Published by Simon and Schuster on June 12, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Coming of Age, Psychological
Named a Best Book of Summer by PureWow * Betches * Refinery29 * Parade * PopSugar * Bustle * Working Mother * Town & Country * Thought Catalog * Literary Hub * Brides
"A twisted modern love story.” —Parade
“Everything you could ever want in a summer read.” —USA TODAY
Everyone remembers the one. No, not that one. The other 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 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.
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Intense…I have to be honest and say this book was extremely frustrating for me. Definitely not your conventional romance or even a dark romance. It is a twisted, emotional ride on the toxic relationship roller coaster, with unbelievable highs and devastating lows.
It is a raw, gritty and honest look at young girl’s journey to self-discovery, college life, partying, falling for the wrong guy and getting wrapped up in the angsty, heartbreaking drama. He loves me, he loves me not. He wants me, he wants me not. My head was spinning. I wanted to shake Lucy. At the same time, I understood her.
Lucy’s character is an exaggerated form of most girls at one time or another, looking for love and validation. My heart broke for her and all the things she went through that fed her insecurities and made her easy prey for Stephen. Stephen had no redeeming qualities at all, except maybe knowing exactly who he was. He is a great anti-hero. I liked that it is told in alternating POV. Being in Stephen’s head was definitely enlightening.
Tell Me Lies is a story of being at the wrong place at the right time. It is a realistic look at the harrowing effects of falling for the wrong person.
Praise for TELL ME LIES
“Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering’s debut… a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities fueled by alcohol and cocaine, and with oodles of sizzling sexual tension… There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.”
“Tell Me Lies is as dark and daring as it is absorbing. I found myself immediately drawn into the desperation and misguided obsession of young love. Who hasn’t, at one point, fallen this hard and gotten this lost? Carola Lovering has created something unexpected and original, yet deeply familiar.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“Riveting. With Tell Me Lies, Carola Lovering has given us a keenly observed, no-holds-barred examination of the mistakes we make under the guise of love. If you’ve ever fallen for the wrong person—and let’s be honest, you probably have—this book is for you.”
—Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding
“Tell Me Lies is a daring coming of age tale from a fresh new voice. This unvarnished look at both sides of a toxic romance is as resonant as it is harrowing, with characters so finely drawn they’ll linger in the imaginations of readers long after the final page. This book is unflinching, unforgettable, and unputdownable.”
—Andrea Dunlop, author of She Regrets Nothing
“Ever wondered what that bad boyfriend was really thinking? You’ll find out in Carola Lovering’s addictive debut. For fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes, Tell Me Lies is a devastatingly accurate portrayal of a toxic relationship. Once its hooks are in, you’ll have no choice but to tear through every page.”
—Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars
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.