Thursday, February 26, 2015

[#Facepalm Review] Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Lies My Girlfriend Told MeLies My Girlfriend Told Me

When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?


I was enjoying the book & then BAMMMM! It's like the author threw up the rest of the ideas on the last part of the book and called it good.. What!

I should probably start from the very top. 

Alix gets the call that Swanee, her 6-weeks-girlfriend, unexpectedly dies. Trying to cope with the news, she is in disbelief and rushes over to her house to find a house full of emotional wreck and her hospital bag that was brought back with clothes that she died in. Going through her things, she find her cell phone and stashes it. REMEMBER THE CELL PHONE!

From the messages, it turns out that Swanee has been cheating on her with another girl but keeping it a secret to everyone including the actual identity of herself. Liana. Of all the 6 months that Liana was together with Swanee, she never asked her to see where she lived, etc. And Swanee actually pulled off the whole situation. Anyways, Alix ends up spending more time with Liana to figure out the extent of the lie and how deep it actually goes and start liking each other. 

So this part was actually interesting. I enjoy reading about horrible things like that (is that bad?) and there were a lot of raw emotions going on, specially with Swanee's sister. But the part that started to make me really pause was when they started to get closer to each other. Then it becomes something in between of "Yay you're my best friend, let's braid each other hair" & high school nonsense. Yup. 

To very briefly summarize one part of the book: 

Alix does something awful. 
They kiss. 
Liana finds out about that something awful and runs away. 
Alix thinks her life is over. 
27 days later, Alix drives to Liana's house with her new car. 
Alix says she's sorry. 
Liana says it's okay. 
They kiss. 
Liana yells: "Yay you got a new car!!!!" They both then jump in the air and high five each other..

Yup. #facepalm