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Tell Me No Lies

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.
Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds in
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Zoë ☆
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
I don’t really know how I feel about this book. I really liked the setting, but the main character annoyed me a lot. The writing was okay, and story got better towards the end.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Look, I tried with this book, but if I am completely honest I saw it going downhill from the beginning.

What I Liked:
The main character, Lizzy, was basically me in high school. And I related quite hard. We were both the “nerdy” type, but not the trademark nerd. We had a very small social group and in terms of actually being a social person, we were not. We loved art, but couldn’t fathom pursuing it because our parents drilled it into us that art was a hobby, not a career. We were panning for coll
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Set in the 1980s Philadelphia, TELL ME NO LIES explores high school senior Lizzie’s coming of age through her friendships, love interest and career aspirations.

Adele Griffin’s writing and character development are always spot on, though not enough happened in TELL ME NO LIES to hold my interest. After graduating from college, I moved in Philly in 1985. I loved having visited many of the places she mentioned, drove the roads Lizzie and her friends did (even if she did have a more activ
Sarah Black
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise of this book, set in the 1980's with a nerdy girl who decided that she is in love with the sporty popular guy.

This book had a lot of real stuff in it and taught some valuable lessons. 

Overall to me the writing was just okay, it wasn't extraordinary and it wasn't bad either.  Which is about the same way to sum up the characters. I enjoyed Claire's character the best, but at times it felt like they were all trying too hard. 

This book had some graphic sexual scenes which
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for the free review copy

Lizzy Swift has always felt invisible. She isn’t part of the jocks or the popular kids. She feels barely noticed by her own best friends–but it’s senior year so she’s determined to end her high school career on a high note. Lizzy gets a perfect chance to start over when the new girl, Claire Reynolds, joins her AP art class. Suddenly she’s going to clubs, staying out late, and hanging out with a new group of friends. Tell Me No Lies, se
This was a toss-up between a middle 3 and a low 4 stars until the end, which was as beautiful and well-written as the rest of the book had been promising it wanted to be. Parts of this story were just SO fantastically written, and parts of it were trying too hard to be examples of cool, funky writing styles that really just made me feel like I'd skipped something and didn't know what was actually happening for a few paragraphs because it was so vague. At the same time, Adele Griffin absolutely h ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Not gonna lie /pffffff/ I signed up for this tour because of the cover because it’s 1980s and pleasing.

~I want to make this book cover the new theme for my life.~

The book is about a girl named Lizzy Swift and I’ve decided to pretend she’s 2006 Taylor Swift.

Lizzy is a senior in high school and decides to emerge from her “nerd chrysalis” (I have no idea what possessed her to want this,,,unless she wanted to power up to god-like levels of nerd)

and date sporty Matt

and be friends with Claire who love
Vicky Who Reads
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3 stars

I was so excited to read this when I got the chance to be a part of this blog tour, but I ended up losing interest as I continued along with reading the book.

It's got such a great premise: Lizzy is a girl with epilepsy and all she wants is to fit in with her new friends & boyfriend, the mysterious bad girl Claire who just moved here and Matt Ashley, the all-American boy who she's been dreaming of for years, respectively.

Plus, it's all set in the 80s and I just loved seeing some of t
Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages
Full review on: Flipping Through the Pages
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Trigger warnings: suicide, seizures, mentions of rape and AIDS

Tell Me No Lies is an entertaining read. It is set in late 80’s and follows the life of Lizzie, our MC, and the changes she is acquiring to. Lizzie has Epilepsy and she often fights with mild concussions and rare seizures. This is a secret she never wants to talk about with anyone because she was ashamed of it. When a new girl Claire enters her school, Lizzie finds a ne
Shannon Anicas
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By: Adele Griffin

Thank you to @algonquinbooks for the opportunity to read this book. #partner Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

Tell Me No Lies is a fantastic and authentic story that follows Lizzy and her senior year of high school. Ironically, it is the same time frame as my senior year, which added to the already accurate tale of cliques, jocks, geeks and the joy and heartbreak that is hig
Sammy Allen
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be honest, and real. a slow burning novel that kept me interested until the last page. I enjoyed the relationships amongst all the characters, even when I didn't agree with them, I found them to be realistic. So glad I was able to win and review this novel!
Alexis Neuville
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Mediocre contemporary novel about finding who you are, set in the 1980s. Read the full review on Literary Lexi.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
TELL ME NO LIES by Adele Griffin is a blast to the ‘80s past that is intriguing, fun and a perfectly nostalgic summer read.

Lizzy Swift is a perfectly well-behaved senior at an all-girls private school outside of Philadelphia. But Lizzy aches for a more exciting life, and the perfect opportunity to do so arrives with mid-fall semester transfer and senior Claire Reynolds, the mysterious niece of a rich recluse in their town. Lizzy and Claire become friends quickly, and Claire introduces Lizzy to t
Lost in Book Land
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to also thank Algonquin Young Readers for giving me an ARC of this book as well as sending me another one of Adele Griffin’s books. And without further ado here are my bookish thoughts! (P.S. you can see the unboxing for these books on my Insta)!

SPOILERS AHEAD***I want to say that this is a companion to Be True To Me but I read this book without reading that one first and I really loved this story! I went back and read the other and still loved it. So I think you could as well.

This is a s
Paperback Princess
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paperback Princess by: Fantastic Flying Book Club
I really enjoyed Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin. It's set in the 80s, me being an 80s model I really loved the references to that era. Tell Me No Lies is an authentic, deep and raw story of two very different girls, and how their differences somehow brought them together and what they learnt from each other. This is a powerful book and really touches on some very serious topics.

Lizzy is slightly unsatisfied with her boring life, she's the one to always have good grades, works at the local libr
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to be totally honest, and say that this book caught my attention because I liked the colours on the cover. Contemporaries can be hit or miss for me, but I was optimistic about it and dove in.

This book was a bit tricky to rate because there was nothing particularly memorable about the story. I found that I was always at arms-length with the characters, but I enjoyed the plot line and the characte
Tammy Dahle
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts: First,I loved that this story took place against the back drop of the 1980's. The reference to music,clothes and culture were fun. These were the days before selfies, text messages, and snap chat. The cover of the book looks light-hearted and makes it look like it's going to be a cotton candy read but, in all actuality it's filled with very complex characters. Each character carries a secret that can lead to heartbreak or shattered friendships.The main character Lizzy is extremely l ...more
Ms. Nguyen
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lizzy has always been a good student and good daughter, despite maybe wanting to be rebellious. Set in the 80s, Griffin tells the story of Lizzy as she navigates her first parties, first boyfriend, a new mysterious friend, and old friends-- all during her senior year.

The pacing of this book was not my favorite, but it did lend itself to be more realistic.. I think because of the awkward pacing. The relationship between Matt and Lizzy at first seemed like insta love, but it actually ended up bein
Jill Jemmett
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story about the struggles of growing up.

Everyone in this story has secrets. Some are more obvious than others, but they all lie about them. They don't want to have difficult conversations, so they lie about their problems, but that just makes them worse.

Lizzy's secret was that she is an epileptic. She didn't like to talk about it and never said the word epilepsy, but the girls at school knew about it because she had had a seizure at school years ago. The other characters' secrets
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
*Review originally posted here.

First off, this book is set in the 80's, which sounds super cool, but I didn't actually get an 80's vibe very much. To be honest, when it's mentioned about the yearbook I had completely forgotten about it up until that point. I would have loved a more nostalgic feel.
I've had a hard time figuring out if I truly liked Tell Me No Lies. I enjoyed reading it, yes but I couldn't commit to any one character, or theme. I would have loved to see more between Lizzy and The
Dee Price
This is a tale of friendships, romance, young love, self-discovery, betrayal, and most importantly acceptance. Lizzy Swift's life changes exponentially over her senior year. She metamorphosizes from wallflower to social butterfly partially thanks to her new friend, the reclusive Claire Reynolds and her hot new boyfriend, Matt Ashley.

Unfortunately, Lizzy's new life has come with a price as her grades have slipped, her parents are on her case and her old friends are becoming more and more distant.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read - it did drag at times but overall it was a good read. I felt like the author added a bit of fluff or filler throughout the story and at times it lost my interest for a little while. The characters were flawed and the reader could relate to that and to them, however, there were times that the reader had to just skim through parts to hold their interest.

The author shows the reader that even the best of friends have secrets and that those secrets are never good. Can the seizur
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....
Actual stars....4.5
Somehow I missed seeing that this was set in the late 1980's. It was a nice little surprise!!
What I loved: This wasn't by any means a typical YA book. It was so much more. It evoked the fear of AIDS, the beauty of life before social media and smartphones, and the thrill of the phone ringing and finding a place to steal away in the house for a private conversation. I won't took me a little bit to get i
Jennifer Shanahan
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
I used to live in Philly in the early 90's so I LOVED all the local references esp since it was the same time frame when I was there. The music references were also totally awesome as well!!! Lizzy is a solid main character, a fundamentally good person who has the normal teen fears and goals and is just trying to survive and be happy amid all the normal teen pressures which in her case also includes epilepsy. The story progressed a little too slowly for me, which made it border on boring at some ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Tell Me No Lies is a book where a lot happens, and yet nothing happens. It’s the story of a school year where the climax isn’t really that climactic, and things happen because things have to happen. This book gives you a lot to process – there’s an AIDS scare, a suicide, money issues, friends fighting, epileptic seizures, romance, sexuality crises, and an unhealthy “relationship” (that will piss you off). There’s so much going on that it’s almost like the book can’t focus on any one thing enough ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t know what I expected from this book. It’s not bad but it’s not as great as it could have been. The premise is an interesting one about Lizzy learning and discovering who she is and who she wants to be. I liked that she constantly pushed herself out of her comfort zone to meet her personal potential. I didn’t like how all the friendships seemed to be conditional. That Lizzy had to act and be a certain way in order to be liked. I agree with other reviewers that the story got better as the ...more
Shelley Thompson
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Tell Me No Lies begins with a moment in time for 8th grade Lizzy as she has a grand mal seizure at school. Fast forward to her senior year of high school as she navigates popularity, friends, and her long time crush, Matt. Friendship dynamics shifts as a new girl, Claire, has a big impact on Lizzy and helps change her perspective of life. Matt becomes a possibility, and an older brother comes into the picture. With art and 80's music, Tell Me No Lies is a realistic glimpse into the world of toda ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A slow paced story set in the 80s about a girl growing into herself and life during her high school senior year. Everyone has secrets but it seems drawn out in finding out and not affecting anyone else in a way it might.
I enjoyed the story but it was kind of slow and I felt like we missed out on everyone else with only one perspective.
Susan Sherman
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lies secrets, problems, all pile up on each other to create anger and hurt. When the truth comes out, it makes for a bond of unexpected friendship. The high school years are very challenging, but Griffin shows how persevering can be the best way. Thank you Adele Griffin for a thought provoking book.
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