Lies You Never Told Me

Lies You Never Told Me

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn't sure she's up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye-someone she knows she absolutely shouldn't be with-she can't help but be pulled into the spotlight.

Austin native Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable-breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She's not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever.

Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.
Publisher: New York, New York : Razorbill, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781595148520
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,22cm.

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KatG1983
May 07, 2019

A perfectly serviceable mystery/thriller about two people who experience partners who are abusive and controlling, and how/if they are able to raise each other out of those circumstances. Pretty easy to get through on a quiet weekend, but I don't think I'll remember much about it a month from now.

LPL_EricaS Sep 07, 2018

When I read the review that this book was Fatal Attraction meets Big Little Lies, I said yes please! It didn't disappoint either. Told in alternating chapters, the stories of both Gabe and Elyse pull you in. Gabe, a skater-boy and loving brother, finally breaks up with mean girl Sasha, but Sasha's not ready to let go. Her web of lies quickly ensnares Gabe and you'll be speeding through the pages to see what happens next. Elyse's story starts out fairly normal - she's got the lead in the school play and is hiding the fact the best word she can find to describe her own mom is junkie. Then a new relationship swirls her into a world she may think she wants, but that might end up even more terrible than her life before.

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twhitehead24
Jul 06, 2018

What a tale Ms. Donaldson wove with this story! There is Elyse, who beats out Brynn as Juliet in the school play. She is starving for attention since, when she is home, she is taking care of her drug-dependent mother. Elyse gets involved with someone she should not and sacrifices things and people she loves for that someone. Then you have Gabe, who no longer wants to be with his socially popular girlfriend, Sasha. When Gabe finally breaks it off, Sasha becomes unglued and begins to do the unthinkable. The book is written in Gabe and Elyse's points of view so there is some bouncing around but, as a reader, I appreciate the way everything came together in the end. A page-turner that covers some current social issues.

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