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Friday 8 June 2018

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin ~ Tour & Review

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Welcome to my tour stop for Adele Griffin's Tell Me No Lies. Please visit other tour stops by clicking on the tour schedule button above and don't forget about the giveaway! 

About The Book

Tell Me No Lies

by Adele Griffin

Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.

Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions. When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?


Whatever happened, however it happened, was beside the point. The point was the experience. The point was change.

I really enjoyed Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin. It's set in the 80s, me being an 80s model I really loved the references to that era. Tell Me No Lies is an authentic, deep and raw story of two very different girls, and how their differences somehow brought them together and what they learnt from each other. This is a powerful book and really touches on some very serious topics.

Lizzy is slightly unsatisfied with her boring life, she's the one to always have good grades, works at the local library and has her assignments ready, not just on the due date but early! When Claire Reynolds moves to the area, she's mysterious, troubled, cool and just didn't care much of others' opinion of her. Lizzy and Claire became fast friends...navigating life as teens together; their differences somehow attracting them to each other.

What I adored about this book was that the Author really captures the lives of teens in high school, how you try and figure yourself out, sometimes choosing friends that aren't the best for you etc. It also gave us two opposing sides so the "bad" friend may not necessarily be "bad" but just undergoing serious issues. Griffin captures the authenticity of the teens emotions, judgements and their path to self-discovery.

The characters in Tell Me No Lies are so strong with their constant raw emotions. Lizzy in her naivety but keen to be someone different from her current self, Claire seemingly strong and independent, but deep down needed a friend just as much (if not more so) than Lizzy. The way Adele wrote her characters is so engrossing and moving...and oh my the emotions behind each character was intense! 

I also loved how Adele wrote out the ending, unable to give spoilers, I'll have an analogy of a gift...Adele wrote the ending with a nice wrapping paper, but did not tie a bow around it. So most will be quite satisfied with the ending, but there is a slight cliffhanger at the end, but not one where you'd be angry at the Author.

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin is an engaging, thought provoking Young Adult Contemporary. Adele's writing was great, she truly transported me back to that era, and also back to my teens, when I felt the same deep and raw emotions that her characters were undergoing. Last but not least, her characters are so authentic, and I couldn't help but love them all.

About The Author

Adele Griffin

Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and middle grade readers.

Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want toBe, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. The Un-finished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YABook of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Tell MeNo Liesis publishing in June 2018 with Algonquin Books.

Adele serves on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony, and ison the advi-sory board of 826NYC. She lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.


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