Lies You Never Told Me
Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn't sure she's up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye--someone she knows she absolutely should ...more
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My Experience: I started reading Lies You Never Told Me on 4/15/18 and finished it on 4/24/18 at 12:30 AM. This book is an awesome read! I l ...more
Elyse is a shy girl that lives with her drug addicted mother in Portland, OR. Her best friend Brynn has been acting since she was a little a girl and with her help Elyse becomes interested in their schools theater program. Romeo and Juliet is the upcoming production and the new theater teacher, Mr. Hunter, thinks Elyse is perfect for the role of Juliet. The starring roles always go to Brynn but Mr. Hunter see's something in Elyse that no el ...more
Representation: One of the two POV characters and his family are Mexican American. His kid sister has Down Syndrome. A side character is Filipina American. One of the POVs depicts poverty and living with an addict parent. There is possible unnamed mental illness. Abusive romances.
Content warnings: There are 2 abusive romances (both m/f couples, one abuser is male, and the other is female) that are ...more
Okay here's the thing. I've said before that every time I read a mystery, I'm waiting for a huge, Fight Club-esque twist and I NEVER GET IT. But this time I did!!!! I actually yelled, "WHAT?!" And for that alone, this gets all the stars.
It's also incredibly well-written, not insanely over-simplified like so much YA. It's unbelievably emotional. I wasn't just watching these relationships, I was invested in them. I didn't love the characters because they're not likable people, but they're so ...more
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Elyse and Gabe have never met but each have a story to tell. Elyse has never liked to be the centre of attention so when she is cast as the lead in her high school play everyone is surprised. That's when she starts gaining attention from someone she never expected to fall for. Gabe is fed up with the way his girlfriend Sasha treats h ...more
Maybe I shouldn't have read this after the Echo Killing, but for me this was just okay *shrugs* Not great not bad, just in the middle.
I was excited to receive a copy of The Lies You Never Told, a book in a genre I usually enjoy! The story revolved around Gabe and Elyse, and I often like the multiple POVs when done well, because they add a certain roundness to a story. The characters were engaging, though they plot felt a little predictable to me at times. That being said, it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I was curious how the two plot lines would come together and when they did, I was drawn into the s ...more
by Jennifer Donaldson
At first I thought this book book was going to be a slasher aka with a killer constantly murdering people because in the tags it was described as "Thriller''. However, throughout the book I realized it was more
psychological thriller than a slasher thriller.
Before reviewing this book I want to point out the trigger warnings:
Domestic violence, forbidden relationship, drug addict, abusement and bully(ing).
This will contain spoilers:
The story i ...more
Everyone, take note.
Look, by far the genre I’m the most pickiest with is thrillers. So rare do I genuinely care for a character’s safety, or am surprised by the so-called twists and turns of the plot. I’ve read HERE LIES DANIEL TATE and was meh about it. I’ve read THE HANGING GIRL and was disappointed. ONE OF US IS LYING was fun fluff, but nothing more.
But this one? I think it’s safe to say that LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME is my favorite thriller. Ever.
My favorite ...more
I think the author does a truly brilliant job of pulling off an epic plot twist at the end that is 100% l ...more
Told from the two perspectives of Gabe and Elyse, this story unfolds as we see through the eyes of each of them every other chapter. After completing just the first two chapters, both storylines had my interest and I was curious to see how they would connect. I had a few guesses, one of which took the lead fairly early on and ultimately was correct. Even though this made for a pre ...more
I feel a little conflicted over this even though this should be a relatively straightforward review.
There's something about this book that made me not like it as much as I could have, and it's not something concrete like writing style or a specific plot element. It's more like I have this uncomfortable feeling when I think about this, if that makes any sense.
I think this lies within Elyse and her relationship with her teacher, but parts with Sasha also make me uncomfortable. This is a ...more
Elyse. Gabe. Sasha. Caroline. Four students, four very different lives. Lies You Never Told Me is a twisted tale told from the perspective of Gabe and Elyse, two high school students who have never met, but whose lives are about to be changed forever. A gripping Young Adult Thriller, Lies You Never Told Me is a novel about consequences. Elyse is starring in a school play for her first time and she catches the eye of a handsome, new fellow. The spot ...more
Actual rating : 3.75 stars
Trigger warning: (view spoiler)[abuse, toxic relationships, substance abuse, kidnapping, murder, an adult manipulating a minor into a relationship (hide spoiler)]
Everything worth doing has the possibility of ending in pain
Sneaky, dark and upsetting; Lies you never told me is a manipulative book about obsession, toxic relationships and unhinged emotions; this is a book you don’t want to miss. Told in alternating narratives between a girl and a boy, one lives in Texas ...more
HM. Well. This book was definitely interesting but I actually think it could have benefitted from more editing, which although I'm no expert in the editing/publishing process, is something I feel a lot nowadays.
Let's think of non-spoilery things first...
I did find the direction of this book really interesting! There was a nice twist and that light bulb moment when I finally realized exactly where this book was heading and what these two stories had in c ...more
Gabe wants to break up with his high school girlfriend, a controlling and manipulative girl named Sasha. But she's not going to let him go without a fight.
This is a story of obsession and ...more
I loved both the perspectives the story was told in, and was wondering how everything would line up. Gabe and Elyse were both lovable characters to m ...more
Told in alternating narratives, Lies You Never Told Me followed Gabe as he made the momentous decision to break up with Sasha, his long time, popular, and controlling girlfriend, and Elyse as she earned the leading role in her school play and learned how to command the spotlight. By the end of this dark, twisty, and shocking tale, however, Gabe and Elyse learned the hard way that "everything worth doing has the possibility of ending in pain."
I found t ...more
Written by Jennifer Donaldson
“Lies You Never Told Me” is a complex book. We meet four titular characters, Elyse, Gabe, Catherine, and Sasha. Sasha and Gabe are breaking up, and Sasha is hell bent on preventing that from happening. Gabe meets Catherine and starts to fall in love with her. In a separate perspective, Elyse begins to fall in love with her drama teacher, Aiden.
After this begins, I don’t really understand where it goes. This is a book for teens, but it does in ...more
In Oregon, Elyse lands the part of Juliet in her school play while beginning a dangerous relationship. In Texas Gabe’s ex girlfriend doesn’t want to let him go. And she’s willing to stoop to crime to get him back. These teens stories come together in a deadly conclusion.
Almost from the beginning, I knew how Elyse and Gabe’s lives would u ...more
Two teens, Gabe & Elyse are trying to figure out life right now. Gabe is dating one of the most popular girls in school, although he's not too keen on the way he treats her and he's thinking about ending it. But what will that cost him in the long run? ...more
Listened to this on audio and the strong narration was definitely a big plus! Around 40%, I had a strong hunch as to what the twist might be and I was ultimately right, which ruined a bit of the “oh-em-gee moment” for me, but still a fun ride, nonetheless!