worker wore caked o…moreYESSSS! I almost stopped reading in the beginning where Lucy prattled on about how all she needs is a little mascara, while her co-worker wore caked on makeup, she has willpower over food, while her co-worker eats yogurt with sugar, she wanted to escape her preppy life she grew up in, but was the biggest cliche moving to NY to be a writer, etc. People keep writing on here that they wanted to tell Lucy to run, but she wasn't so great either!(less)

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Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
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“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”

This was such an addictive read. The blurb and that cover pulled me right in. I started the book and was finished a few hours later. Thankfully, I had no plans for the day. Groceries and cleaning house? Bah…they could wait!

2017 - Lucy Albright is on her way to a friend’s w
DNF at 160 pages
Jesus fucking Christ I can't even deal with any of the characters in this book. This is a "thrilling" coming-of-age story that follows this couple Stephen and Lucy. They are both from New York, but they are going to college in California, where they meet. This novel is told in their dual POV's. My main issue with this book is: Stephen. I'm not sure if I've ever hated a character more than I hate him. Lucy isn't my favorite character either, but holy fuck Stephen makes me want to
Larry H
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes we can't help loving a person who is utterly wrong for us. It's not that we might not have anything in common, or we come from different backgrounds—it's when we love a person despite the fact that they treat us horribly, and yet we keep coming back, pretending this time everything is going to be different.

Lucy is a freshman at Baird College, a small school in California. She's so happy to leave her stifling Long Island home behind, full of preppy social climbers and those with no ambi
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THANK YOU to Carola Lovering for getting me out of my book slump!! Oh my god I loved this. I LOVED IT. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering was so relatable to me that I read this in one day! Have you ever seen that meme where it’s a picture of a guy with a cell phone and the meme reads “hmm I haven’t talked to her in a few months, let me text her before she moves on”. That meme makes me laugh every time I see and it reminds me of this book.

Have you ever had anxiety while reading a book? Or your jus
Susanne  Strong
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

Have you ever met someone who is completely and utterly bad for you? It’s something you know and feel from the moment your eyes meet theirs - yet you are like a moth to a flame? Consumed.

When Lucy meets Stephen, his green eyes, piercing into her, she knows it from the start. She can feel it in every fiber of her being. He is no good for her, and yet she needs him, wants him and has to have him. When Stephen wants something, he gets it. For now, he wants Lucy, at least some of the time.
Elyse  Walters
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eyes were rolling -
Thoughts were evaluating-
This book made me feel old. It lowered my mood.....and somewhat my faith in humanity.

Expect drugs - sex - cheating - profanity- and dislikable characters.

While Russian literature was mentioned- ( the class was killing Lucy) — what was really occupying her mind had nothing to do with her college course load.
Slimball Stephen was her major course study.

As the reader of this book -I was the assigned TA - (teachers assistant), for Lucy during her colleg
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Just published in June 2018, Tell Me Lies is an in-depth examination of a young woman's toxic relationship with the wrong person, a guy she meets her first year in college and stays more or less entangled with over the next several years. If you've ever dealt with a sociopathic lover who's hard to give up, or known someone in that situation, or would just find it fascinating to see the same situations from the points of view of both the vulnerable partner and the user who has no mercy or conscie ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-w-mars, favorites
"People always talk about realizing they’re in love during the happy moments, but I think you realize it in the bad ones. The ones that knock you off center, scaring you when they prove that no matter what kind of logic is in your head, it’s what’s in your heart that determines fucking everything."

All I can say is that any book that can evoke so much anger and frustration in a reader (me!) has successfully accomplished what it set out to do.

This is the story of the completely unhealthy and toxi
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When I was in college, I made the rookie mistake of going out with someone who initially gave me "bad vibes." I ignored those vibes because the guy in question seemed nice enough and I liked his parents and we had a lot of the same interests. Later, I found out that he had never "officially" broken up with his ex-girlfriend, and since she was moving back to the state, he wanted to break things off. I was, of course - he offered, like thi
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
This book brought out many feels in me: nostalgia, regret, anger, but also strength and peace. Each chapter was more addicting than the one before and I could not wait to finish. I felt anxious all the way up until the end.

Before I get to it, I just have a message for Stephen DeMarco and all the other “Stephen DeMarco’s” out there:

Where was this song and Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together when I was younger? I feel like I would have made different deci
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering is one of those books that I really wanted to love, but I just couldn't. It took me awhile to get into, and when I was done I felt oddly disappointed.

Tell Me Lies is about a woman named Lucy Albright who we initially meet as a 20-something working in sales at an online publication called The Suitest in New York City. She really wants to be a journalist but was attempting to get her foot in the door by starting in sales. We learn that she is pretty blasé
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Full Disclosure: I never read a synopsis for this before I decided I had to read it. Full Disclosure 2.0: I 100% wanted this book as soon as I saw the cover . . . but I also 100% didn’t want it because of the cover. Tell Me Lies (from the cover alone) was a story that could have either gone really well for me . . . or gone terribly bad. Luckily . . . . .

“I know what I know. Lust and love erase ethical parameters, and that’s just th
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
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Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.

I will rarely be recorded saying this, and I know I will be in a very small majority, but I absolutely hated this book. It hurts me to say something so negative about a debut novel, but I just could not feel anything but happiness over finishing this story.

In such a character-driven novel, completely loathing the main characters makes liking the book nearly impossib
Jamie Rosenblit
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jamie Rosenblit by: Shannon
I devoured this book in under 24 hours and I really need more now. From the first pages, Lucy is heading to Soul Cycle in her Lululemon leggings after a night out at the William Vale hotel in Brooklyn and I’m like THIS GIRL COULD BE ME. Then, I find out Lucy grew up on Long Island (same) and in college meets Stephen, a man who is not in her league looks wise but manages to win her over. But Stephen is really just the worst!

Told in alternating perspectives of both Lucy and Stephen, you will want
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Narcissistic and sociopathic men always manage to see which women are their easiest prey. They don't even have to really be anything completely horrible - no physical abuse, no kicking kittens, just there on the spectrum... doing everything on their terms. And it seems completely logical to them. What the author does here is put us right into the mind of one of these men and one of the many women he's preyed upon. The thing about men like this is that they feel no guilt, they have no true feelin ...more
✨ A ✨

This book was totally not what I was expecting. I expected that Stephen would be a jerk, but a lovable one. Especially since every second chapter was in his point of view. But no, Stephen is a jerk (and every other terrible word I can't think of right now) FULL STOP.

For the first half of the book I was a bit confused and I didn't see where the plot was taking me.

This is not a fluffy/happy read. Lucy will make you angry with her stupid decisions. And Stephen's manipulative nature will make you
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

WARNING. This book is NOT a love story. This book is not romantic. This book is like a psychological soap opera on paper. And it recounts the toxic relationship between two people who, just like the blurb says, can’t let go even though they know they should.

Watching this story unfold and their ‘relationship’ unravel was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. And though I hate to admit it, I’ve been Lucy. I’ve dated a Stephen. And reading about this girl fall for this master manipulator but
Hi everyone—this will be my first blog tour post ever, so I'd like to thank Atria Books for choosing me to participate!

I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you how real, honest, and raw Tell Me Lies is. Lucy Albright, young Long Island twenty-something year old has moved across the country to California to enroll in college. Embracing her new chapter at life, Lucy makes new friends, enjoys the college lifestyle of partying while balancing school work, and venturing into romance. Lucy stumble
Jun 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just could not get over my strong dislike for both main characters :(
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
This book was wild. This book took me right back to college, to a time where hormones and alcohol and insecurities rolled out the red carpet for bad decisions and toxic relationships. I feel like every one of us has been a Lucy at some point, or a Diana, or a Pippa. And we all know a Stephen, unfortunately. And as brutal as it is to take this journey with Lucy, as frustratingly clear as our own hindsight reveals her path to us, we've still all been there, wanting something that is so terribly wr ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Tell Me Lies is not your typical romance novel, not even close. It’s an intense exploration of a twisted relationship between two people who have no business being together. Reading it is like watching a car accident, it’s sickening, devastating and makes you feel gross even looking at it but you CANNOT help but stare.

This is told from both Lucy and Stephen’s viewpoints and starts in 2017 then switches back to 2010 and works it’s way forward until the timelines merge. This was a super compu
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Do not be fooled by this gorgeous cover. This book was rough.

I started off decently interested in these characters, I mean, who hasn't wasted their time on an awful relationship with a person that doesn't deserve you? But by page 200, I literally hated everyone.

The incident between Lucy and her mom would be upsetting to anyone, but Lucy took it to such an extreme that you didn't even feel any sympathy for her. And I love a good villain, but Stephen was such a piece of shit, I wanted him to get
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
A Waste of Money

Unfortunately I was lead astray by the great reviews. This book was pure content and writing. The writing was so trite and juvenile, I had a hard time even finishing it. I try to always finish a book I pay for but finishing this one was excruciatingly painful. Leave it.
Joycelin Hunter
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Tell Me Lies" is truly a page-turner. I read the entire thing on a 6 hour flight from NYC to SF!

Everyone can relate to having once loved/lusted/cared for the wrong person. We've all had feelings for someone that logically we know we shouldn't have, but cannot help ourselves anyway. In Lucy's case, she has fallen in love/lust with the maniacal Stephen, a character who has been drawn out with exquisite depth and detail. The dual narrative gives us a detailed insight into his thoughts, which were
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh...I wanted to love this one. I did in the beginning. It brought me back to my college years and in so many ways could I identify with Lucy. But then she completely went off the rails and I was just totally irritated with her. Plus, the way she treated her mother was deplorable and wrong. Stephen....he was a complete POS who in my opinion is the epitome of The main character from American Psycho. I wanted more from the epilogue too. I liked the author’s writing but when you have such unlikeab ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Tell Me Lies” is a novel that exemplifies a male dating predator and how he “grooms” his subject. It’s a story that proves how an at-one-time confident young woman can be manipulated into an insecure, needy woman. It’s a story of stormy and passionate relationships.

The story is told with two first person protagonist. Lucy starts the story, living in NYC as a single woman, about to go to a wedding of a college girlfriend. She’s nervous about going, and we learn it’s because a guy she’s had an in
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to Atria Books for my free copy of TELL ME LIES by Carola Lovering - all opinions are my own.

I could not put this book down! The story spans seven years of a very tumultuous, on again, off again, relationship between Lucy Albright and Stephen DeMarco. They meet in college in California, where Lucy is studying journalism to be a travel writer and Stephen, political science, to one day become a lawyer. The chapters alternate between the two, which makes for a compulsive read. Th
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I only finished this book so I could say I didn't like it with more authority! I didn't like it! Chronicles a toxic relationship between two insufferable characters. The story is mostly these two people having the same conversations repeatedly over several years. It is way too long. The boyfriend character, Stephen, really gave me the heebie jeebies. It was not fun to read about him. I know that's the idea, but Lucy doesn't really have any redeeming qualities either. It reads sort of like a bad ...more
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Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lovering is an auto-buy author for me now.

This took me back to my college days. Almost everyone has that bad boy that messes with their head. Thankfully I managed to tell mine to take a hike after 3 months. Poor Lucy went years and it wasn’t because she didn’t have the support system because she had great friends.

I love having both the POV of Stephen and Lucy. It’s easier to understand them and their complexities. While you want to shake Lucy at times and scream “STOP torturing yourself”, you k
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tell Me Lies

Carola Lovering

TELL ME LIES is a mind blowing read that will pull you in from the very first page and never let you go. Carola Lovering grabs the reader by the throat and reminds us all what dating was like back in college. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop. I was flipping the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Lucy! Will she ever let go of her past with Stephan and move on?

TELL ME LIES is told in two POV, Lucy and Stephan, who
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Carola Lovering is the author of TELL ME LIES (Atria Books) and TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (St. Martin's Press). She attended Colorado College, and her writing has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.

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