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Monday, June 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering @atriabooks @atriamysterybus @carolatlovering

Tell Me Lies
by Carola Lovering

Excited to be launching the Blog Tour for Tell Me Lies!
Thank you so much to Atria Books for having me be a part and for this gifted copy.
The rules are simple:  If Atria publishes it, you read it!

Continue below to learn about the book, the author and my review of this all to realistic story.

Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: June 12, 2018

Kindle Edition
352 pages
Genre: Contemporary

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.
Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, TELL ME LIES follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. 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.

About the Author:

Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. She currently lives in Brooklyn.  

My Review:

Narcissistic and sociopathic men always manage to see which women are their easiest prey.  They don't even have to really be anything completely horrible - no physical abuse, no kicking kittens, just there on the spectrum... doing everything on their terms.  And it seems completely logical to them.  What the author does here is put us right into the mind of one of these men and one of the many women he's preyed upon.  The thing about men like this is that they feel no guilt, they have no true feelings and it's just a means to their own end.  Do what society expects - get married, have kids, be proper on the surface but yet underneath all of that is someone who constantly wants more.  He will always get tired of whoever he is with - finding some reason to cheat, move on or even get them back.  Cat/Mouse.  

Women with anxiety and low self esteem are somehow pulled right into their orbit.  Changing the way they live their life, postponing or canceling plans they otherwise wouldn't have - some affecting their lives dramatically.  This man becomes their world.... and he knows it.  

The thing about this book - it's SO REALISTIC!  I'm equally pissed off at both Stephen and Lucy.  I've been Lucy.  I've dated Stephen.  I've seen friends also go through these toxic relationships.  And unfortunately, there is NOTHING you can do but let it run its course and hopefully lessons will be learned on the other side.

I did get extremely frustrated with the repetitiveness of their actions.  HOWEVER, this is pretty much as real as it gets.  Those panicked and anxious feelings... how things seemingly change over night and for no reason at all.  The promises, the lies... and deep down you know... you just don't want to know.  

The ending also fell a little flat for me.  Again though, this is just life.  Unhealthy, toxic, in your face LIFE.  Women - my advice to you, and to myself, don't change who you are or your trajectory in life for anyone.  There IS someone out there who will love you for you.  Don't compromise your integrity, your self worth or your heart for someone who clearly won't do the same for you. 

Brilliantly written and all too realistic. 


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