Title: The Lie That Binds
Author: Amy Argent
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2022
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations
I am a liar.
I lie to protect myself.
I lie because I’m terrified.
I lie to keep a secret that would destroy everything in my life if everyone knew.
Holly is the new girl at school and my unwilling lab partner. She hates me because I’m one of the popular guys—one of the bullies who terrorize the unfortunate and the unpopular. For me, it’s who I’ve had to become to keep anyone from getting too close—close enough to see right through me.
When Holly finds out my secret, I have to do whatever it takes to keep her quiet—even if it means telling the most damaging lie of all—the one I tell myself.
“There are so many emotions in this story. It makes you laugh, cry, hope, sigh. It will take you back to your teenage years. You will relive the emotional rollercoaster of that time in your life. This is a must read that you can’t put down.” – Julie, Goodreads
“I could not stop reading this book. This is an exploration of all that motivates the young as they navigate the waters to reach adulthood along with a smattering of education. It shines a light on the invisible burdens that are not so easily recognized by the world at large. Not all handicaps are visible, and the ones we place on our own hearts may do the most damage. I think this book could start a hundred important conversations.” – Rebekah, Goodreads
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Lie That Binds after reading Amy Argent’s Embrace Tomorrow duet. But wow, what a story!
Nathan is one of the popular guys in his high school, and Holly is the newcomer in town, kind of a misfit. They have zero in common, Holly and her friends are often the butts of the jokes made by Nathan and his buddies, and Holly hates her new school at first because of it. But then she witnesses something that Nathan never wanted anyone to see, never planned for anyone outside of his brother and parents to know about. His secret is so devastating — at least to a 17-year-old — that he is willing to do anything to keep his secret. Include befriend and date Holly so she won’t share her business.
But then Nathan falls in love with Holly. And what does he do now?
Amid all the teenage angst and secrets, The Lie That Binds is a wonderful tale of the healing power of love. Despite Nathan’s lies at the onset of their relationship, there is so much beauty in how his feelings for Holly changed him, and the selfish boy’s selfless act changes everything between them. This story was quite enjoyable, and I also loved the support that Nathan and Holly got from their friends!
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.