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Tell Me No Lies: Book Review

Tell Me No Lies: Book Review

TITLE: Tell Me No Lies

Author: by Adele Griffin

Published June 12th 2018


2.5 out of 5 stars


A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.

Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions.  When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?

Tell Me No Lies, a companion to the acclaimed Be True to Me, is a novel of unflinching emotional honesty about secrecy, lies, love, and identity.


Pages: 352

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Series? No, it’s a standalone (it is a companion to Be True To Me).

MY REVIEW OF Tell Me No Lies:

I really liked the premise of this book, set in the 1980’s with a nerdy girl who decided that she is in love with the sporty popular guy.

This book had a lot of real stuff in it and taught some valuable lessons.

Overall to me the writing was just okay, it wasn’t extraordinary and it wasn’t bad either.  Which is about the same way to sum up the characters. I enjoyed Claire’s character the best, but at times it felt like they were all trying too hard.

This book had some graphic sexual scenes which made the book less good in my opinion. I’m not a fan of anything graphic in books, especially between young characters. The material of this book made me confused as to who the target audience is supposed to be.

This is a fun young adult contemporary read, but to be honest, was not my favorite read of all time.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June


* I was sent an ARC of this book by Alonquin in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Receiving this book did not change my opinion in any way.

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3 thoughts on “Tell Me No Lies: Book Review”

    • Some of my favorite books this year have been Whisper by Lynette Noni, Ignite Me and Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus

      • Very nice, haven’t heard of those before but they sound interesting. Is this a challenge you would recommend doing/at least trying?

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