This is the story of two teenagers that seem to be very different but end up having more in common than they thought. This was my first book by this author, and although it is not normally a genre I read since it is about teenagers in high school, I thought that it was well written and a beautiful story. Parts of it were predictable, but I really enjoyed the visibility and representation it gives to individuals with medical conditions that make their lives more difficult. There are some mature scenes in the book, but I think it touches on so many important topics for teenagers and the adults in the lives of teens (teachers, school staff, parents, etc) such as bullying, medical disabilities, friendship, courage, peer pressure, and depression. I definitely recommend this book and it was a quick, enjoyable read.
The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
This is the first book I’ve read by the author. The Lie That Binds is a great read. This book had me hooked from the beginning. It was hard for me to put down.
Holly is the new girl at school. She isn’t sure where she fits in. She tries to make friends with the popular group only to be turned down. Then she finds out a secret that no one knows about. Can she keep it? The quote I chose for Holly is: “You and all your perfect friends! Nothing ever goes wrong for you! You have no idea what it’s like to be different or alone! You—”
Nathan has a secret he’s hiding from everyone. And if anyone found out then everything he’s worked for is gone. That is until the new girl finds out. Can Nathan make her keep quiet? The quote I chose for Nathan is: “I still do. But I had already put it in my coat before I saw Holly, and I stomped off without thinking.”
Highly recommended for YA Romance lovers.
The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent is the first book I’ve read from this author, but I guarantee it won’t be the last. I love how she constructed the characters to be relatable and emotional, which made it easy to get invested in their story. This is a great young adult read that has angst, love, lies, secrets, and drama.
High school is hard, dealing with drama, peer pressure, bullying, and romance makes it even harder. Holly and Nathan encounter a lot as they try to find ways to cope in this atmosphere. Holly is the new girl at school and she wants to be part of the popular crowd, but her plan doesn’t go so well. It doesn’t take long to find out the gorgeous guy she’s crushing on is a jerk, but she can’t stop her romantic thoughts.
Nathan hates being a jerk but he feels he has to in order to keep people from seeing the real him and getting too close to his secret. Holly has caught his attention, but he still tries to hide behind his jerk persona in order to protect himself.
This is a really great read that does deal with some bullying. Through this book we get to see the characters tremendous growth, because of situations like Holly being bullied and Nathan hiding himself. I loved how Argent handled the tough situations in this book. It is definitely worth picking up and reading.
The Lie That Binds is a YA romance with a twist of lies and secrets. Holly just moved to a new town and wants to fit in, just like any other schoolgirl. She soon finds out the “popular” girls are not her crowd, and the hunky Nathan isn’t all that she thought he would be…but she is still drawn to him. Nathan is equally drawn to Holly….and then his secret comes out. The same secrets that draw them close together soon has Holly wondering if his feelings are real, or just a means to keep his secrets safe. The Lie That Binds is very much your typical high school drama, and all that comes with it, so I had a difficult time connecting with the moody, ever changing characters. I was often a little frustrated with the characters and wanted to shake sense into them (but again, they are high school kids, so maybe this was intended). I did enjoy the storyline and where it ended up going, so I will give this one 4 stars, and I can definitely see the appeal for higher ratings from a younger audience!
Reviewed by @zoltrixes
This was such a good book! I could hardly put it down, because the story was so well written. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the excessive vulgar language and explicit sexual nature was a bit much for me. The story follows two high school students, Holly Ross and Nathan Harris. Nathan has a secret that he doesn’t want people to find out about. He covers it by being a part of the popular crowd and being mean to other kids. Holly is a new student who accidentally discovers Nathan’s secret. She never dreams Nathan would start dating her to make her keep his secret. So when she finds out why he started dating her, will their love for each other be able to overcome the deceptive start? Or will other students be able to keep them apart? Find out in this page turner!
A New Adult novel that tackles a tough subject with heart.
Would recommend for upper teens as there is explicit sex scenes and internal monologue about it.
A bit of an enemies to lovers/opposites attract going on here. The main topic though is what will someone do to keep their secrets and encourage others to do so as well.
I enjoyed the relationship between Holly and Nathan. The gradual build up and the opposites attract. While I could see what was coming I enjoyed the ride to seeing them get together and the obstacles they faced to be and stay together, both within and external to their relationship.
This novel is about underage young adults, so I think the high school environment led to more tension but also showed the strain of keeping secrets from people you see almost every day and how that can wear on a person.
Loved the supporting cast of friends, Lucy (the goth who holds a spot in my heart now), Megan, Ryan, and Evan. And of course Holly’s dad and Nathan’s parents. Holly’s dad reminds me a bit of Charlie Swan from Twilight and I’m here for that.
Think many who read and enjoyed the After series will enjoy this one.
CW: attempted sexual assault, “locker room” talk about women, epilepsy, panic attacks, explicit sexual content, underage drinking, underage sex, prescription drug use
As I was reading, I felt like I was transported back into high school. Every whisper from classmates that makes you anxious and feel alone… The fear of looking up and making eye contact with anyone, so you keep your head down.
But what happens when you do make eye contact with someone? A GORGEOUS someone?
All the butterflies and feelings of new love… So intoxicating.
I read this book in just a few hours… It was so well-written and had some twists and turns I did not anticipate! Things DEFINITELY got steamy, but there was also so much love and friendship and growth in this story too.
Holly is in a new school, surrounded by new people, and she is determined to fit in. Then she sees Nathan; messy hair, devastatingly handsome, but definitely in the popular crowd, would he even look her way— but wait he’s a big jerk, does Holly even want him LOOKING her way… After witnessing Nathan’s secret, Holly becomes a constant in his life, can a relationship be built on lies? This novel is tragic and emotional but full of hope and love, a great read!
Nathan is popular, drop dead gorgeous and part of the group of popular kids in high school. The girls drool over him and want to be with him, and the boys want to be him. Nathan seemingly has it all but he’s harboring a deep, dark secret that could destroy everything he has worked so hard for. He is so terrified of having his secret discovered that he has built up lie after lie to protect himself. He bullies and torments anyone that is less popular than he is and keeps everyone at a distance so he can keep his secret from being discovered.
Holly has just started attending Nathan’s high school and is determined to be one of the popular kids so she can fit in. On her first day of school Holly approaches Nathan and the rest of the popular kids and asks them if she can sit with them at their table for lunch. She is instantly shot down, mocked, and left to feel inferior. Naturally after treatment like that from Nathan and his friends Holly is disgusted when her and Nathan end up as lab partners. Although she finds Nathan to be gorgeous, she also knows how much of a jerk he is and wants nothing to do with him.
When Holly accidentally discovers Nathan’s secret everything changes. Nathan decides the best way to handle the situation is to pretend to like Holly and ask her out. As both Holly and Nathan get to know one another better they fall deeply in love. When Holly finds out their relationship is a sham and based on a lie she is devastated. When the web of lies start to unwind both Nathan and Holly’s lives are changed forever. Will Holly and Nathan ever be the same afterwards?
The characters of Holly and Nathan were wonderfully written. Both were typical teenagers battling all the typical drama that comes with high school. Holly was a true sweetheart who saw there was more to Nathan than he let on. Nathan acted like a jerk on the surface but that is not who he was nor who he wanted to be. It was all an act to protect himself and enable him to navigate his way through high school. This book was wonderfully written and described very well the cliques, the bullies, the mean girls, the jealousy and all the rest of the teen drama that comes with high school. High school can be traumatizing, and a great deal of importance is placed on fitting in.
Holly is the new girl in school, she has been here before and she is hoping that she won’t have to be here again, but she decides that this time will be different, this time, she will be one of the popular kids, this time, she won’t be an outcast, so apart from the usual first day jitters when she has to introduce herself to each of her classes, but there is one thing she doesn’t expect and that is how gorgeous one of the popular kids is. One lunch, Holly finally decides to try her luck at the popular table, but as usual, it backfires and she is back to being the pariah, back to being insulted and terrorized by the popular kids as they bully her again, so she again gravitates to the outcasts who she knows will take her in and become the friends she needs and wants.
As the days pass and the novelty of being the new girl wears off, all she has to do now is not freak out every time she sits with her chemistry lab partner, who just happens to be the gorgeous popular guy who is one of the main bully’s in the school, but sometimes when he thinks nobody sees, flashes of what lies behind the façade show through, but it isn’t until her friend is the target of a malicious prank that she sees just what he is hiding.
Holly discovers the lie which this person has been hiding behind, she discovers just what they have worked so hard to protect and she discovers just how terrified they are that people will discover just how scared they are that everyone will find out and what the consequences of that would be. This lie binds Holly and her lab partner together, but what lengths they will go to keep this lie intact? This is an intense contemporary romance which deals with some hard hitting subjects and will leave you hooked as you follow along on the journey one lie can take someone on and how it affects everyone who comes into contact with it.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
The Lie that Binds by Amy Argent was honestly so good. At first I won’t lie it took me a few chapters to be okay with a high school romance because of the age and things that happened but the characters were easily likable. It also totally made me think of my own high school love. Holly is the new girl in town and tries to fit in with the popular kids but it doesn’t go as planned. Nathan IS the popular kid, the jerk because he has to be, because he has secret to hide from basically everyone in his life. But Holly finds out by mistake… and Nathan is forced to make a huge decision. Let her tell the school or pretend to like her to keep her quiet. I loved the story line, it was different, quick and easy to read. It was a perfect story with the natural ebb and flow of young love. I’d love to read about Holly and Nathan’s friends, most especially the Gothlet – which I cracked up at every single time!!
I don’t read a lot of books with high school characters because I tend to get caught up in feeling they’re too immature, flat or even annoying. I decided to pick up the The Lie That Binds because I’ve read and enjoyed books by this author in the past and wanted to give it a fair try.
It took me a while to get into the storyline because I was confused by all the characters and keeping them straight was hard. As the storyline picked up, I was definitely more invested. I didn’t connect to the main characters as much as I hoped I would, but that could have been my personal issue vs the characters themselves. My favorite thing about the book was how the chapters begin with a quote, just as unique to me as finding a book that still names the chapters!
Overall, it was a good read with the emotional rollercoaster I have gone to expect from this author.
Nathan and Holly were so good together. What started as enemies soon turned to friendship and more. Holly was a strong and sweet girl and utterly loyal. Nathan was her opposite in a sense but being with Holly brought out the best parts of him. The secret Nathan holds turns out to be the best thing that could happen as it brings them together. Such a sweet story that I recommend for everyone
Imagine, everything you do and live for, is based on a lie. The need to portray it, to protect it, to believe it, is vital. The daily fear your secret will be found, or worse…told! Shared with the world and all you every wanted to do was bury it deep. It would be an exhausting life full of fear and stress. Then imagine, when you THINK you have it under control, your nightmare becomes a reality and someone finds out. Can you trust her? Can you believe she will follow through with her word and keep it safe? You know you can’t, because it’s only a matter of time before your betrayed. Yet, something inside yearns for something real and honest and true. So what will you do?
Find out what Nathan does, in “The lie that binds.” The suspense, the adrenaline, the teenage angst. Take a ride through this wild journey with him and Holly. You won’t regret it!
This is my first book by this author and I was hopeful for a little mystery and trying to discover the lie in the blurb we are given. The truth comes way too fast and then I got bored. The overall message to the YA audience this book was written for is a great one. The overall topic(no spoilers!) of the secret and lies of the main character is one that should be discussed more with our youth. I highly liked that this book gave a message and used a subject matter that I don’t read often enough about. However, the path to get to this message was exhausting to my brain. I felt I read the same inner dialogue of each character multiple times throughout the story and it led me to disengage. I’ve read so many great reviews about this author so I will be reading another story soon and hope I can fully appreciate what so many others are saying.
I found myself getting pulled into this story soon after I started reading it. This story took me back to those high school times and reminded me how mean kids can be and the lengths they will go to to become popular and stay that way. Holly is nervous about starting a new school and wants to fit in. Nathan is a popular guy who is a jerk but for a different reason than you would think. When Holly finds out Nathan’s secret everything changes, which causes a series of events that make this story captivating. Some secrets shouldn’t have to be kept. I thought the author did a great job evoking emotion throughout this book. This isn’t the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. This author tells stories full of emotion, drama, great characters and more. I enjoyed reading this book.
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by this author, but it is my favorite. She immediately pulls you into Tillamook High’s world, leaving the reader wanting more. I felt like I was hanging on to every word while reading, on the edge if my seat for what came next. The romance is done well, she really does a great job of writing the awkward teenage love trope. A little clichè, but with an amazing ending. Absolutely loved this book and recommend.
This is just the book for teens who get bullied. Those new kids in town and the jocks who think they rule the school. School has so many clicks it’s hard to tell where the students belong. Many avenues were traveled in this, all of the same trials we have gone through as well. Holly and Nathan, new kid and popular kid. What happens will surprise you. Just as it did me. The story line held your attention and I could not put it down. The author has written a story built around Trust, Secrets, and learning who we are. I recommend this book to teens, parents and teachers.
High school is heavy on secrets, lies, friendships, loyalties, the strength of kids dealing with adult situations, pretending and emotions. This book focuses on all of those things and also shares stuff in a way that is eternally relevant to teenagers and the stressors of high school.
Holly is new in Oregon, freshly transplanted from Texas after her mom died. Nathan is one of the popular guys leading the clique of their class. While generally an outsider, when Holly sees Nathan, she can’t stop staring at how beautiful he is…until he opens his mouth. It turns out Nathan hangs with bullies and IS a bully to students like her.
Holly daydreams about becoming one of them and running her fingers through Nathan’s wild hair, but her attempt is shot down. When she befriends Megan and the Gothlet, she has found her group. Unfortunately, her group of friends is one of Nathan and his cliques favorite targets. After Nathan makes an inexcusable decision to humiliate one of her friends, Holly has had ENOUGH. High schools are the same all over, you know? The bullies and jocks and popular people seek out the outsiders, and she refuses to let her new friends be diminished by hateful people.
Holly, normally quiet, catches Nathan at his locker and lets him have it – it turns into quite a screaming match. After Nathan runs away, angry, Holly is NOT finished with this conversation and follows him, only to find him hiding in a classroom and in trouble. Before she knows what is happening, she finds herself helping him…the only student besides his brother to know his secret. Originally, Nathan starts trying to build a relationship with her to ensure his secret gets kept, but in time, they genuinely enjoy each others company. The rest of the book is weaving their way through trials and tribulations of high school, great internal monologue, getting to know one another, and so much courage.
Quick read, as I was invested in this story. I really enjoyed it.
Holly is just trying to find her spot to fit in in her new school. Of course, the popular kids turn out to be jerks. The cutest guy, Nathan, is gorgeous but acts llike an asshole to her. Unbeknownst to her, he is hiding a big secret that he doesn’t want anyone to know. This is a wonderful book. So many emotions were felt as I read this book. The story is so romantic. I found the characters well-written. Evan, Nathan and his parents felt like they were many of families I know that do have members with epilepsy. The students at the high school fit right in with the peer pressure and how the caste systems go. My favorite part was the ending. That was a surprise that as the momma of a kiddo with a disability, I love seeing. The whole plot was well-written and researched. My son has seizures and I found the information the author shared spot on. Hiding the secret was a topic to follow because that’s a young person’s past time for many, especially in this day of social media. This is one of my favorite author’s as she writes books that cover topics that make you think. This book is a great book that young people will like. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.
Nathan is popular, but not because he’s overly friendly. Holly is the new girl and wants to fit in. Nathan and his buddies are mean to Holly and those who become her ‘misfit’ friends. That changes when Holly witnesses an event that Nathan never wanted anyone outside of his immediate family to see. In his 17-year-old mind, his secret is so terrible that he is willing to do anything to keep it his secret, even fake a relationship with Holly.
Nathan’s plan fails when he falls in love with Holly. In true teenage form, he thinks lying is better than telling the truth.
The characters were well-developed. You could relate to their feelings and how they changed throughout the story. There seemed to be quite a bit of repetition at times that took my attention from the plot.
Overall, it was a great story about the power of honesty, friendship, and love.
It is always a bonus when you get to read more from one of your favorite authors. I really could not put this book down. I spent my holiday enjoying not only the sun but also reading and getting lost in the world created.
The characters are complex and really draw the reader into the world created. I really could relate to the one of the lead characters and how she felt starting in a new school after a move. I also liked how the relationship between the lead characters evolves after what was a very shaky start. The author does a wonderful job of building the story and characters. Will definitely be reading more from this author.
This is a YA novel by an amazing author. I have read her other books and I enjoy them. This was no different. The storyline is intriguing and will lock you in its grip until you read the very last word. While I believe this story is more relevant to teens and very young adults I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her books. The details in all the twists and turns, secrets and lies, and even the romance made this a great read!!
Nathan has a secret he has kept for years. Holly witnesses something she shouldn’t have. One secret keeps them tied together, but is it enough? At first, I thought the story was going to be slow, but it surprised me and I couldn’t put it down! This book hits on a very important social issue and is an inspiring story!
Reviewed by Terri Jo McAllister
Secrets, lies and drama
This book is interesting and deals with some tough issues with sensitivity. Holly and Nathan felt genuine and the romance aspect was well done. There were moments within the story where I felt disconnected and the story lulled but there was an emotional undertone that kept me reading. YA romance with a little bit more.
I grabbed this book because of the cover so I dove in blind. I wasnt sure what to expect with this book but it sure wasnt the heart clenching read this was.
High school age reads are not my go to reads as they are usually young but acting older than would seem normal, dealing with situations that are far fetched etc but that is NOT case with this book.
My heart broke in a million pieces with each blow we see in this book but our main characters are fighters and I was rooting for a good outcome.
Glad I took a chance on this book, I love this author so knew it would be good.
The synopsis for this story really drew me in when I first read it, it sounded intriguing and I couldn’t wait to get started. Overall I did enjoy the book I will say for me it was a slow starter but it is definitely worth sticking with a it certainly picks up as it progresses. Nathan and Holly’s relationship was interesting, born from a promise to keep a secret and evolving into a romantic relationship – there were some points in the tory where I wasn’t convinced about the two of them but as they story progressed as did their relationship. I wasn’t sure about Holly at the start but she definitely became someone that Nathan needed in his life and she actually was a really sweet girl.
Overall I really liked this story and would definitely recommend it to other readers.
If you’ve been in a reading funk lately, like me, it’s been hard to find a book to catch and hold your attention. Let me tell you, THIS is the author and book to cure you. This author has a way with words and story development that will keep you awake all night reading until you’re finished. I’m not in high school anymore, yet this brought me right back there, with the drama, bullying, hormonally-driven emotions, irrational thinking, and questionable decisions. The characters were easy to relate to, and I really liked how the author nailed the different social classes and styles. Nathan and Holly both went through a rollercoaster that is high school, with a twist. Great coming of age story. I must say, I would love to read more on Gothlet!
I have read a few different books from this author and absolutely have loved and enjoyed every single one. And this book was no different than the rest.
Right away from the start this book had me wanting to keep reading, it sucked me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. Nathan as a character was very secretive, and never to except the expected with him. I absolutely loved how holly was a very well caring and sweetheart of a character. But can holly still be in love with a man like Nathan? I absolutely loved the way the author wrote in the way the characters made choices to better themselves.
The plot for this book progressed which was so entertaining and well developed was not able to put it down. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more. It was enthralling, emotional, love, suspenseful, it keep me intrigued and could not put it down, a wonderful read all around.
This was a solid book with a good, intriguing storyline that keeps your attention. There was a lot of depth to the characters, especially the main characters, Holly and Nathan. Holly, new to town wants to fit in, but is immediately rejected but the popular group. Even so, she is still interested in Nathan and learns he’s been keeping a secret. Will it all unravel? Can real relationships be built on secrets and lies?
This was a well-written, interesting story. The authors writing style reels the reader in and the topics covered within the story are relevant to teen life today. I could see this being a popular read among teens and young adults for that reason. I was engaged in the story all the way through and enjoyed it overall.
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