Book Review: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies

Title: Tell Me Lies
Author: Carola Lovering
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Atria
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Pages: 352
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.
Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.
With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.

So, I just finished reading tell me lies. This book was highly recommended by a blogger I follow and when she finished reading it and raved about it, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Who doesn’t have an ex who drove them crazy? An ex who made us lose ourselves and did and said things that broke our hearts? I know I did. And that’s the reason why I wanted to read Tell Me Lies.  At first it reminded me of the book YOU by Caroline Kepnes, because the guy was bat shit crazy and obsessed with the girl, kinda like Stephen DeMarco was with Beck. 

The story is told in Lucy and Stephen's point of view, and it alternates from past and present. At first I really liked Lucy. She was smart, had some insecurity issues, But who doesn't? She knows what she wants in life, but then everything goes to shit after she fell for Steven, who by the way is a complete asshole. When I read his point of view I literally cringed at the things that he would say. To say he was unlikable, is an understatement. He is a sociopath and a narcissist. At first I was like, yeah Lucy we’ve all been there, I know how it is, and I felt bad for her for falling for someone who just used her. I guess I am lucky to have never had a boyfriend like Stephen. 

I don't know if I really liked, Tell Me Lies.  I know that I was motivated by the fact that I needed to find out if Lucy ended up with Stephen. I am not going to tell you because I don't want to ruin the book for you. So if you find yourself curious about this one, make sure you pick up a copy!

Happy reading! 


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