Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.
Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.
But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.
She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.
In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.
My Thoughts: I was extremely looking forward to this one! I thought it sounded really good and interesting. I know we’re not supposed to want these plots but we always need to know what happens to the people in them.
We are introduced to Charlie who is a teenager. She goes to school, lives with her parents and joins the newspaper. She isn’t a very athletic or social person. She has her best friend and a small group of people she does things with. And, she’s mostly ok with that.
A new teacher starts at the school and he’s a big flirt. Or at least it seems like it. He encourages the students and I could see the chemistry between him and Charlie. I don’t know exactly how old he was, but he seemed really young.
I knew I shouldn't like Mr. Drummond but I did. There was something comforting and cute about him. And that's probably why all the girls liked him.
I don’t know. I really wanted to love this one but I didn’t really love it. I liked it enough to read it, and finish it. But I felt like nothing really happened. Charlie went to school, came home, and did it all again the next day. It only started getting really good near the ending I just didn’t connect to the characters or the story very well I guess.
And, some will love this one because it goes a different way than I thought it was going too. The only thing I can really say is to go into it with an open mind.
Overall: It was just ok. I did like it but I didn’t really fall in love with any of it. There were parts I really liked, and then parts I didn’t like much. Probably more of a 3.5 cupcakes for me.
Cover: Like the cover. I’d pick it up!
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