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The Best Lies

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,074 ratings  ·  455 reviews
Gone Girl meets Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls in this mesmerizing debut novel about a toxic friendship that turns deadly.

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 soul mate—who understood her better than anyone else in
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Two girls adrift in the world find each other and develop one of the most disturbingly codependent relationships I have ever read.

This hard-hitting YA Contemporary follows Remy and Elise as they explore the bounds of friendship. Then they disturbingly proceed to cross those boundaries in the worst possible ways.

The codependency of their relationship reminded me a lot of The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, which left a certain feeling in my gut.

Read as: extremely uncomfortable.

They seek
Elle (ellexamines)
Nov 23, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc  ·  review of another edition
there's a sapphic Elise in YA lit holy shit I've reached my final pokemon evolution ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-w-mars
When Remy and Elise meet their connection is instant. Unbreakable.

Remy has always felt as if she lives in the shadow of her older brother and the constant fighting between her parents makes her want to escape so when the vibrant and electric, Elise, comes along she can't resist being lured into her world.

Elise is an enigma and Remy becomes infatuated with her. They don't just love each other they need each other.

"Elise was electricity. I was the night. She banished the darkness, she lit me
may ➹
despite the whole guinea pig thing, this was Excellent! not sure what the lollipop on the cover has to do with toxic codependent friendships and murder, but Excellent!


my reading experience is absolutely ruined because the main character is named Remy and I used to have a guinea pig named Remy and every single time her name is mentioned I can’t picture anything but my guinea pig in a murderous thriller
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 att
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
No one's eating that lollipop anytime soon. Except maybe the dog. Another thing: How did that lollipop melt?! I need realistic covers!

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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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The Best Lies had already been on my radar for quite some time due to . . . . .

Holy crap, the recommendation feature actually barfed out something that looked appealing??? And speaking of looking appealing, there were definitely some visual similarities that also piqued my curiosity . . . .

Between the titles and the covers, my brain was telling me . . . .

Then a couple of my Goodreads friends liked it too so I put myself
“Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt.

Suffering isn't romantic. It's just painful.”
― Sarah Lyu, The Best Lies

My review:

I wanted to like this so much.

I was craving a good YA mystery. I have been on a kick with them lately. And while I thought the writing was excellent, I just could not really get into the story. But before I go on, I will say it seems most of my GR friends really liked this one, so take my review with a grain of salt.

So this book is about a toxic frien
Vicky Again
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt.
Suffering isn't romantic.
It's just painful.

This triggered every kind of anxiety I have and then some.
Ughhhh, I should RTC this because I need to rant about it, but I seriously don't want to relive all the fuckery once again.

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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
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review is now up on my blog, The Quiet Pond!


Holy shit, friends. This book CAME for me.

I didn't know what to expect but whatever expectations I had, The Best Lies took them, slapped me with them, and now I'm just dazed and in awe of this book's brilliance.

- Follows Remy, a teen whose boyfriend is shot dead by her best friend -- and she can't remember why.
- Told in alternating narratives, oscillating between past and present day, this is a story about obsessive and toxic friendships an
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

-Enmeshed friendship on steroids
-Dead boyfriend
-Best friend holding the gun
-Dysfunctional families

I can’t remember the last time a debut stunned me as much as THE BEST LIES. Sarah Lyu’s first, of I hope many, YA novels dripped voice and heart thumping tension. I wished I could have finished in one sitting.

Lyu’s gorgeous, smart writing had me highlighting many passages on my kindle, her words so profound. With its intensity, THE BEST LIES reminded me of Eileen Cook’s WITH MALICE
Jay G
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5/5 Stars

Remy loves her boyfriend, Jack. She also loves her besstfriend, Elise. Then one night Elise shoots Jack in the chest, claiming self defense... but Remy isn't so sure that's the truth.

This book focuses on toxic and obsessive friendships, which I have not read many books about but I really enjoyed! I really liked how the dysfunctional family life of both girls were shown. I t
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
I have some conflicting feelings about this, so I think I’ll sleep on this one before a full review. Heavier topics at least deserve that before they’re approached in a book review.
Yna the Mood Reader
“Elise was electricity. I was the night. She banished the darkness, she lit me up.”

📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Mystery Thriller.
📚 POV? Alternating past and present.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Codependency. Suicide. Murder. Arson. Manipulation. Gun violence. Underage alcohol consumption.
⚠ Book Tags :  Toxic friendships. Family. Asian rep. Abuse.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏻🤦🏻‍♀️🎆🧨🙅🏻‍♂️🙅🏻‍♀️

The book is about:
The Best Lies talks about the tox
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-
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
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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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 l
Kayla Brunson
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a book that I was looking forward to but I am so disappointed by what I just read. This was portrayed as a mystery type read and that couldn’t be farther from what this actually was. This read nothing like a mystery/thriller like it’s portrayed to be. It really read like any other YA contemporary and I was so disappointed not to have the mystery/thriller feel.

This book was about the effects of a toxic friendship. The friendship follows Remy and her friend Elise. We get flashbacks of the
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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If I could sum up The Best Lies in one word it would be stressful. I spent so much of this book wanting to take characters and shake them!! And let me just say this isn't a negative thing ... I'm giving this book a 3.5 star rating. You know the authors writing has got you when you're feeling SO many different emotions, and I probably felt ALL of them throughout these pages. But with that being said, that wasn't always a good thing either ... we've got some serious trigger warnings happening here ...more
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If you like a story about the inner workings that will lead to a tragic downfall...all while knowing how it turns out in the end...then this might be the story for you. For me, I wanted a twist
Tala  Lolias
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a young adult book this was super dark, obsessive and very addicting to read.

The relationship between Elise and Remy was so dependant on each other that it was obsessive. The need to control and be with each other 24/7 was just crazy.

This book was very well written, the character development throughout only got stronger and I loved the way it finished.

Definitely worth a read.
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Wow, that was just all kinds of intense! Full review to follow soon.
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Impressionable, compulsive and broken teens in complex and tense relationships manipulate and shove unresolved serious matters under the carpet as well as guilt trip each other into oblivion resulting in obvious disastrous consequences.
one of the best books i've read about toxic friendships!
Jessica Ryan
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Love is truest, strongest when you need each other, when you can't live without each other. Anything less is ephemeral. Anything less risks heartbreak."

If ever there's been a quote to capture a skewed view of love, it is the one above, but it captures what it's like to be young, defeated and needy. Remy and Elise meet when Remy is at a low point, and Elise seems like her savior. The friendship the two develop is lovely and wild, but it turns into obsession.

If I could put this book in the hand
lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

“We were a forest fire, wild and full of rage. We were a galaxy unto ourselves, a million stars blazing bright.”

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Stephanie Ward
'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
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“Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt.

Suffering isn't romantic. It's just painful.”
“We were a forest fire, wild and full of rage. We were a galaxy unto ourselves, a million stars blazing bright.

Everything was possible then.”
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