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Lies We Tell Ourselves

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Presley Waterman is a rescuer: of animals, of businesses, of people. Like the stray cat she's allergic to, but continues to care for. Like her small-town newspaper, a business that’s been dying a slow death for the better part of a decade. And like Micah. Her best friend and the man she has loved since they were kids, back when no one else cared.  

As for him…

Micah Leven
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by SYG Productions
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
I was not sure what to expect with this book since the other books I've read from the author have ranged from humorous to raw and gritty, always with a bit of an edge. I'm happy to say that I was sucked in from page one, and a lovely balance was struck between subtle humor, flawed characters with loveable quirks, and a raw vulnerability that brought emotion to the surface, with that trademark edge, of course ;) The manner in which the story is told is creative and unique- the way viewpoints swit ...more
Katie W
What lies do you tell yourself? Some lies are told (and believed) because of what others say about you and they become such a part of you, they're nearly impossible to set aside. It's simple--the truth hurts, but not nearly as much as the lies. This story pierced my soul, swiftly and deep, and left a lasting impact on me.

Sometimes a gritty and raw story needs to be told in a visibly emotional way. Don't get me wrong--I love the fluffy, sweet stories, but the powerful and realistic ones have a so
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
One thing I will say about this author, Amy Matayo, is that she sure doesn't shy away from the deeper, gritty emotions that come from difficult life circumstances. This book is a testament to how much she really thought through those emotions and how her characters were acting and reacting to life. The natural consequence of that is that I believe it.

Presley and Micah were scarred, broken and vulnerable. I was so invested in them both. How could I not be? Flashbacks to their younger years and a
Fiction Aficionado
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a powerful story. It’s raw, intense, bold, and gutsy—because, to be quite honest, for most of this book Micah Leven is a selfish jerk. But he’s also one of the most brilliantly-written characters I’ve come across, written in such a way that you can see he has the potential to be so much more; he just doesn’t know it yet. And that’s largely because of the lies he believes as a result of his mother’s abandonment and his father’s abuse.

Presley’s story is no prettier than Micah’s, but inst
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for fairytale, perfect romances, you won’t find them in Amy Matayo’s books, but if you’re looking for realistic, heart-wrenching stories of imperfect people who are struggling with everyday problems and relationships, you should definitely try her books. Lies We Tell Ourselves should be on the reading list for anyone who is coping with low self-esteem, self-worth, or abuse issues. If you’ve ever felt unloved, friendless, alone, or that you’re not as good as other people, read t ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
People try to pretend that broken things are an accident, but they rarely are. Things break when adults get angry. Glasses. Plates. Bones. Skin.

I have to say I'm disappointed. I tried. I swear.

Micah and Presley are best friends.

Micah was abandoned by his mother as a child and was at the mercy of his alcoholic father.
Presley, was a "mistake," in the words of her mother.

From the first day they met, they sealed a beautiful friendship. Besides neighbors, they shared the same family situation, both
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lies We Tell Ourselves deals with some heavy subject matter (childhood abuse and its effects), but offers enough light moments to keep from being maudlin. Instead, you have an honest story of two people so damaged by their pasts that their relationship seems doomed to failure - for valid reasons.

The book took didn't fall into the same old, same old format of most romances, and held my attention from start to finish. No magic wand waved over the characters, reforming and redeeming them. The r
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I could've taken the adult Micah by the shoulders and rattled him. If he wanted to prove something to his father, why not prove it with the lovely-in-every-way Presley, toward whom his father had also been cruel? The business of Micah proving his worth to his father with someone "better" than Presley didn't ring as true for me as a Micah-Presley pair-up would have. In spite of feeling sorry and sad for Micah the boy, I didn't like him as a man. And I became irritated with Presley at times when s ...more
Courtney Clark
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amy Matayo's stories always surprise me. Their humor and sarcasm, truth and vulnerability, and relevance always shine through the storytelling. This one was no different. I could not have predicted the ending, especially the way the last 1/4 of the of story unfolded. And it was perfect -- emotionally exhausting in the best way. 

What begins as an intriguing story of two friends quickly grows into a story much deeper and extremely relevant. One of friendship, of the value of relationships, of the
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author, and it wont be my last. These two had so much emotional damage as children that they both feel the don't deserve love. How can two people be so close and not know how one feels about the other....well its call serious baggage. The way it is written about all their scares from life, is brilliant. And don't forget the HEA !!! This story deserved it
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This book! It is so, so good. Emotionally engaging with characters you want to hug (or slap, depending), Lies We Tell Ourselves definitely doesn't live in fantasyland. It deals with real-life issues like child abuse, dysfunctional relationships, mental illness, and the emotional baggage that goes along with a rough childhood.

Presley and Micah are two very broken people who meet as children and form an incredibly co-dependent relationship. When Lies We Tell Ourselves begins, the two have been lov
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly good

Okay, first off, this book tends to do more 'telling' than 'showing,' and I nearly abandoned it for that reason. At first I had difficulty adjusting to this writer's very introspective style. Most of this story is internal dialogue, with even the spoken dialogue often broken up by sentences of inner musings. That style of writing makes it tough to connect to the characters and I gotta be honest, I didn't connect as well as I'd like. There was also no real physical description of
Ashley Ann Martin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed the writings of Amy Matayo. She has a real talent for writing a different type of love story. I feel like she gets into more real life, the hardships. Her books will bring you all over the map with emotions.
This book is no exception, Amy had me in tears again. The characters are easy to care for and right off the first page you are ready to be by their side. Lies We Tell Ourselves is not for the faint of heart, it is a book where you may find yourself in the characters a b
Paula Bothwell
Lies We Tell Ourselves - PG13
Triggers: abuse
Violence: yes, no details
Language: fewer than 10
Sex: intimated, no details

I always tell myself to go to bed, that the book will be there in the morning. Amy Matayo is a binge-worthy author. I have a couple of authors whose new release dates make it on my calendar, and she's at the top of the list. This book is a beautifully told story of best friends who have a terrible thing in common. It's a tale of searching for something that's right in front of yo
Jenn Keller
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 4-stars

This was not an easy book for me to read. It hits on a personal level making it one of those that I will always remember but would rather not as it brings back unwanted memories.

There is a very profound; powerful message that I took away from this and that is "I AM WORTH IT" we are "ALL WORTH IT" and do not let anyone tell you otherwise!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Presley’s growth
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Every time I sit down with a book--let alone one written by an author I already know I love--I try to do so without bias. I tell myself just because the back cover is intriguing, or because I'm a fan of the author or because I like *almost* everything I read anyway, it doesn't mean I'm going to like whatever I've got in my hands at the moment. So I turn to page one and I put what I know/suspect about the book out of my mind and I try to pretend it's a brand new author to me in a genre I'm unfami ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Presley and Micah are childhood friends drawn together as a result of being abused by their single parent, her mom, his dad. We don’t hear about Presley’s dad and Micah’s mom left him when he was little. They provide each other with sanctuary to be themselves and that’s how their friendship grows over the years.

We meet them when they are in their late twenties. He’s an up and coming newsreader in the big smoke, she’s an hour away in a smaller town rescuing an ailing local newspaper that nobody r
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is intense! I found myself alternately loving and hating it.
Micah and Presley have always been there for each other. Their friendship began as two young kids who had nobody but each other. Abused and made to feel worthless by their parents, they stuck together.
Micah is determined to not hurt Presley by loving her.
And he thinks he can keep himself from being hurt by not letting her see deep down inside himself.
Presley has put up with Micah's quirks and is not sure how much more she ca
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lies are so damaging, yet we tell them to ourselves all the time. I’ve heard many of the comments in this book. “I’m not good enough?” “I’m a mistake.” “I’ll never be worthy.” For a long time, I told people I was the middle child, left-handed, and the oddball in the family. My sisters told me I was adopted. (I wasn’t!) But it still stuck with me even as I grew older. However, one day, I realized, I’m chosen and a child of the King. I need to lift my head up and not let Satan speak those lies in ...more
Susan K
Romance, clean; PG-13 for some adult situations, alcohol use and abuse.
More of a 3.5 for me as a reader.
Micah and Presley's story told from alternating points of view including the third character in the love triangle (not my favorite perspective), was a deeply, heartfelt, emotional read. Two abused children fighting for each other and for their futures, hoping they will be with each other. Great characters, deeply hurt, and flawed in honest ways, and struggling to dig out from their pasts, all
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lies We Tell Ourselves is a masterful work from Amy Matayo. She tells stories and creates characters in a way that makes you feel like you are peering into their life and their soul. You cry with them, laugh with them, hurt for them, and cheer them on. Lies We Tell Ourselves is awesome. This work of fiction surrounds two characters who have been told lies all of their life- and follows as they try to retrain their heart and their mind to believe something other then the lies. Truth is often hard ...more
Tammy Duzenack
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could write a review that is as good as Amy's new book Lies We Tell Ourselves. I read it in one day - I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN - even when it was tearing me up inside. For what the characters Micah and Presley went through; for myself because it hit all "those" spots. The uncomfortable spots, the vulnerable spots, the ugly spots, the ones you only tell yourself because it's too hard to tell others how you really feel. I've been done with the book for a week now and I still can't get it o ...more
Misty Wilson
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun romance book but it also has some deeper themes of self worth, recovering from abuse, and of course denial, the LIES WE TELL OURSELVES .

The author wrote the book in three different perspectives, but my favorite character is Micah. He tries to drown the pain of his past in his success: his great career, women, charm and good looks. His best friend Presley has been there for him all along, but will he wake up soon and realize how important she is to him? Or will he continue to fall
Julie Jobe
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting anxiously for Christmas gift cards to purchase this book, but then around Thanksgiving, it went on sale, and I snatched it up! And I am so glad I did! I loved this book. I love the raw reality melded with the hope that there's more than the lies we believe. And the joy of seeing two people finally begin to overcome lifetimes of lies they've believed about who they are makes for a beautifully hopeful book. Ms. Matayo does a fantastic job of creating a world where the weight of ...more
Amy Binkerd
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lies We Tell Ourselves, is such a good...hard read! We are all guilty of too easily believing the worst about ourselves. I found myself so frustrated at both characters for being so foolish, and not speaking up for themselves. Then in the next turn, falling in love with them because they are each of us. We are quick to validate other people, but when people try to validate us, we think "well they just don't understand." Lies We Tell Ourselves challenges us to change that thought rut. To instead ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great storytelling and pacing. I was almost painful to watch the dysfunction of the main character's relationship, but it helped us recognize the un-health and how so often we settle because we don't believe we deserve more. Truly a powerful read and one many young adults can learn from.
I have enjoyed many of Matayo's novels, but this may just be my favorite. I am impressed how Matayo always crafts believable friendships and isn't afraid to address the rougher stuff.

There were some typos in the
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Presley and Micah were across-the-street neighbors as kids, both living any child's nightmare with abusive parents -- and keeping each other's secrets. Micah, as an adult, has decided to stick it to his abusive dad and runaway mom by getting out of town and making it big in the city. Presley's dreams keep her close to home, in the small town Micah can't wait to leave behind. The two are drawn to each other, but Micah is also drawn in by Mara, the new girl in the office who flouts company policy ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is one thing that I have come to expect from an Amy Matayo book; emotions. Pure and raw emotions. This book carries such am important message not only in the story line itself, but in the letter to the reader. Matayo has created a story that reminds us that we are enough in a world that wants us to believe so many lies. I believe that readers will relate to the two main character Presley and Micah. So much trauma, hurt, and lies by not only others, but inflicted upon themselves as well. Do ...more
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Amy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use.

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