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Author: Donaldson, Jennifer
Publisher: Razrbill/ Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781595148520
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

Lies You Never Told Me

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Debut author Jennifer Donaldson incorporates and explores many relevant and diverse social issues such as bullying, abuse, addiction, mental illness, poverty, racism and prejudice in this impressive psychological thriller. She amps up the suspense and drama by telling a story filled with lies in alternating chapters by two high school students dealing with toxic relationships. The parallel narratives follow Gabe, a Mexican-American skater, as he makes the momentous decision to break up with Sasha, his popular and controlling girlfriend, and Elyse, the shy quiet daughter of an abusive drug-addicted mother, who earns the leading role in her school play, learns to command the spotlight, and begins an illicit relationship with a teacher. Although they live in separate cities, their toxic relationships and deadly secrets make this gripping story a page-turner, with the plot line intersecting at a sinister conclusion. Mature young adult readers will become invested in the believable characters and their journeys towards the twisted climax.

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