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Tell Me Lies

By: Carola Lovering
Narrated by: Corey Brill,Rebekkah Ross
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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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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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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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I feel bad for people who didn't like this book

Because they probably just don't get it. This is not a shallow book and things of substance happen so if you disagree maybe you are incapable of recognizing substance? This was a unique, well-written story with many interesting characters. I could not stop listening and in fact there is such a lack of good books out there that I listen to this again repeatedly.

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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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I don’t get it.

I kept listening and listening and waiting for something to actually happen. There’s this big buildup to seeing him again and then...nothing happens.

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The f***

I got on the hype train from the Hulu show. And the show definitely makes this so much better. The book? God I have never hated the main characters more in my life. The unthinkable thing and the comments of anorexia! The male and his disgusting stance on women.

Just watch the show. Better than the book. Fills in the missing pieces. And adds more pizazz!

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Kept waiting for it to get better

This genre is my jam but this story was not. Lucy was an infuriating main character and so desperately pathetic it was a struggle to follow along at times. There were too many stupid moments that made me roll my eyes. But I recognize it was quality writing by the author to make me feel such strong dislike towards a fictional character so I’m caught at 3 stars

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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.

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Painful to get through

This is hours and hours of an insecure, anorexic, college girl being manipulated by a weirdly mediocre sounding sociopath in between relatively graphic sex scenes. It basically had no story. I’d keep walking if I were you.

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Eh

Maybe if I had read it myself instead of listening I would like it more. But the voices ruined it for me. I don’t feel like there’s much of a story here.

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