Book Review: Even When You Lie to Me – Jessica Alcott

18740851Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

Pages: 352
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers, June 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.


I’ve never had a crush on a teacher and I hope that will never happen. It’s ridiculous. Charlotte should’ve avoided thinking about Drummond. She shouldn’t have stalked him and talked to him too much. These situations don’t end well. It’s illegal too.

Why is Charlotte rude and ignorant towards her mother? The book doesn’t say what her mother did to make Charlotte act that way. I was hoping it did. This is an unfavorable trait and character flaw of her.

How do you pronounce her friend’s, Lila, name? I province it lee-lah but there are other ways to pronounce it.

The book was interesting and the story went through a school year. If you’re looking for a book on a teenager’s thoughts about having a crush on her high school teacher, this would be perfect.


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