(Review) Lies You Never Told Me

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson 
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 
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.

My Review:

I wasn't quite sure where this one was going when I first jumped into it. Gabe's story is interesting, if not a little frightening. He's in a relationship that he is clearly not in charge of and his girlfriend is a little scary. She's manipulative and scary in a very Gone Girl for teenagers kind of way. 

Elyse's narrative is a little different. Her life and sad and she falls for the wrong person. Things get crazy from their. 

When Gabe breaks up with Sasha an starts dating someone else, Sasha loses it. Things go from bad to worse for Gabe just as Elyse's life starts to blow up in her face. 

I can't say much without spoiling it, but I liked the way that the stories were told and how they finally came together. The twist was good, and I appreciated the suspense that the author provided us with. Both Gabe and Elyse are interesting characters who think that what they are doing is the right thing. Whether it's for themselves or for their family, they feel like their actions are justified. 

This was good. Nice and twisty and a little creepy.

Thanks to First to Read for the ARC.