Book Review: "Lies My Girlfriend Told Me"

Lies My Girlfriend Told MeLies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Julie Anne Peters is da bomb, and that's all there is to it. With several young adult novels to her name already--including my favorite, "Keeping You A Secret"--she has now come out with "Lies My Girlfriend Told Me." Teenager Alix has been in a relationship for six weeks with a charismatic classmate named Swanee, and is head over heels in love. Then Swanee suddenly dies of a heart attack while preparing for a track meet, and Alix is naturally inconsolable.

That's just the beginning, though. While going through Swanee's room looking for some of her things she'd left there, Alix finds Swanee's cell phone...and the dozens of text messages from another girl. It soon turns out that Swanee wasn't all that Alix--or the other girl--had believed that she was. They soon discover that lie had been piled upon lie, and that they had both been duped by Swanee, adding a heavy dose of betrayal to their grieving.

But wait, there's another surprise! Alix and Liana (the text message girl) find themselves attracted to each other. Is it a rebound thing? Revenge? Or could it be something better than Swanee ever offered either of them? You'll have to read the book to find out!

On a personal note, this novel's storyline was a spooky bit of deja vu for me. Ten years ago, I fell hard for a woman who was a whole lot like Swanee. People like that, they seem so magnetic, but they're hollow. Alix, you deserve better!

Highly recommended.

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Sioux Roslawski said…
Five out of five from Shay? That hardly ever happens...(and I'll send a couple of ponies your way)
Helen said…
Sounds like a good summer read ~~
hedgewitch said…
Still no pillaging, hoop skirts or even dragons? O well--I'm glad you enjoyed it Shay. There is nothing in this world like a good book to make your day.
Marion said…
Sounds like a great read. I'll add it to my huge pile of TBR books. I've recently discovered Alice Munro for the first time and am compulsively reading all of her short stories. She's amazing and so are you. xo
Maude Lynn said…
I know that you're a fan, so I'm glad she didn't disappoint.
Daryl said…
there's something about YA books that i can't resist i think i might need to read this … thanks!
Sara said…
It is nice when you find an author who just speaks to you. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of YA books, but I can see why this one would mean a lot to you.

I've read books that captured something that happened in my life -- be a type of person or a situation. It is strange, like someone is telling your own memory:~)