The Best Lies

The Best Lies

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.Was it self-defense? Or somethin...

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Title:The Best Lies
Author:Sarah Lyu
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The Best Lies Reviews

  • Vicky Who Reads

    wow I uh

    wow

    the portrayal of toxic friendship was SO good and reading this was watching a trainwreck happening that you couldn't tear your eyes away from

    definitely recommend!

    Content Warnings:

  • - ̗̀  jess  ̖́-

    If you've ever wanted to know about the other side of obsessive friendship, this is the book you need. One of my favourite tropes to read about in books is the sick, pining friendship, and I've only really imagined it from the person who's pining.

    The book opens just after the murder of Remy's boyfriend, Jack, with her best friend/ soulmate Elise being the

    If you've ever wanted to know about the other side of obsessive friendship, this is the book you need. One of my favourite tropes to read about in books is the sick, pining friendship, and I've only really imagined it from the person who's pining.

    The book opens just after the murder of Remy's boyfriend, Jack, with her best friend/ soulmate Elise being the one who pulled the trigger. Remy is, understandably, in an absolutely awful place as the book opens, but as the reader continues it turns out that a lot of Remy's life has been shaped by reactions to trauma. It's what draws her to Elise in the first place: both of them have been deeply hurt in their childhood, and it's why they can connect so well to each other.

    , with more of a propensity to hide from her problems than enact revenge like Elise compels her to. Like Remy, I'm very mediocre compared to the rest of my family, and I can definitely see why Remy does what she does over the course of the book, because I would do them as well.

    Though Remy narrates the book,

    . From the moment they meet, Remy and Elise are attached at the hip, and even after Elise shoots Jack, Remy desperately tries to protect her. Elise and Remy refer to themselves as more than best friends: soulmates, family, and until Remy meets Jack, the two are absolutely insepratable. Elise is such a fascinating character, oddly sympathetic even though you 

    what happens and what the book is gearing up to as it goes on.

    , and many of her actions throughout the book are reactions to her experiences.

    . Both Remy and Elise have had a lifetime of traumatic situations: Remy's parents argue constantly and threaten divorce, and her mom clearly favours her brother over her; on the other hand, Elise's father is abusive in a way that one would imagine. Both are portrayed as inherently traumatic and life-changing, even though one may be considered objectively worse than the other. The author herself comes from a history of abuse, and the message running throughout the book is clear:

    . It's such a nuanced and realistic look at the nature of trauma and how people deal with it.

    Even though it's told through alternating perspectives, which would make one think that there would be a foregone conclusion, the book never quite loses its momentum. Not only is it a murder mystery,

    , and the two stories in past and present complement each other perfectly. I was absolutely entranced by the story, and couldn't stop reading it even as the clock ticked closer and closer to morning.

    I have seen some people say that this was a sapphic book, and in the interest of not misleading anyone I want to be clear that the relationship between Elise and Remy is not explicitly sapphic. It can certainly be read as such, and I did read a lot into their relationship. Neither Elise or Remy are explicitly straight, either, so there's a lot of room for reader interpretation either way.

    I highly recommend 

    to anyone who's a fan of dangerous girls, and anyone who can relate to girls who are just trying to survive day to day. It's a harsh book and can get dark at times, but it's also incredibly well-written and incredibly complex in its narration and characterization.

    abuse (emotional & physical), manipulation, grief, suicide mentions, death

    | asian mc, abuse survivor

  • Lauren

    4.5 an obsessive friendship story the builds until someone is dead. Was it an accident? Was it murder? From both past and present perspectives, Lyu constructs an addictive story of two damaged teens and how their shared pain causes a dangerous relationship.

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but there is never any talk or even hints or sexual

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but there is never any talk or even hints or sexual attraction or romantic love.

    This about two girls who are going through an awful time and cling to each other in a very unhealthy way and just how far they are willing to go to hold on to each other.

    RTC, just thought I'd comment on it because I thought it was going to be a totally different book on the way that it's been marketed in some places.

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

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    3.5*

    Ohhh this book is messed up! You know, in the good way! Since the whole book revolves around the thriller/mystery aspect, I am going to keep this purposely short. Basically there are two main components: The relationships of the characters, and the unsettling mystery.

    The Characters and Their Relationships: So, this is a huge part of the book. Not only do we delve into Remy's relatio

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    3.5*

    Ohhh this book is messed up! You know, in the good way! Since the whole book revolves around the thriller/mystery aspect, I am going to keep this purposely short. Basically there are two main components: The relationships of the characters, and the unsettling mystery.

    The Characters and Their Relationships: So, this is a huge part of the book. Not only do we delve into Remy's relationship with Elise, but her relationship with her late boyfriend Jack, and her family and other friends. And of course, the effect that they all have together, because that is sort of the key. Remy and Elise found each other when they both really needed a friend. Their relationship goes through all the ebbs and flows of typical friendships, until it becomes something far more sinister (and far less healthy). And that is the basic tone of the book: how much is too much? How far is too far? 

    Remy's relationship with Jack is far less complex, for the fact that it was a seemingly healthy and normal one. Through it all, she struggles to find her footing with her family and other friends. Meanwhile, Elise is struggling with an abusive relationship of her own, and things are pretty messy for everyone. 

    The Unsettling Mystery: Obviously, keeping this short! But as all these relationships come into focus, we start to see what everyone's motivations seem to be for the way they're behaving. Sometimes it's selfish, and sometimes it's worse. But as it unfurls, you'll be hooked into the secrets, deceptions, and motivations that all the characters have hidden. 

    Bottom Line: A really intense mystery based on an equally intense series of relationships.

  • ☄ ari

    I... Don’t know entirely how I feel about this book - it was

    (it HURT, man), and I’m going to need a hot second to gather my thoughts. The Best Lies hit very close to home. It deals with themes of domestic & parental abuse and was very unsettling (and triggering for survivors). Some of the quotes though, about suffering not being romantic, just being pain... whew boy. I felt that.

    I... Don’t know entirely how I feel about this book - it was

    (it HURT, man), and I’m going to need a hot second to gather my thoughts. The Best Lies hit very close to home. It deals with themes of domestic & parental abuse and was very unsettling (and triggering for survivors). Some of the quotes though, about suffering not being romantic, just being pain... whew boy. I felt that.

    parental abuse, very heavy themes of domestic violence, suicide attempt

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    there's a sapphic Elise in YA lit holy shit I've reached my final pokemon evolution

  • sanj

    LGBT Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl. To say I'm sold would be an understatement

  • Tucker

    No one's eating that lollipop anytime soon. Except maybe the dog. Another thing: How did that lollipop melt?! I need realistic covers!

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