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Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time It s an uncomfortable, unsettling and it made me feel a whole range of feelings from rage and disappointment and frustration, hope, and ultimately a sorrowful sadness I love how emotional the experience of reading this book was for me and I was quite surprised by how much of an impact this book had on me It probably shouldn t have been a surprise for me though, as I knew going into this book that i Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time It s an uncomfortable, unsettling and it made me feel a whole range of feelings from rage and disappointment and frustration, hope, and ultimately a sorrowful sadness I love how emotional the experience of reading this book was for me and I was quite surprised by how much of an impact this book had on me It probably shouldn t have been a surprise for me though, as I knew going into this book that it would be a story about mental illness and about a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter And I thought both major aspects of the book were done really well And aside from this I also really enjoyed the secondary characters and the way in which the reader is slowly let intoof the story Lies Like Love is told from a dual perspective We get into the heads of both Audrey, a teenage girl who has just moved into this old building with her mother and little brother, and also Leo, a neighbour who has experience and an understanding of the effects of mental illness Both Audrey and Leo share their own stories and while Audrey s story feelsprominent and featuresthroughout the book, I also really loved hearingabout Leo and his relationship with his mother whose expectations of perfection and over achievement led Leo to a nervous breakdown and to move in with hisrelaxed aunt.I found Audrey to be quite the unreliable narrator as we learn some things about the reasons behind her family s move and about some of her depression and self harm and the ways in which these things manifest themselves in her life and the effect it has on her and her family There are numerous trips to the hospital and doctor visits for Audrey s depression and her self harm I found it really difficult to read how Audrey s mother is in full control over Audrey s treatment and also what is being explained on Audrey s behalf to medical professionals but I think that this idea that Audrey finds it difficult to put into words how much she battles with her demons is an important aspect of this book As the story goes on however, it is shown slowly that there isto Audrey s issues than the reader first realises And while Lies Like Love is certainly heavy in parts and it covers really serious and also a difficult range of topics, there is also tenderness and hope and beauty in this story Some love can be cause for destruction and pain but there is also some types of love like Audrey s love for her little brother and there is also the budding feelings between Audrey and Leo that really balance out some of the other darker elements of this story which was much needed Lies Like Love was not an easy read At times it felt haunting, unsettling and deeply uncomfortable I couldn t read anything after I finished this book because I felt so strongly about the events that happened and all of my thoughts about it were still swirling around in my head long after the book ended It really has been awhile since I read a book that so powerfully affected me and I m so glad that I picked up this book to read I do really recommend it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A very thought provoking read I can t really say anything without giving away spoilers but the ending is designed to shock.If you are interested in medical things, particularly mental health, then this is the book for you I d suggest that if adults who are not a fan of YA fiction read this, that you try and get over the teeny sections as they feature quite predominantly to begin with, but the tone of the book swiftly changes.Hard to put down but warning that some sections are a little graphi A very thought provoking read I can t really say anything without giving away spoilers but the ending is designed to shock.If you are interested in medical things, particularly mental health, then this is the book for you I d suggest that if adults who are not a fan of YA fiction read this, that you try and get over the teeny sections as they feature quite predominantly to begin with, but the tone of the book swiftly changes.Hard to put down but warning that some sections are a little graphic and potentially triggering to those with mental health issues UPDATE So I ve reread this and whilst I still really enjoyed this I realise now how teenagery it is I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its coverage of factitious disorder by proxy what was called Munchausens which although is usually a parent pretending their child has cancer or something, in this book sees a mother convincing her daughter she has serious mental health issues That was a refreshing change It s quite obvious that this is where the book is going from about halfway through but due to me rereading it, I did notice some clues even earlier on this time around This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was my Blind Date with a Book I bought it months ago while out with my friend, our favourite second hand bookstore had a sale on She got one and I did too Lies Like Love by Lousia Reid was the copy I got I couldn t have beenthankful for picking this book up off the shelf taking it to the counter and buying the last brown paper wrapped copy Personally, I really enjoyed this book It sheds light on the topic of mental illness, how different it can affect people and the many names This was my Blind Date with a Book I bought it months ago while out with my friend, our favourite second hand bookstore had a sale on She got one and I did too Lies Like Love by Lousia Reid was the copy I got I couldn t have beenthankful for picking this book up off the shelf taking it to the counter and buying the last brown paper wrapped copy Personally, I really enjoyed this book It sheds light on the topic of mental illness, how different it can affect people and the many names shot under one label However, I do implore a lot of young people, young adults, heck the older audience possibly should read this too for how it works with the tough subjects Through my own personal struggles, I found a lot of relatability with both of the mains in various parts of struggle and recovery It touches on the subject of abuse and toxic relationships But also the beautiful relationships that can be untouched by those horrors I couldn t have beenthankful for the powerful sibling bond in this book between Audrey and Peter Part of me, however, would actually label Aud at the mother figure for Pete Even being touched on in the book that when he was born, their mother mentioned that Aud would be like another mother to him However, I do warn that some this book can be confronting and raise some traumatic notions Stir things if you ve suffered like these characters have, or seen it happen to people you care about Lies Like Love showed one of the truly ugly sides of people struggling with mental illness and not being treated The nastiness, thoughts, black and white thoughts How outsiders and their relationships are affected So, that being said if it s something you re not comfortable with don t read it In some regard, this book reminds me a lot Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Audrey and Eleanor both put up this front they re fine Nothing is wrong Yet, there s so much lurking under the surface Also, they re both set in the UK which is a nice change from my normal reading setting But if you liked this book, watched to looking into something similar I d suggested that book it s much rougher and drier in humour topic But, there s something about both stories that really makes them linger on you Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is a nail biting novel that will hook readers from the get go The novel revolves around the various facets of mental illness It might sound like a mature concept for a young adult novel, but Reid balances it out beautifully in an intelligent and eloquent manner that s both exciting and informative With themes that are relevant to the youth of today bullying, mental disorders, social class, and hypocrisy , Lies Like Love is a classic in the making, and it surpass Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid is a nail biting novel that will hook readers from the get go The novel revolves around the various facets of mental illness It might sound like a mature concept for a young adult novel, but Reid balances it out beautifully in an intelligent and eloquent manner that s both exciting and informative With themes that are relevant to the youth of today bullying, mental disorders, social class, and hypocrisy , Lies Like Love is a classic in the making, and it surpassed expectations with flying colors.What I particularly liked about the book was the imagery Reid was able to pull me into the story without it feeling forced, the writing was flawless, and the characters were believable The bittersweet feeling that plays out from beginning to end is brightened up with moments of glee, which somehow enhanced the whole mental illness theme in an elegant fashion, but is such a subtle technique that it almost went unnoticed In other words wow.Lies Like Love is a bit like a darker, modern Jane Eyre Audrey Morgan, the protagonist, isn t a looker She s plain and invisible, unless the world needs a punching bag, except to Leo Leo thinks she s ethereal, odd but beautiful, intriguing Together they take onthan any teenager should ever need to handle, they make mistakes, they fall apart, and they rise above it all in order to survive But, be warned that it s still a very bittersweet tale.Personally, I loved the book Lies Like Love is one of the best young adult books I ve read in my life, and I ve readbooks than I d care to admit It s charming, it s exceptional, and it s a must read in every sense of the word Everyone should get their hands on it, not just young adults review originally posted on www.killeraphrodite.com [ E-PUB ] ♙ Lies Like Love ♪ Lies Like Love is the haunting and heart breaking new novel from Louisa Reid, critically acclaimed author of Black Heart BlueES There were a few problems bullying a fire LIKE I think she s verging on psychosis now she s lashing out LOVE She s got no one else to fight for her Sixteen year old Audrey just wants to be normalShe s trying to fit inBut what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love What happens then I just cannot deal with books about mental illnesses I loved the relationship b w the main character and her little brother and I enjoyed the romance a little That s what saved the book to me and that s why I gave it 2 stars. I read this years ago but god, it really stays with you for a long time I remember seeing the cover and thinking, Oh, I know what this will be about just another boring YA romance but I was very, very wrong This book still haunts me and I may never trust anything ever again. Twisty and terrifying, this is a gripping thriller, and Lorraine is a nightmare creation Ugh When I first started this book I did not think it would be as deep as it was It captured the life of a depressed girl amazingly well I haven t suffered from depression but it colored depression like it was a thing that was doing it to the girl Like she didn t view it as she was harming herself she viewed it as the thing was harming her, I liked that.I 100% hated Lorraine I don t understand how she didn t see that she was making Audrey s lifedifficult Yes, Audrey was depressed but Lo When I first started this book I did not think it would be as deep as it was It captured the life of a depressed girl amazingly well I haven t suffered from depression but it colored depression like it was a thing that was doing it to the girl Like she didn t view it as she was harming herself she viewed it as the thing was harming her, I liked that.I 100% hated Lorraine I don t understand how she didn t see that she was making Audrey s lifedifficult Yes, Audrey was depressed but Lorraine acted like she needed to be locked up with a straight jacket on Some of the things Lorraine said to Audrey was despicable, how did she not see that she was verbally abusing her own daughter It would drive me crazy to have my mom talk for me, to doctors and teachers And to tell them that she s probably depressed because she is not as bright as everyone else was just mean It didn t take me long before I started thinking maybe Lorraine was the sick one because Audrey acted fine.That bathroom scene was a little creepy I was disturbed by Lorraine asking Audrey to was her back and hair and then showing her the c section scar, gross I really think Lorraine had bigger issues than anyone else in this whole book and maybe she should have been on pills.Leo and Audrey were adorable together They were good for each other, they both had their own problems but they put that aside and loved each other anyway I don t think they should have gone off and stayed together for New Years eve night I guess it s because I m now twenty something and know better Most people do stupid stuff in their teen years.The love Audrey had for her little brother was the sweetest thing I mean to get away from the hell that she lived in just to go back for him, was honorable I don t know if I would have been able to go back like that I love my sister but if my mom was treating me like that I would call for help after I got away, or maybe I would have taken her with me.I m glad Leo was the one that ended up saving Audrey and Peter I wish there could have been a happy ever after for Leo and Audrey but it was good that Audrey was getting healthy in the end All in all this was a good book, a bit of an eye opener and had quite the plot twist at the end I m glad I had the chance to read it.Forof my reviews visit I don t want to say too much about the plot for fear of spoilers suffice it to say it is a really powerful novelLike all great books, I didn t really feel like I was reading, being so involved in the story and so caught up in what was happening to the characters who were all believable and mostly likeable.Some of the scenes are quite shocking, and I found myself alarmed and concerned at what was happening to my new friends.It highlights issues such as mental illness and thusly isn t an I don t want to say too much about the plot for fear of spoilers suffice it to say it is a really powerful novelLike all great books, I didn t really feel like I was reading, being so involved in the story and so caught up in what was happening to the characters who were all believable and mostly likeable.Some of the scenes are quite shocking, and I found myself alarmed and concerned at what was happening to my new friends.It highlights issues such as mental illness and thusly isn t an easy read but it is a great one