girl a dark and brooding rockstar like Oliver Walt would fall for. Beautiful.
Wild. Fun. The only problem?
and Oliver’s life.
When I Lied is an accidental Catfish in reverse. The plain girl, looking to step outside of her comfort zone of books and school, decides to take on a party girl persona with which to interact with the digital world. The famous boy is just interacting with his fans, trying to find a connection to fill the emptiness of his life. When the two connected they never thought they’d actually meet. When they met they never knew how the carefully constructed lies and walls they’d constructed would converge and ruin everything.
Oliver Walt was such an amazing character. He was more flawed than perfect, more sad than happy, and more intense than anyone could imagine. He was a walking chasm of pain and loneliness. He kept a carefully orchestrated public persona in place to protect his delicate psyche from more damage; while letting bits of the pain into the lyrics his adoring fans relished. It was obvious he was waiting for someone to see the distress he disguised so masterfully. There were several times, throughout the book, my heart physically ached for his. I needed him to see he was more than the person he thought he was, and deserved so much more than the superficial connections he was indulging in.
Kate Green was very interesting. So smart, yet still so naïve. Kate was a far more transparent character than Oliver, likely a result of being the narrator. She was definitely a girl just learning how she fit into the world. Trying to find a foothold and keep it, while looking for the next safe spot to move. She often showed her intelligence in the way she built her cover stories and did her investigating. More often she showed how scared and innocent she was, trusting in the wrong person and hoping they’d stand by their commitments. I loved innocent little Kate and just wanted her to figure out a way to get everything she wanted.
The villain of the story was the epitome of a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. On the outside, she was the perfect, pretty, smart college girl everyone hopes to be or know. Right beneath that shiny veneer was something so dark and evil it poisoned everything. She never went to a place that was unbelievable, though. She was the bully we all fear. The evil that we’ve all crossed in some way. No matter who you are you’ll know who this person is in your life.
When I Lied was a roller coaster for me. The highs were so high I felt my heart might take flight, right out of my chest; the lows made me feel as if there were a literal hole in my chest. The dichotomy of Kate and Oliver are what really sold this for me. Kate was the light and only saw the light. Even when things were bleak and she’d seemingly lost hope it was only momentarily. She found a pinprick of hope and reached for it. Oliver, on the other hand, was constantly wallowing in the dark. As he was basking in the brightness of Kate’s optimism he still found a shadow to explore. The push and pull of the two made me need them to find a way to exist in both shadow and light. I firmly believe that you can’t have one without the other and When I Lied was a wonderful depiction of my belief. Too much light and you get burned, too much darkness and you wither away.
concerts but will happily settle for the eclectic playlists on her iPhone. This
Penn State grad and former high school art teacher is easily distracted by
colorful art supplies and Eddie Vedder’s voice. When she’s not in her studio
writing, she can be found putting off housework for a good romance novel that
has her heart pounding and tears flowing. She is married to her college
sweetheart and is mom to three fantastic humans, a black lab, a tabby cat and a
Chinchilla named Wodney.