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Publisher's Summary

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 postcollege 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.

©2018 Carola Lovering (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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HATE IT

I have no idea what the point of this book was or the point that was supposed to be made... if any.
I cannot believe I wasted my money on this piece of crap.

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The unforgivable thing

A good girl and a sociopath walk into a room....This book is full of stereotypes and cliches. Almost all the characters are unlikable, including the female protagonist . I kept reading with the hopes it would get better. It never got better.

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I kept hoping it would get better....

This book was a huge disappointment and waste of time. Nothing happens of any substance. So many wasted hours of listening to an insecure girl fall for a sociopath and all the sex they had.

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The story was credible. The performance was good. I enjoyed the book in its entirety

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In love with a Sociopath

I thought this book was going to be about a girl in an abusive relationship. It’s a story of being in love with a sociopath and as covers other issues such as mental health. Great read, was long but I never lost interest.

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Fun read for everyone who had “that” college hook-

You sometimes want to beat both lead characters over the head for their annoying comments or predictable behaviors, but overall a very engrossing read. I didn’t personally care for the male narration portions- it felt like Jack Nicholson was playing a college dude.

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Tell me this book gets better (it doesn’t)

Not a lot of depth to this book or the characters. The main character is. Whining, moping 1D girl who gets caught up on a womanizer and spends the majority of the book being self destructive.

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wow!

this was incredible! Everytime I pressed play, the world around me went away and I was right in the story.

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Easy Summer Read

I didn't strain to finish this; it was a fast listen while commuting and painting my dining room. Some sub plots were shallow, but still true to the setting and genre.

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Arguably the worst book I’ve ever read/listened to.

The story was terrible, the author tried to mask the terrible storyline with over the top language. Literary devices were used superfluously to try to sound sophisticated and gauge appreciation for the language from the audience. It didn’t work. Terrible book. Terrible characters. Terrible.