Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

Lies You Never Told Me

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...

Details Lies You Never Told Me

TitleLies You Never Told Me
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Lies You Never Told Me

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    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. My Experience: I started reading Lies You Never Told Me on 4/15/18 and finished it on 4/24/1...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---Maybe I shouldn't have read this after the Echo Killing, but for me this was just okay *shrugs* Not great not bad, just in the middle.
  • Marla
    Lies You Never Told Me was a page turner. I liked how the story went back and forth between Elyse in Portland and Gabe in Austin. Their lives were very different yet kind of the same. Elyse is a 16-year-old who decides to go out of her comfort zone and audition for the school play. She has a junkie for a Mom who can’t keep a job and can’t keep off the stuff so Elyse has had to grow up young and try to keep them in an apartment. Then there is ...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    Although this didn’t completely blow my mind, Lies You Never Told Me was an extremely readable and entertaining book.Told from the two perspectives of Gabe and Elyse, this story unfolds as we see through the eyes of each of them every other chapter. After completing just the first two chapters, both storylines had my interest and I was curious to see how they would connect. I had a few guesses, one of which took the lead fairly early on and ult...
  • Diana Iozzia
    “Lies You Never Told Me”Written by Jennifer Donaldson“Lies You Never Told Me” is a complex book. We meet four titular characters, Elyse, Gabe, Catherine, and Sasha. Sasha and Gabe are breaking up, and Sasha is hell bent on preventing that from happening. Gabe meets Catherine and starts to fall in love with her. In a separate perspective, Elyse begins to fall in love with her drama teacher, Aiden. After this begins, I don’t really unders...
  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    3.75-4 stars, so I'll just round up! More thoughts coming soon.
  • Aisling
    Whoa! This one blew me away. I read an ARC copy and I really can't wait to see how this one explodes into popularity. It begins with alternating stories--great dialogue, fast paced, interesting characters but for sure you can see what's coming; it's like watching a slow moving train crash. At one point I even scoffed to myself 'well that was predictable' BUT, dear reader, you HAVE. NO. IDEA. I think the author does a truly brilliant job of pullin...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thank you to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME by Jennifer Donaldson in exchange for my honest review.***3.5 STARSIn Oregon, Elyse lands the part of Juliet in her school play while beginning a dangerous relationship. In Texas Gabe’s ex girlfriend doesn’t want to let him go. And she’s willing to stoop to crime to get him back. These teens stories come together in a deadly conclusion.Almost from ...
  • Haley
    * I received a copy via First To Read in exchange for an honest review* Definitely a book I would recommend. I figured out what was going to happen pretty early on but still wanted to finish the book. I enjoyed Gabe, Elyse and Catherine but Sasha was a miss for me especially after the second half of the book. Some of her actions were a little unbelievable. There was also a bit of insta-love but overall a solid read with some nice twists. I would ...
  • Carrie Nelson
    I received an ARC copy through a Goodreads Giveaway.Wow! I devoured this book in one sitting. “Lies You Never Told Me” is definitely a page-turner and I did not see that ending. Although this book is marked as young adult, I feel that a lot of adults will enjoy the story. The author did a great job creating characters and weaving the story together. I look forward to seeing more from Jennifer Donaldson.
  • Lesley
    I found this book mostly predictable but there is a good twist towards en!3 star book for me but definitely this book belongs in the hands of the 15-30 age group who this book is more targeted for and will really enjoy it!. Hope the author much success and thanks for the opportunity to read this advanced copy!
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2.5 starsI feel a little conflicted over this even though this should be a relatively straightforward review. There's something about this book that made me not like it as much as I could have, and it's not something concrete like writing style or a specific plot element. It's more like I have this uncomfortable feeling when I think about this, if that makes any sense. I think this lies within Elyse and her relationship with her teacher, but part...
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    Holy moly! I finished the book in three hours. I meant to read a few pages before bed, but then I couldn’t stop reading. This was so damn good! I just thought I’d throw that out there. There’s a juicy forbidden romance plotline, betrayals, crazy ex-girlfriends, and pretty much spending the whole book wondering how everything comes together. Oh boy, did it deliver! The twist was perfection that I didn’t even see it coming. It was so obviou...
  • Gabrielle
    Received an ARC of this book and I was so happy that I did because from the moment I opened this book I was hooked. I literally couldn't put it down and read a good chunk of it before I had to eventually get some sleep. Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of books that switch multiple perspectives unless they're done right like this one did. I could hear each character's distinct voice every time I switched perspectives. Never once did I think this...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    4.5 stars. HO.LEE.CHIT.I love a good thriller and this was a damn good thriller. DAMN. I'm so shook and will be for a while!
  • Katy Budget Books
    Abby says: Hooked from page one, I read this in one sitting. When writing a two perspective story, you want to be interested in hearing what both voices has to say; Jennifer Donaldson does this superbly. In a tale of twists and turns, love and deep wrongs, you find yourself with an ending you both expect and yet didn't at all. If you're looking for a page turner that will keep you thinking for the rest of the day and the next, pick up this book.
  • Kelsey Morrison
    Gabe, Elyse, Sasha, Catherine...They all have dark secrets. Troubles in their past and present that they must keep hitten from everyone. Like a twisted breakfast club, these characters will draw you in and ensnare you. Leaving you guessing until the last page as to who will snap and who will pay. Donaldson doesn't disappoint.The spider-web of lies and deception will draw you in, and before you know it there will be no way out and you are still re...
  • Marta Sala
    DNF1° x 3x1
  • Myrna Gottlieb
    I received an advance copy of"Lies You Never Told Me" from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I finished the book in a sitting. Afterwards, when I logged onto Goodreads to write a review, I could not find the book. It seems the original title is or was "Let it Burn."And "Lies You Never Told Me" (not to be confused with "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng) is an alternate title. Hard to find the title on Amazon as well- best way i...
  • Amanda
    This was a Goodreads giveaway win. When I started reading Lies You Never Told Me, I thought "this isn't going to be as good as I thought it would be." The story (stories?) starts a bit slow, but as it blossoms, I can see we needed a bit of background before we could really understand these characters. Elyse has a troubled home life: her father is in jail, her mother is an addict, and Elyse fights to keep food in her stomach and a roof over her he...
  • Denise Levendoski
    Thank you to Jennifer Donaldson and I won this book in a Giveaway.Serious frickin' plot twist . . . . that I loved!! and the fact that this book was easy to read and follow along as you went back and forth between point of views. I felt that this book was more appropriate for an older audience with the situations in it but it was still drama filled like a good teen book should be !
  • Suzi
    Well thought out characters and plot. With a surprise ending.
  • Julie Akemann
    I received this advanced reader's copy from Penguin Teen through a Goodreads Giveaway. 3.5 Stars. Early on in the book, I will admit that I rolled my eyes a few times at the predictability of some of the YA themes and characters. However, about halfway through the book (as I was flying through it), I kept trying to guess the big twist and came up with all different kinds of scenarios. I had NO CLUE and audibly gasped out loud as the pieces came t...
  • Michelle
    This YA novel pulled me in from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I very much enjoyed the ending and the layers within the storytelling. I would recommend to young adult fans and adults who enjoy a good thriller. It wasn’t too risky so fine for teens (no sex scenes and I can’t remember any foul language). It does open the door for conversations about healthy relationships, appropriate relationships with adults who might prey on...
  • Judy
    I really enjoyed this book. The end threw me for so much of a loop, that I may now have to read it again to really understand it all. Quite an unexpected twist.
  • Shannon Owens
    could not put down a page turner
  • Brandi Nyborg
    I received this book through a giveaway. I’ve always enjoyed a good ya suspense novel. Reading the description of this book, I knew this was going to be one wild ride. Boy was I right. I raced through this book in two sittings. This author has a talent for getting inside the heads of both the twisted and more normal characters. The book is very well paced. Not at any point did I feel like the story was dragging. The two point of views were both...
  • Susan