Author: Angela Fristoe
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 3 (3.5) Stars
Phoebe Matlin has always felt broken. While one of her sisters sees the future, and the other can heal people, Phoebe has come to accept that her truth telling gift just doesn’t work.
Then her best friend, Tonya, lies to her and Phoebe’s gift flares to life. With Tonya pissed at her, being a Truth Teller suddenly doesn’t seem like such a great gift. Although, it is nice knowing she was the reason her crush, Nathan, dumped his stalker girlfriend.
But in lies, intention is everything and Tonya’s lies are a cry for help. The fear that her friend is covering darker and more serious truths is something Phoebe can’t ignore. But knowing when someone is lying is the easy part. Now she has to decide what to do about it. And with Nathan and his doubts about her ability confusing things, finding a way to help Tonya isn’t as easy as Phoebe thought it would be.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
There is so much I want to say about Lie To Me by Angela Fristoe. There was so much to the book that I wasn’t expecting, but in some ways, there was also a lot less.
As far as the technical aspect of the book is concerned, it was well edited. I only ran into one noticeable typo in the entire book, and that’s pretty amazing. The narrative was easy to read and was paced well. I never felt rushed or bogged down. I got sucked into the book right away and I was entertained by what I found there.
The characters themselves were an interesting mix of barely-there stereotypes (like the angry, popular ex-girlfriend) and the amazingly complex (like the main character). Phoebe was a very interesting character in particular. Going into the story I’d read a few negative character reviews of Phoebe—and I kind of get it. She could be a bit of a loose cannon at times, and yes, she could be a bit bratty… but I saw more to her than that.
Phoebe lived in a strange, dynamically volatile household. She was stuck with an overprotective father, a sister that was constantly trying to take all of her very real, but negative feelings away, another sister who could see her future—and often used that information against her, and a grandmother who pried into her past constantly through her ‘gift’. Frankly, I could understand Phoebe’s discontent. She lived in a war zone where she was constantly being bombarded by her family and they gave her very little privacy or consideration. I’d be angry too! As the main character, I found Phoebe flawed, but in a believable and interesting way.
Unfortunately, there were some parts of the story that lacked. Nathan, as a love interested just didn’t cut it for me. I think because there was so much going on in the story outside of the romance, he often got treated as a bit of a side character, and I feel like I didn’t get a chance to really know him as well as I wanted to.
Also, there were so many unanswered questions about Phoebe’s sisters, her friends, and her gift that were never really delved into. I’m sure there will be more about all of those further into the series, but I still can’t help but feel like I missed out on some important information. The entire paranormal aspect of the book was used frequently in the story to spur on the action and drama of the plot, was fairly glossed over in every other way possible.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was more complex than I’d expected, and although not perfect, I’m glad I read it.