Have you ever read a book that left you aching inside, mourning when you finished, and that you couldn’t stop thinking about for days after you finished it? They’re the best kind of books.
If you haven’t got time to read the rest of my review, that’s a pretty good summary of Lies Like Love.
I discovered this book at the UKYA Extravaganza when I heard Louisa give a quick synopsis. Unfortunately, I reached the table just as someone picked up the last copy. I may or may not have let out a slow-mo movie-style ‘NOOOO!’, so I’m pretty happy to be on the Lies Like Love book tour – thank you Faye and Louisa.
‘There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .’
I think she’s verging on psychosis . . . now she’s lashing out.
She’s got no one else to fight for her.’
Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal. She’s trying to fit in. But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love? What happens then?
It took me a while to write a coherent review for this book. Lies Like Love is one of those books I loved so much that I just flailed at the keyboard for about four hours and wrote absolute rubbish that did it no justice. You know what I’m talking about, right?
I’m going to be vague about what actually happens because I think this book is one of those where you’ll get the best experience if you know as little as possible. However, I can talk about the characters, writing style, and everything else. Anything but the plot.
Something which isn’t mentioned in the synopsis is that we also read from the point of view of a boy called Leo, who goes to school with Audrey.
Lies Like Love is split into three parts. Within that, it’s also split up by month, and then each chapter is either told by Leo or Audrey. That might sound a little confusing but it’s not at all, and there’s no way you can get Leo and Audrey mixed up.
Speaking of our main characters; they’re both well-developed and detailed characters, and I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. They’re realistic, have issues to handle, and both of them undergo character development during the book.
The other characters are interesting also, and I enjoyed the relationship between Audrey and her little brother, and between Leo and his aunt. Too often, it seems that families are non-existent in YA books, so it’s nice to see a book where they exist and the characters have an actual relationship with them. Can you imagine such a thing?!
Louisa’s writing style is easy to read, hooks you straight away, and she makes you feel what the characters are going through. I’m not going to lie to you; at times it was dark and hard to read because I really felt for the characters and what they were going through.
I took Lies Like Love on holiday with me. I expected that I wouldn’t read much and would have to finish it when I got home, but I finished it in two nights. As soon as I put it down my brain was nagging me to pick it up and find out what happens next.
Honestly, this book was a breath of mountain-y fresh air. I love young adult books, but so many of them have characters which are perfect, there’s no character development and families are extinct. To read a book with imperfect characters who develop and have family relationships was a real joy.
If you’re a fan of quite dark and realistic YA, then I cannot recommend this enough. I think that if you liked All The Bright Places or books similar to that, then you will enjoy this.
There are three tour wide giveaways on the Lies Like Love blog tour, where you can win:
- A signed copy of Lies Like Love
- A signed copy of Louisa’s debut novel, Black Heart Blue
- A bundle of swag
a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you’re interested in seeing more posts from the Lies Like Love blog tour, you can see the full schedule here.
* I received a free copy of this as part of the book tour. As much as I like free books, it does not sway my opinion. This book was genuinely awesome.