Big Book,  YA

Lies Like Love

Louisa Reid
lies like loveLIES
‘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?

What were your overall thoughts on the book?
Two agonising years were spent waiting for the release of this book. After devouring Louisa Reid’s debut book, Black Heart Blue, I simply couldn’t wait for the next book written by this talented author. Fortunately, the wait was definitely worth it! Lies Like Love is an extraordinary book that pulled at my heartstrings and tore my soul in half – in the way only an amazing book can! While the style of the book took a little time to get used to, it quickly grew on me and I was reminded of why I was so excited for this book in the first place. I was truly sucked into this story and it stayed with me for days afterwards. (Book hangover!)
What was your favourite aspect of the book?
The rich, deep, raw theme and messages in the story. I like issue books. I like books that are dark but tell you something by not shying away and this book does exactly that. Just like with Black Heart Blue, Louisa Reid has created a book that is meaningful. It holds important messages and will really make you think. I loved how tense the book made me and how I was just able to put the characters firmly into my heart. Needless to say, I cannot wait to see what Louisa will do next!
Who was your favourite character and why?
Audrey! Audrey, Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. Here is a character that is written so realistically, she may as well be real. Honestly, Audrey is not perfect. She has fears, anxieties, worries, and pressures from all over the place. But she also has heart and soul. She has the ability to smile wide, to dance, and be free. But the reason I truly found her to be so amazing is her strength. The strength in her character was mind-blowing. Here is a character who will do everything she can, not just for herself, but also for her loved ones. She was easy to get attached to and I just loved reading about her journey so much.
Would you recommend this book?
100%. Definitely. I know there are some people out there who will dislike this book. Maybe it’ll make them uncomfortable or they simply don’t like reading books like it but I also guarantee that many, many people will love this book. It has heart, it packs a punch, and it is just incredible powerful. So, if you enjoy “issue” books, or if you want a book that is deep, dark, rich and emotional, then you should read Lies Like Love as I am sure you will not be disappointed in it.
Summarize in one sentence. (Verdict)
This is a book that will wrench your heart out and rip your soul apart – in the best possible way. An intense read that simply demands to be read.
Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: July 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 457
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: British book

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