The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent – Review by Wendy Wary

The Lie That BindsThe Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holly is the new kid, having moved to a new city with her father, a sheriff, after the passing of her mother. Like every high school student, she’s dreading going to a new school and is hoping to fit in with the right people.
Nathan is the classic jock – handsome, fit, popular, and a jerk.
When it quickly becomes apparent Holly isn’t going to fit in with the popular crowd, she finds friends that become her tribe. Still slightly intrigued by Nathan, but also recognizing him for the jerk he is, she’s equally drawn to him and disgusted by his behavior. After an incident where he helped embarrass a classmate, she confronts him; then, everything changes. She discovers Nathan has a secret he’s been keeping from nearly everyone around him for the past couple of years.
He panics and waits for the fallout of Holly telling everyone, but when she doesn’t, his brother convinces him he should sweeten her up a bit to make sure she doesn’t change her mind. After holding onto his burden for so long alone, Nathan finds Holly to be a caring confidante, and the two start dating. All’s well until another girl who’s been pining for Nathan for years, outs Nathan’s other secret – that he only started talking to Holly to keep her quiet.
While the overall story was good, and I found the book to be very informative about Nathan’s secret, I wasn’t as impressed with the cliched high school tropes; I also felt like the main characters could have had a bit more depth beyond Nathan’s secret and Holly’s caring (and borderline codependent) nature towards him.

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