Review: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Pages: 265

Format: ARC

Source: TBF Live

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Contemporary, LGBT

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me is a beautiful story about family, loss, love, and the amazing things that can come from the worst tragedies.

Originally, I was unsure about this book. I didn’t know how the author planned to deal with the fact that it followed a girl who was a lesbian. I was happy to see that it wasn’t about her coming out, or struggling with her sexuality, because who really cares? She’s a lesbian. So what? That’s fine by me. This was a contemporary through and through, following the main character’s coping with the loss of her girlfriend, and the effects it had on her, and everyone in her life.

The relationships between the main character, Alix’s parents, her brother, Joss, and of course Liana were portrayed so realistically. The distance that Alix’s family was feeling from her after the death of her girlfriend, the anger Joss felt toward the world, and the muddied feelings Alix had for Liana were expertly written.

This book touched on a lot of topics, but didn’t fully develop them. Many of them only skimmed the surface or were mentioned once or twice. I would have liked to have seen more development, which I feel would have made the story even more bittersweet and tragic.

Overall, Lies My Girlfriend Told Me is, like I just mentioned, a bittersweet story. If you’re in the mood for a more serious read, but not too deep, I’d definitely recommend this book.

Week in Review: May 18th

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What I did:

I finished APs!!! *happy dance* – Okay but enough about school… I finally got to spend a lot of time on reading this past Friday, and I’m hoping my weeks will be much less stressful and full of extra time to spend blogging, reading and being with friends!

ALSO, yesterday I went to an amazing Teen Book Festival with over 20 authors in attendance and had a GREAT time! I met a ton of amazing authors, listened to them speak, and got books signed! Would you guys like me to do a recap post? Let me know in the comments, but I probably will anyway since it was SO FUN! 🙂

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