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The Best Lies

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or somethin
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
there's a sapphic Elise in YA lit holy shit I've reached my final pokemon evolution
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
No one's eating that lollipop anytime soon. Except maybe the dog. Another thing: How did that lollipop melt?! I need realistic covers!

Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.

Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but there is never any talk or even hints or sexual
Vicky Who Reads
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow I uh


the portrayal of toxic friendship was SO good and reading this was watching a trainwreck happening that you couldn't tear your eyes away from

definitely recommend!

Content Warnings: (view spoiler)
Kenn Laurence
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
well...that escalated quickly
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Ohhh this book is messed up! You know, in the good way! Since the whole book revolves around the thriller/mystery aspect, I am going to keep this purposely short. Basically there are two main components: The relationships of the characters, and the unsettling mystery.

The Characters and Their Relationships: So, this is a huge part of the book. Not only do we delve into Remy's relatio
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If you've ever wanted to know about the other side of obsessive friendship, this is the book you need. One of my favourite tropes to read about in books is the sick, pining friendship, and I've only really imagined it from the person who's pining. The Best Lies takes this trope and twists it into something gruelingly real and dangerous, showing just how toxic some friendships can become.

The book opens just after the murder of Remy's boyfriend, Jack, with her best friend/ soulmate Elise being the
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
4.5 an obsessive friendship story the builds until someone is dead. Was it an accident? Was it murder? From both past and present perspectives, Lyu constructs an addictive story of two damaged teens and how their shared pain causes a dangerous relationship.
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
LGBT Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl. To say I'm sold would be an understatement
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This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I... Don’t know entirely how I feel about this book - it was painful (it HURT, man), and I’m going to need a hot second to gather my thoughts. The Best Lies hit very close to home. It deals with themes of domestic & parental abuse and was very unsettling (and triggering for survivors). Some of the quotes though, about suffering not being romantic, just being pain... whew boy. I felt that.

”We have b
Rating: 5 Stars!!! ★★★★★
The Best Lies is a YA Mystery/Thriller debut that is a must read!! From the brilliant narrative following past and present POV that weaves together perfectly, the spectacular writing, and themes of friendship, family, toxic friendship, alongside the complexity of love-- also *tw for mention/discussion of abuse.

My full review is now on my blog: The Best Lies ARC Review

This book has easily made it to my list of favorite books of the year & all time--this book ruined me.
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that she offered, because I really enjoyed reading this one! When I first heard about this 2019 debut, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of such a tightly knit friendship that things start going south and stuff starts to unravel. So as soon as I got this book in my hand, I curled up with it and lost myself in Remy and Elise's story. So without further ado, let's get into my r ...more
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I’m always here for a good thriller, so I was beyond excited to receive an early copy of The Best Lies, a psychological thriller from debut author Sarah Lyu.

Remy’s whole world just shattered. Her boyfriend is dead, and it’s because her best friend shot him. It obviously had to be an accident, but as she’s questioned by the police, the timeline of the night is not adding up and Remy is confused about what she
Brilliantly written. A must read.

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Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu (July 2)
TW: physical abuse; emotional manipulation
Overview: There's an old revolver that ruins everyone's life. Elise finds it in her deceased grandmother's attic while digging around for fireworks for prank number 1. After that, the gun rarely leaves her thoughts, and, eventually, it never leaves her side. It's the gun that kills Jack. Remi doesn't know what to do. Her boyfriend is dead, and her best friend- more than her best friend- is the one who pulled the trigger
Deborah Hightower
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
Thank you NetGalley for the digital ARC of The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu. Remy and Elise long for love and understanding. When Remy's boyfriend Jack is shot and killed by Elise, Remy struggles to understand how it happened. This is a disturbing story of love, friendship, and obsession.
Nikki Barthelmess
Entertaining and engrossing, THE BEST LIES takes the reader on a journey of a friendship that turns deadly. If you’re in the market for an edge-of-your-seat YA suspense, Sarah Lyu delivers!
Lisa Reviews Books
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well written with compelling characters. Not so much a thriller as a dark contemporary, but good nonetheless.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

“Jack’s blood is on my face and in my hair, on my arms and under my fingernails. There was so much, the paramedics had rushed to me, checking for signs of trauma, but they couldn’t see the hole in my heart.


My name is Remy.
I am seventeen years old.
This won’t last forever.”

If you’re looking for a book that will leave you feeling lost, confused, unsure of your current relationships, angry
Emily Polson
Engrossing YA suspense about toxic friendship, suffering, revenge, and consequences. The protagonist narrates in a lyrical prose style, which at first seems to romanticize the problematic relationship, but then works to challenge and undo that understanding. I loved seeing this character growth, even as the events in the dual timeline converged in equally cinematic, tension-filled conclusions. Excellently crafted narrative centered around complex, empathetic characters--highly recommended.

Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet friendship turns sour in this thriller about obsession and vengeance. Remy and Elise are more than best friends- they're soulmates- but then why would Elise shoot Jack, Remy' s boyfriend? And why can't Remy remember what happened? Elise says she needs Remy, the police say they need the truth, and Remy's parents say she needs to protect herself. As Remy explores the ups and downs of her toxic friendship with Elise, what she'll discover is truly chilling.
Elizabeth Appenheimer
Objectively, it's a good book. Good story and conflict, and it lives up to being a psychological thriller.
Subjectively, I didn't really enjoy it. It was pretty disturbing and unsettling, and full of classic cultural battles.
I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher (and it was great! :) )
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Stephanie Ward
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'The Best Lies' is an electric YA thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat until the very end. I'm a huge fan of this genre, so I immediately knew I had to read this as soon as possible. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but this book went above and beyond anything I could've thought. There was nothing I didn't like about this story. The main character, Remy, is incredibly realistic and complex. We learn about her life in extreme detail, and since the story is told in the fi ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Going into this book, I only really knew that it was a thriller that had some toxic friendship elements - I wasn't even sure what age group it was before I started - that's how blind I went into this one. And I'm so glad I did because I found a new favourite!

Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

**TRIGGER WARNING: Parental/domestic abuse, suicidal discussion/attempt**

Seventeen-year-old Remy
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

We’re the heroes in this story, born of tragic circumstances, yes, but also strong enough to overcome them. We’ll win the day.
This story drew me in right away with the taunt plotting and characters that felt like they could be a real teens. I liked the change of now and then throughout the novel, it added to the the suspense and mystery, kept my attention, kept me guessing and turning pages until the end.

While I have enjoyed a few young adult/teen novels sometimes they are a little too s
Oh wow.


I LOVED this book even though it infuriated me.

Elise was... I just- I cannot tell you how tired I am of fictional abuse victims (primarily female ones, in my experience) always being portrayed as saintly survivors that Never Do a Bad Thing Ever. I LOVED that Elise was unapologetically portrayed as an abuse victim that has, in turn, become the abuser, justifying her shitty, manipulative behavior towards Remy at every turn. I love that the only person making excuses for her was Remy, b
Kate Grace
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s 11:00 at night and I’ve just finished Sarah Lyu’s debut novel The Best Lies, which I genuinely could NOT put down. I haven’t been this engrossed, emotionally or intellectually, in a YA thriller since reading E. Lockhart’s latest work.

The Best Lies has a couple of moving pieces that stick with me as a reader. First, let’s talk narrative structure. The book’s alternating timelines don’t just make for an interesting writer’s experiment - they’re SUPER well done, building suspense and establis
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.**

3.5 stars. I'll be honest when I first picked this book up I wasn't expecting very much, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Throughout the book, I had a pretty good idea where the story was going to go and usually, that ruins a book for me, but Sarah Lyu wrote this book in such a way that I was still intrigued and curious to reach the end tha
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