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Even When You Lie to Me Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Alcott, Jessica
ISBN: 0385391196     ISBN-13: 9780385391191
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2016
Annotation: Because she sees herself as ugly and a misfit, tolerated only because of her friendship with pretty and popular Lila, Charlie dreads her senior year but a crush on the new charismatic English teacher, Mr. Drummond, makes school bearable until her eighteenth birthday, when boundaries are crossed.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-perception; Fiction.
Teacher-student relationships; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016025414
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.60 lbs) 344 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

Jessica Alcott lives with her husband and their two cats. She graduated from Bennington College and has worked at a children’s publisher in the UK.Even When You Lie to Me is her first novel. You can visit Jessica online at, on Twitter at @daisyhellcakes, and on Facebook.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
Introverted high-school senior Charlotte (Charlie) finds literature far less threatening than real life. She develops an increasingly personal and physical relationship with her English teacher, Mr. Drummond, the first one to really "get" her. The taboo interactions between the largely self-centered Charlie and her teacher are squirm-inducing and uncomfortably rendered but may generate productive discussions about appropriate boundaries.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 March)

Gr 10 Up—Charlie is dreading her senior year. Introverted, not traditionally pretty, and a bit of a bookworm, she has her sights set on life after high school. In fact, Charlie has applied early decision to Oberlin College. Her ever-loyal best friend, Lila, has become popular overnight, throwing Charlie's social inadequacies into sharper contrast. Mr. Drummond, her new English teacher, is the only bright spot in her life. He's young, super-friendly, and seems to get her. When Charlie's Type-A mother insists that she participate in an extracurricular activity, the girl joins the school newspaper, newly revived by Mr. Drummond. Charlie develops an intense and all-consuming crush on him, fueled by their time working on the newspaper together and discussing books in and out of class. Mr. Drummond is friendly to everyone, but Charlie senses that there is something different about his feelings for her. Alcott pushes the boundaries in this exploration of a taboo student-teacher relationship. Charlie's sexual thoughts and desires are candidly and honestly depicted. Complex emotional content is handled tactfully and sensitively. Additionally, all of Alcott's characters are well developed, from Charlie's parents to the Indian American twins in her English class, who befriend her. All have distinct personalities and motivations, adding to the realistic atmosphere the author has created. The witty repartee among characters is reminiscent of the dialogue in John Green's novels or a Gilmore Girls episode—although slightly improbable at times, it never fails to entertain. VERDICT A cutting-edge exploration of a thorny topic, this is a wonderful debut novel.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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