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Lies You Never Told Me
Contributor(s): Donaldson, Jennifer
ISBN: 1595148523     ISBN-13: 9781595148520
Publisher: Razorbill
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: A story told in parallel narratives follows the experiences of two students who against a backdrop of a school production of Romeo and Juliet find their lives upended by their relationships with the wrong people and a fateful bad choice that results in unforeseen consequences. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Teacher-student relationships; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2018003487
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 325 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

Gabe Jimenez's life turns upside down when he's a victim of a hit-and-run and ends up in the arms of a mysterious girl, whom he believes is his savior. Things intensify after he runs into the girl again at the mall and learns that her name is Catherine and that she is a new student at his school. Thousands of miles away in Oregon, Elyse is thrilled to be picked as the lead in the school production of Romeo and Juliet. Her home life with her opioid-addicted mother is less than perfect, and she welcomes the attentions of her drama teacher, Mr. Hunter, who begins to groom her for a boundary-crossing relationship. Meanwhile, Gabe's relationship with his girlfriend, Sasha, turns sour as her jealousy of Catherine leads her to behave in more erratic and dangerous ways. Debut author Donaldson weaves together two seemingly unconnected stories that eventually merge in a way that only the most attentive readers will predict. Moments of melodrama are ultimately assuaged by sympathetic, well-rounded characters in this taut, intense thriller that could serve as a cautionary tale for obsessive teen relationships. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lanie Davis, Alloy Entertainment. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 9 Up—This novel features two parallel forbidden love stories told in alternating chapters. Elyse is a thespian, lives with her pill-popping mother and keeps their home afloat, taking on all adult responsibilities while her mom flows in and out of sobriety. When Elyse gets the role as Juliet in the school play, she falls in love and runs away with her teacher Mr. Aiden Hunter. Meanwhile, Gabe is an average teen who adores his sister Vivi, who has Down syndrome, and tolerates his popular girlfriend, Sasha. She is the most powerful teenager in her class and bullies anyone who dares to cross her. The stories collide when a teen saves Gabe after a hit-and-run car accident. He falls in love with the mysterious young woman who saved him. He tracks Catherine down at school and they begin talking on the sly because of Catherine's overprotective father and Sasha. When Gabe breaks up with Sasha, she kidnaps Gabe's sister, hides cameras in Gabe's room, and sets Catherine's house on fire, all while setting Gabe up to make him look like the culprit. This is a fast-paced and engaging read. However, the way the story lines come together stretches credulity, and may leave readers scratching their heads because of time line and continuity issues. VERDICT Give to teens who can suspend disbelief and enjoy melodramatic thrillers.—Julia Christensen, Michigan City, IN

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