Title: Tell Me Lies
Author: Carola Lovering
“A twisted modern love story” (Parade), Tell Me Lies is a sexy, thrilling novel 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. 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.
Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. “Readers will be enraptured” (Booklist) by the “unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story” (Kirkus Review). With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and supremely resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood and the difficulty of letting go—even when you know you should.
So, wow, this book, I could not stop thinking about it.
We’ve all had that one relationship that’s messed us up, that one person who has gotten under our skin, and that one relationship that seemed to end so suddenly and without reason. This book really got me to thinking about the way that people don’t really care about others’ feelings, that they do the things they do without rhyme or reason, and sometimes, it’s good to let people go.
People throw around the term toxic a lot when it comes to relationships and in this book, Stephen is the perfect example of a toxic man. When Lucy starts college, she isn’t sure of herself yet, but she seems determined to herself. After Stephen, however, she goes into a downward spiral: doing drugs, developing an eating disorder, and even turning down the program that made her go across the country to Baird.
I think I liked this book so much because it really made me reflect on the way that people change themselves for others. We want to fit a picture that someone has, and when we don’t, we destroy ourselves trying.
That’s why the ending of this book was so beautiful. Not for anything that Lucy said or did, but just because of the fact that she could walk away with her head held high. I know from experience what a challenge that can be considering everything she went through with Stephen.
This was just overall a very beautiful, thought provoking book. If you’ve ever been through a toxic relationship, you’ll find this book very relatable and impossible to put down.