Author: Carola Lovering
Publisher by: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster
Published on: June 12, 2018
Genres: New Adult Romance, Women's Fiction
Page Count: 385
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.
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. 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.
Tell Me Lies was one of the most intriguing books that I’ve read in recent months. Mainly for that fact that you go into Lucy and Stephen’s story, knowing that Stephen is NOT the one. He’s not the kind of guy that the heroine should end up with, he’s not necessarily even her type, but Stephen had game. He could be sweet, he took his time getting to know you, he could make any girl feel special, and he was just the epitome of manipulative. No, he’s not the kind of guy that you should go for but I think most woman know a guy like him.
The story starts off in the present. The reader is able to meet Lucy in her present life, and while she’s working and living her life, it’s not the life she necessarily wants. When Lucy has to leave for the weekend to be part of for college best friend’s wedding, she knows she’s going to see HIM. The one that changed her life and the one that was wrong for her, but who was hard to let go.
The story is told from both Lucy and Stephen’s POV. It goes through the 4 year course of their relationship throughout college. This story digs into college life and relationships. It was during the time that Lucy had a new found freedom from her preppy and put together life. Being away from the complex relationship with her mother, CJ, was something Lucy desperately needed. College life was the time where she was learning about herself and was learning to never settle again. There was a certain naivete to her character. When her and Stephen meet, there wasn’t any major spark between them, but she was definitely intrigued. Stephen’s character was just really an ordinary guy. I’m not sure what made him so intriguing, he wasn’t very likable, but he could make someone feel special.
Their relationship started off almost like a cat and mouse game. Lucy was hesitant, but Stephen was persistent and nonchalant all at the same time. Their relationship was intense, they built a spark, and there were definitely a few twists and turns. Their relationship was as imperfect as they were. There was complexity to this novel. I don’t think the character’s were necessarily meant to be likable, but their characters were relatable. The story kept me interested but I do wish I had seen more growth and finality. I would be interested to see what Ms. Lovering writes next.