Lies You Never Told Me is the first book by Jennifer Donaldson and what a page turner. The story is about Elyse in Portland and Gabe in Austin with the chapters going back and forth between their lives. These two high school students have never met.
Elyse is a shy 16-year-old who goes out of her comfort zone and auditions for the school play. She is surprised after winning the lead role in Romeo and Juliet, the role she thought her best friend Brynn should have landed. Elyse lives with her junkie Mom, who can’t keep a job and can’t keep off the stuff, so Elyse has had to grow up fast at a young age. She pays the bills and keeps the apartment clean.
Then there is Gabe who lives in Austin. Gabe’s girlfriend, Sasha, is very popular and knows it. She is a total beatch and tries to control him. Sasha is very jealous when Gabe spends time with his family, even gets upset when he attends his down syndrome sister Vivi’s dance recital. Sasha thinks Gabe should be with her all the time. She isn’t nice to any of her friends and they let her get away with it. Sasha is the true queen bee of the school.
One night, Gabe leaves Sasha’s house on his skateboard and is hit by a car. A girl stops and calls the police but doesn’t stick around. He soon sees the girl, Catherine, at school and is attracted to this quiet girl who sticks to herself. Gabe breaks up with Sasha and her crazy side comes out.
While all this drama is happening with Gabe, Elyse shares an accidental kiss with someone at drama practice and she steadily falls in love. As Gabe and Elyse make choices that change their lives, the story ramps up even more, pushing the reader on a journey where you are scared for one character and want to reach in and slap sense into the other. As the story begins to wrap up, Gabe and Elyse head towards dangerous situations that could ruin both their lives.
I don’t want to give anything away about the choices they both make because it will give too much away and I would rather people find out themselves, trust me, they are big. This was such a fantastic story. I hope other people enjoy Lies You Never Told Me as much as I did.
“A compulsive page-turner with a shocking twist–get ready to stay up all night!” –Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
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.
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