Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson
Published May 29, 2018
Hardcover, 329 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to FirstToRead.com I received an eARC)
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.
This book was outstanding! I’ve never read anything by this author, but it will added to my auto buy author list. I thought it was told in such a great way to the point where everything came together I was blown away. I had a tingling feeling that maybe I knew where the whole thing was going, but not to the extent, I’m floored by how amazing it was.
I loved both the perspectives the story was told in, and was wondering how everything would line up. Gabe and Elyse were both lovable characters to me, I thought they both really acted in ways that were relatable. I didn’t agree with a lot of their choices but I always saw where they were coming from. The side characters (Mr. Hunter and Sasha) pissed me off to the point where they were the perfect additions!
It’s not often I find a great psychological thriller in YA, actually I haven’t read any that have ever even touched on this great! This is a must read for lovers of this genre and people who just want to get into it. I honestly can’t rave enough about this one, just go pick it up!!