Lies You Never Told Me Review

Synopsis from Penguin Random House:

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.

About: Lies You Never Told Me is a young adult thriller written by Jennifer Donaldson. It will be published on 5/29/18 by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery & suspense, social issues, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. This book is the author’s debut. According to Penguin’s website, “Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is committed to taking risks and exploring new ways to tell stories. Razorbill is home to a broad-ranging young adult hardcover fiction, middle-grade titles, and nonfiction.” Penguin Random House is the world’s largest trade book publisher and its mission is “to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Lies You Never Told Me on 4/15/18 and finished it on 4/24/18 at 12:30 AM. This book is an awesome read! I like reading about Elyse more because what she goes through seems real. I like the support of her friend Brynn and the concerns she has for Elyse. I like the diversity in this book. I like how Gabe is such a good brother to Vivi. I like how Gabe’s mom handles those police. I’m iffy on Gabe when he profess his love because it seems like he didn’t know her so well, but I guess nobody ever know all of each other’s secrets. I like Gabe’s concerns for those he loves because he goes above and beyond for them.

This book is told in the first person point of view following Gabe and Elyse. Both teens lead separate different lives. Gabe lives in Austin, TX and is best friends with Caleb and Irene. He’s a doormat for his mean-girl girlfriend Sasha.  One night, on his way home from Sasha’s house, he was hit by a car. A girl stopped to call 911 for him but couldn’t stay longer. Later he recognize the girl in school and thank her for saving his life. Gabe couldn’t help falling for her as he got to know her and dump Sasha. Gabe begins to pursue Catherine and learns just how strict it is to date her.  Catherine seems to have something to hide and have trusting issues. Gabe soon receives threats that could harm those close to him. The alternative first person point of view is Elyse. Elyse lives with her unstable mom in Portland, OR and juggles between school and work to pay the bills. She is best friends with Brynn who likes vintage clothing at the thrift store. At school, she tries out for a role in Romeo & Juliet and got caught up in more than she bargained for. She has a taste of the forbidden fruit and wants more of it. Once she has it, it’s too far to go back. The freedom she dreams of turns into a nightmare, but it might not be too late to wake up.

This book is very well written and developed. I truly feel the voice of a high school student when I read each of his/her dramas. When comes to he said/she said with Gabe, I actually feel mad that nobody believes him. This book provide a good reminder to keep all the evidence otherwise, it could go back to bite you. I also learn that it’s good to keep calm because anger portrays you as a threat even though you are not. I was able to guess what will happen with Elyse but the twist at the end, that was Most Unexpected and I love it. I like the suspense and mystery in this book and many times I couldn’t put down the read. I like how reading this book, time seems to fly by. This thriller is an excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read it!

Pro: fast paced, page turner, easy to read, adrenaline rush, couldn’t put down, suspense, diversity, twists

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Donaldson graduated from Reed College and received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Austin with her family. (Info obtained from Penguin’s Website and photo obtained from

***Disclaimer: I won my copy of this book from Goodreads giveaway via the publisher. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


7 thoughts on “Lies You Never Told Me Review

  1. Jess Stranger says:

    I never usually pull for young adult novels, but I recently read The Greed by Scott Bergstrom and it was ok. You definitely made this one sound far more interesting than the reviews I read for this crazily popular book (The Greed).

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