Tell Me No Lies
Author: Adele Griffin
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.
Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.
Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions. When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?
I really love books that have a big focus on friendships, especially with a slight hint of romance, but not one that overdoes it or anything. I think that’s why I found Tell Me No Lies to be really appealing and able to capture my attention from the very beginning to the end of the book. It was fun, there was so much going on, and it really had a great writing style that made it come altogether nicely.
Last year I read Adele Griffin’s Be True To Me, and I thought it was really good. There was so much going on in that book that really made me fall in love with it, and the same rings true for her newest novel, Tell Me No Lies. Except that I honestly found this book to be a lot better than the previous one.
First off, the characters were so much more full of personality and I found myself really caring about each and every one of them. they were well fleshed out and very interesting, and I really couldn’t tear myself away from their stories. I felt like each character had a unique take on things and that they really came together to bring a lot of light to the story.
Next, I loved the plot of the book – it had so much to offer in terms of friendships and romance, and I think it would be a wonderful book to read over the summer, whether you are stuffing it into your beach bag or spending lazy afternoons outside on the patio. The story drew me in and managed to keep me turning page after page the entire time I was reading it.
I have to recommend this one if you are fans of novels about friendship with a hint of romance. I think this book will appeal to a lot of people, and the amazing writing style present in the book will draw in readers who might even be on the fence. Definitely an amazing read and worth picking up!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and middle grade readers.
Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YA Book of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Tell Me No Lies is publishing in June 2018 with Algonquin Books.
Adele serves on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony, and is on the advisory board of 826NYC. She lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.
Prize: 1 Copy of Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin
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