Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies

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 forgiv...

Details Tell Me Lies

TitleTell Me Lies
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews Tell Me Lies

  • Shannon
    THANK YOU to Carola Lovering for getting me out of my book slump!! Oh my god I loved this. I LOVED IT. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering was so relatable to me that I read this in one day! Have you ever seen that meme where it’s a picture of a guy with a cell phone and the meme reads “hmm I haven’t talked to her in a few months, let me text her before she moves on”. That meme makes me laugh every time I see and it reminds me of this book. H...
  • Gabby
    DNF at 160 pagesJesus fucking Christ I can't even deal with any of the characters in this book. This is a "thrilling" coming-of-age story that follows this couple Stephen and Lucy. They are both from New York, but they are going to college in California, where they meet. This novel is told in their dual POV's. My main issue with this book is: Stephen. I'm not sure if I've ever hated a character more than I hate him. Lucy isn't my favorite charact...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    I devoured this book in under 24 hours and I really need more now. From the first pages, Lucy is heading to Soul Cycle in her Lululemon leggings after a night out at the William Vale hotel in Brooklyn and I’m like THIS GIRL COULD BE ME. Then, I find out Lucy grew up on Long Island (same) and in college meets Stephen, a man who is not in her league looks wise but manages to win her over. But Stephen is really just the worst! Told in alternating ...
  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    review to come!
  • Joycelin Hunter
    "Tell Me Lies" is truly a page-turner. I read the entire thing on a 6 hour flight from NYC to SF!Everyone can relate to having once loved/lusted/cared for the wrong person. We've all had feelings for someone that logically we know we shouldn't have, but cannot help ourselves anyway. In Lucy's case, she has fallen in love/lust with the maniacal Stephen, a character who has been drawn out with exquisite depth and detail. The dual narrative gives us...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    View this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.I will rarely be recorded saying this, and I know I will be in a very small majority, but I absolutely hated this book. It hurts me to say something so negative about a debut novel, but I just could not feel anything but happiness over finishing this story.In such a character-driven novel, completely loathing the m...
  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    This book was wild. This book took me right back to college, to a time where hormones and alcohol and insecurities rolled out the red carpet for bad decisions and toxic relationships. I feel like every one of us has been a Lucy at some point, or a Diana, or a Pippa. And we all know a Stephen, unfortunately. And as brutal as it is to take this journey with Lucy, as frustratingly clear as our own hindsight reveals her path to us, we've still all be...
  • Kari | Books For The Living
    Put simply, Tell Me Lies is about a boy and a girl in a very toxic relationship. But of course, there is so much more to say about it.This book follows Lucy as she navigates college and post-college life. It is told in dual POVs and dual timelines, but surprisingly (and thankfully) it was not difficult to follow. She has a bit of a fraught relationship with her mother due to something that happened when she was a teenager (Lucy deems it the “Un...
  • Stephanie
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.Tell Me Lies is an addicting tale of a toxic relationship and the dysfunctional people involved in it.I really liked that the story was told in alternating 1st person POV. It helped keep a good pace throughout the story and I really feel like I got to know both Lucy and Stephen. They were both awful people (though Lucy was more troubled than truly awful), but I found myse...
  • Natasha at Book Baristas
    SO GOOD. Review to come!
  • Sheyla ✎
    3.5 FangsTell Me Lies by Carola Lowering is a tale of deceit, premeditation, suffering, and acceptance. It is told in dual POVs.Lucy Albright starts college in California away from her parents specifically her mother. Lucy doesn't get along with her mother since an incident which occurred when she was younger. After it, she started calling her mother by her first name and wanted nothing to do with her. In college, Lucy immediately starts making f...
  • Corinne Sullivan
    I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed TELL ME LIES. Reading it was such a viceral and emotional experience, the story so deftly handled and the characters so believably developed. I'm almost four years out of college, but this story hit so close to home that I was immediately brought back to my own college insecurities and failings. I never imagined that the experience of reading it would emotionally gut me in the best kind of way. Thi...
  • Emily Barasch
    For me, the definition of a good, powerful book is one that takes hold of me; grips me from start to finish; and stays with me long after. 'Tell Me Lies' is like that. The book spans so many relevant themes: longing for the one person you can never fully have; body image in the age of social media (some of her comments about Facebook and Instagram are truly lol); subtle class differentiations; mild substance abuse; the complexities of female frie...
  • Amelia
    This book is simply amazing and just what is missing from book shelves! Lovering is able to convey what all us have experienced in dating, the one who screws you up, who you'll never forget, who breaks your heart, who you look back on and wondering how you got over. That one person. Relatable from teenagers all the way to seniors. With many twists and turns, an exciting, page turning plot I could NOT put this book down. Lovering does not disappoi...
  • RobC
    Tell Me Lies is a book anyone with a dating history can connect with. I highly recommend it to female and male readers alike. It pulls you in quickly and does not let up until the last page. Read it on vacation when you have time on your hands, if you do not you will neglect other responsibilities until you finish.
  • Elsie
    Could not put this book down! Calling ALL book clubs - you NEED to add 'Tell Me Lies' to your schedule this year!
  • Charlie Lovering
    Lovering bursts onto the scene with a home run debut novel! Skeptical at first that I would enjoy it as a male reader but it sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. 5 stars!
  • Caroline Tory
    I love books written from two perspectives and this debut by Carola Lovering is no exception! The novel alternates between Lucy, an angsty college freshman, and Stephen, the jerk that she falls for. Stephen sends Lucy into a tailspin and impacts the decisions she makes in college and as she starts her professional life in New York City. The settings in this book are beautifully rendered — a liberal arts campus in California, the Hamptons, New Y...
  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    I will give this a 3.5. While I do have some issue with the overall presentation it is an incredibly honest depiction of a toxic relationship. Told from the alternating perspectives Lucy and Stephen, we get a front row seat to the very definition of an unhealthy relationship. I can see how how this novel will resonate with twenty somethings. I would give this to anyone who needs to look in the mirror and kick their own narcissistic asshole to the...
  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    It’s funny how you see the cover of a book and read the synopsis, and then conclude it will probably be a great, light, ‘beach read’ for the summer. But then you start reading the book and it is a little heavier than you thought, and then oh, well, humph, it actually is speaking to you because you can 100% relate, and so now you are getting a whole lot more out of said book than you ever bargained for. This is exactly what happened to me wi...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    It started with so much potential - I mean, who doesn't have that cringe-worthy ex that makes you shudder like you just drank rotten milk when you think of them - or more importantly how you were when you were with them. This story just drags on and on, long after you see Stephen for the psycho he is and are begging for Lucy to pull her head out and end it for good.Baird College is supposed to be a stand in for one of the 5 Claremont McKenna scho...
  • Adrian
    Wow. Everyone will relate to this story. You've been Lucy and you probably dated Stephen once or twice in your life. I know I did. I was glued to the pages waiting to see what would happen in Stephen and Lucy's relationship. I'm not sure how I could hate a character yet root for them to work out. This book is a wild ride of emotions and I loved every second of that ride. Just WOW.
  • Edie Shipler
    Tell Me Lies envelopes you into a world of drama, secrets, and a story that everyone can relate to. Carola has created one of the biggest page turners I have ever read and I was instantly pulled into Lucy's world. Truly a one of a kind novel, and an amazing first one at that! I am excited to see what is next from literary genius, Carola Lovering!
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    Right off the bat, I knew I would have trouble liking the main heroine. She was way too vain and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t bring myself to like her. It seemed to me that the characters took a lot of pride in how thin a person was—that being skinny just meant you looked better automatically. As if beauty equates how thin you are. “Bree’s prettiness was mostly accentuated by her thin figure. Skinny people just look better, I re...
  • angelareadsbooks
    Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies. We have all had those relationships where we have seen only what we wanted to see. And the times where we have known we were being lied to, but we wanted to believe it anyways.I requested Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering after seeing it listed for the Book Sparks 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. Though I was unfamiliar with the author, I liked several of the other authors on the list so decided to give this o...
  • Mayleen
    3.5 stars for me. I would have rated it higher but the story kept repeating itself. Loved the concept. I hated Stephen which is why the story worked for me. I really like when an author can bring out strong emotions, especially hatred, through their writing. I’ll be recommending this to my library patrons who read for shock value. Thanks for the advanced copy NG.
  • Lauren Jenkins
    I wanted a book I could devour during a nine-house trip and this was it. I can’t say I loved it, but it kept me rapt even if not for great reasons. This is the story of an unhealthy infatuation disguised as a love story. I’m sure many of us will be able to identify with pieces of the uneven dynamic between Lucy and Stephen. Overall, I enjoyed it.
  • Kate
    3.5 // full review TK