Last Girl Lied To
Something made him angry that night.Something made her cry.Something made Trixie disappear.What if it was all the same thing? Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is, she wishes she could forget.Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn’t really dead. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn't want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and Beau—the boy who turned Fiona down, who loved someone else, who might be happy Trixie is gone.The closer Fiona gets to finding out what happened, and the closer she gets to Jasper and Beau, the more she realizes that the girl she knew better than anyone may have been a carefully constructed lie—and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.Told in alternating chapters between the past and the present, Last Girl Lied To is a gripping emotional thriller.

Last Girl Lied To Details

TitleLast Girl Lied To
Author
ReleaseApr 16th, 2019
PublisherImprint
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Last Girl Lied To Review

  • Laurie Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote this! If you like dark, twisty YA psychological thrillers, I hope you'll enjoy reading!
  • MissSophie
    January 1, 1970
    The twist at the end was perfect! I wish I could say the same about some of the characters. At first, I really liked Fiona, but as the book kept progressing, she started to get on my nerves. And why on earth do all the relationships in this book need to be kept so incredibly secret? Oh well, it was entertaining enough.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this from the publisher from a giveaway here on Goodreads! Thank you!ah, the dreaded two-star review. by goodreads standards, it means the book is okay. and the book wasn't bad, at all, but if i ask myself if it was good, i just kinda "eeeeeeehhhhhh" to myself because i don't know. last girl lied to certainly isn't bad but it's definitely not something i'm going to tell everyone around me to read because it really is a lot of "ok." i really don't think there's a single chara I received an ARC of this from the publisher from a giveaway here on Goodreads! Thank you!ah, the dreaded two-star review. by goodreads standards, it means the book is okay. and the book wasn't bad, at all, but if i ask myself if it was good, i just kinda "eeeeeeehhhhhh" to myself because i don't know. last girl lied to certainly isn't bad but it's definitely not something i'm going to tell everyone around me to read because it really is a lot of "ok." i really don't think there's a single character in this book that i genuinely liked or cared about. everyone had their own flaws, and fiona liked to make sure we knew that she had them but it was almost beat into our heads by the end that she felt that she was lesser than because she wasn't the same size she'd been a year before. fiona used people just as much as she was used, and i guess spending 370 pages of listening to her judge others for things she personally wouldn't have done while she herself did things others wouldn't have done was just one big Clusterfuck. i really. wanted to. like this more. but i just can't. like? i really thought when i was about halfway through this that i was going to give it like four stars, at least, because the mystery was really good in the beginning. but! (view spoiler)[if you want the entire mystery of not one but two deaths/disappearances/losses to be explained in, i shit you not, a couple of paragraphs about ten pages from the end, give this a shot. (hide spoiler)]seriously, fictional high schoolers go through more shit than i could have ever dreamed of. or nightmare-ed of. depends on the situation, ig. maybe more people will like this more than i did. i used this as a sort of cleanser between like a marathon of fantasy books and idk if it helped or not. thank you, again, to goodreads, the publisher, and the author for this arc!
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  • Sierra Elmore
    January 1, 1970
    Content warnings: Suicide, death of a loved one, grief, alcoholism "Because it was easy. Sometimes it was fun to be someone else. Like all of Laurie's work, Last Girl Lied To gripped me hard and didn't let me go. Part thriller, part character study, part searing discussion of how girls are treated/treat ourselves in society, this story explores a friendship gone horribly wrong.After her vivacious best friend, Trixie, dies by suicide, Fiona is lost until she realized that Trixie may not be dead a Content warnings: Suicide, death of a loved one, grief, alcoholism "Because it was easy. Sometimes it was fun to be someone else. Like all of Laurie's work, Last Girl Lied To gripped me hard and didn't let me go. Part thriller, part character study, part searing discussion of how girls are treated/treat ourselves in society, this story explores a friendship gone horribly wrong.After her vivacious best friend, Trixie, dies by suicide, Fiona is lost until she realized that Trixie may not be dead after all. Desperate to cling onto the girl who made her own life worth living, she becomes entangled with two (equally messy) boys whose lives may have been linked to Trixie's death. Which leads to what I think is my favorite love triangle I've read in YA. Mostly because it isn't so much a triangle as people's pain collapsing into each other. The different ways that trauma and death and grief affects people is included in this novel, which brings a welcome dose of "psychological" to this psychological thriller. And, unlike some psych trillers I've read, it doesn't veer into exploitative territory, which is a refreshing change. Fiona is ordered to see a psychologist, but ends up having a relatively positive therapy experience. I really liked that rep!Dark, delectable, and wild until the final twist (which CONGRATS Laurie, I didn't see coming and am now ruined by). Pick this one up in April 2019! But, in the meantime, read Firsts.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girl Lied To is a fast, gripping young adult contemporary about Fiona, who is reeling from the death of her best friend, Trixie. Fiona and Trixie became friends when Fiona decided that she couldn't handle being with her so called "friends" anymore. She and Trixie became incredibly close, at least on Fiona's end, but Trixie's death, which was ruled a suicide has her reeling.Over the course of Last Girl Lied To, Fiona navigates through her past with Trixie, her own demons, and tries to find T Last Girl Lied To is a fast, gripping young adult contemporary about Fiona, who is reeling from the death of her best friend, Trixie. Fiona and Trixie became friends when Fiona decided that she couldn't handle being with her so called "friends" anymore. She and Trixie became incredibly close, at least on Fiona's end, but Trixie's death, which was ruled a suicide has her reeling.Over the course of Last Girl Lied To, Fiona navigates through her past with Trixie, her own demons, and tries to find Trixie, who she's convinced has decided to disappear. There are many things I loved about this novel (its fearless portrayal of how raw and immediate adolescence is, the lumonious writing, the emphasis on the psychological aspect of "psychological thriller") but what I loved best is how the ending is uncompromisingly honest. A deft, dark, and thought provoking read, Last Girl Lied To is contemporary ya done right and was so good I bought myself a copy. Very highly recommended.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah, so...not a thriller.A mystery with angsty teens who spend their time...angsting.I ended up being a little surprised by what exactly happened to one of the characters, but not all surprised by the 'who' in all of this.Finally, the pacing is a bit slow. Every so often it picked up, but then it slowed down to glacial.OK read.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    This is well-written, but I wouldn’t call it any kind of thriller. Maybe I’m wrong, but even an “emotional” thriller should be exciting or at least surprising. EVERY single chapter was Fiona obsessing about her crush or her missing friend, both of whom had so many issues, that it really made Fiona look bratty in comparison with her constantly whining about her weight. The crush and friend were also incredibly unlikable, which meant I didn’t care about them at all. Also, there was a “secret” - so This is well-written, but I wouldn’t call it any kind of thriller. Maybe I’m wrong, but even an “emotional” thriller should be exciting or at least surprising. EVERY single chapter was Fiona obsessing about her crush or her missing friend, both of whom had so many issues, that it really made Fiona look bratty in comparison with her constantly whining about her weight. The crush and friend were also incredibly unlikable, which meant I didn’t care about them at all. Also, there was a “secret” - some crap that happened at a party and it was so obvious what it was that I got tired of the author trying to hide it from me, while excessively hinting at it at the same time. Also, also, there were scenes in the book that were completely pointless, because it was playing out crap I was already told in detail somewhere else in the book. So that was annoying, and it made the book way longer than it needs to be. And the ending...I didn’t like it. In any case, it was interesting enough for me to keep reading, but it wasn’t nearly as dark or as interesting as I thought it would be. I felt I was reading someone’s obsessive journal entries. I get it. But that didn’t make for a super fun time. I will admit to ya contemporary being my least favorite thing to read, but I also thought I was reading a thriller, so I expected Fiona to be in danger at some point or for something exciting to happen, and well, spoiler alert, she wasn’t and nothing exciting happened.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSFiona’s best friend Trixie commits suicide a year after Toby, a popular jock chose the same manner of death. Soon Fiona imagines they’re both alive with new identities. Her longtime crush Beau, Toby’s brother, is in a seemingly permanent alcoholic stupor so Fiona turns to Jasper, Trixie’s friend with benefits. Fiona soon begins to suspect she never really knew her friend.LAST GIRL LIED TO is filled with liars, those who tell big lies, those who tell small ones. Fiona constantly makes po 3.5 STARSFiona’s best friend Trixie commits suicide a year after Toby, a popular jock chose the same manner of death. Soon Fiona imagines they’re both alive with new identities. Her longtime crush Beau, Toby’s brother, is in a seemingly permanent alcoholic stupor so Fiona turns to Jasper, Trixie’s friend with benefits. Fiona soon begins to suspect she never really knew her friend.LAST GIRL LIED TO is filled with liars, those who tell big lies, those who tell small ones. Fiona constantly makes poor choices and doesn’t see people for who they are. She wasn’t always kind, was rarely honest, had terrible communication skills, but was also a young woman in a lot of pain. She stuffed her feelings with food and shunned support.I enjoyed L E Flynn’s writing style, but the pace was a bit slow. More mystery than thriller, LAST GIRL LIED TO is enjoyable and touches on important issues like unhealthy relationships, substance abuse, friendship and family.
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  • CompletelyBooked
    January 1, 1970
    I had a really hard time getting through this book. The characters were either boring or annoying to me, the plot wasn’t making me want to find out how things ended, and there just wasn’t anything spectacular about this book that made me excited to pick it up each time to read it.
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    Took me ages to get into this one. Not sure the ending was worth the wait.
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll read anything Laurie Elizabeth Flynn writes!
  • Ashlea
    January 1, 1970
    See more on our blog at JennRenee ReadI do my review in the form of questions What made me pick this book up: It was really a combination of the title and the cover. What did I like about the cover: It looks really creepy and ominous. I love how blurred out the girl is, you can't really see her. It matches well with the book I think. What made me read this book: I love mystery thrillers. And this one says that it's a gripping emotional thriller. What did I like the most: Well first I loved the m See more on our blog at JennRenee ReadI do my review in the form of questions What made me pick this book up: It was really a combination of the title and the cover. What did I like about the cover: It looks really creepy and ominous. I love how blurred out the girl is, you can't really see her. It matches well with the book I think. What made me read this book: I love mystery thrillers. And this one says that it's a gripping emotional thriller. What did I like the most: Well first I loved the mystery of it. First one kid kills himself by drowning, and then her best friend does. Are they related? Did they really kill themselves? Why? If they didn't kill themselves where are they?I feel like this book was written well from an emotional point of view. The author really wrote the emotions well in the book. I feel like it was realistic, the way that Fiona copes with it. Which is not at all. She doesn't just go on like everything's fine and she doesn't go back to how her life was before all this happened.I also really love how much teen drinking, and being an alcoholic is centered in this book. I have said before how important I think it is that drinking too much, especially for teens, is talked about in these books. It doesn't glorify it, like some do. But it makes it seem bad. Like a really bad thing. And I love how they don't just talk about it from a teen's perspective, but also from an adult who had gone through something traumatic because of her drinking too much. I like Beau. I feel sorry for Beau, but from the good parts I read about him, he seems like a really sweet and caring guy. I also really liked how it highlighted that you can't let someone change you. That you can't change to become who that person wants you to be, or who you think that person wants you to be. You need to be yourself. What didn't I like: Just a couple things.This book was actually really slow. I had a really hard time getting into it. There was nothing at all thrilling about this book. Nothing. I'm actually getting a little irritated how many books right now are actually contemporaries but call themselves thrillers. I love contemporaries. I would still read them if they were contemporaries. But I want to know what I can expect going in. This one in the synopsis says it's a thriller. It's not. Nothing really happens in this book. It's very anti-climactic. I figured out what had happened before it explained what had happened.I also HATE Fiona. I hate her. I'm sorry but I do. I have terrible self image issues and the entire book she's talking about how fat and disgusting and horrible she is. Like "He can't possibly want me, he feels sorry for me" "It's just pity sex" "Why would anyone really want me"I was just so done. Every other page. If it's brought up a few times, fine. Understandable. But really. Too much guys, way too much.Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?I think I would read more by this author, I'd try at least.Not quite what I expected. Not at all a thriller, barely a mystery. Definitely contemporary.Cover: *****Story: ****Pace: **Writing: ****Characters: **World Building: *Ending: ***
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  • Isabelle (the Book Dutchesses)
    January 1, 1970
    The main mystery in this YA novel is whether Trixie actually committed suicide or if she simply wanted to disappear (as her best friend Fiona thinks). But there were a lot of smaller mysteries throughout the story as well. All of these were slowly revealed in short chapters. Especially the chapters about the past were super short. This made for a super quick read. The alternating chapters between past and present really worked for me. I was so compelled to just keep on reading and reading. The w The main mystery in this YA novel is whether Trixie actually committed suicide or if she simply wanted to disappear (as her best friend Fiona thinks). But there were a lot of smaller mysteries throughout the story as well. All of these were slowly revealed in short chapters. Especially the chapters about the past were super short. This made for a super quick read. The alternating chapters between past and present really worked for me. I was so compelled to just keep on reading and reading. The writing style was also very engaging.While I thought it was a pretty fast read, the story isn’t action-packed or fast-paced at all. Most of the story is about Fiona and her as a character. I really enjoyed the mystery part of it all and I just wanted to know what happened. Along the way we learn more and more about Fiona, Trixie, Jasper, Beau, and Toby and all that happened in the past year or so. For me the ending was satisfying, it was just twisted enough to be rewarding! I was hoping for an ending like this, and while it wasn’t my favorite ending to a thriller I did really like it.Apart from the mystery element this story was about the characters, and oh my were they flawed! Every single one of the characters in Last Girl Lied To was flawed and I honestly didn’t like most of them. I think Fiona, Trixie, Jasper, and Beau are important to talk about. Out of all of them I liked Beau the most, even though he was so so broken. He is dealing with his grief in a very unhealthy way but I liked his development.Jasper had such a creepy vibe over him and I was immediately put off by him. I didn’t like or trust him at all. But his storyline was definitely interesting! I do have to say I was very annoyed by the fact that Fiona judged Trixie for using Jasper, and than she proceeds to do the exact same thing!Trixie started out as a bit of a generic YA mystery character. I liked that she wasn’t the popular girl at school but she did seem quite mean. Her relationship with Fiona was pretty toxic in my opinion. We get to know Trixie through flashbacks and to be honest, she’s a pretty bad friend to Fiona. I did like some of the revelations shown in the very last chapters, it showed that she is just another flawed human.And then we had Fiona, our main character. She started off super bland and she annoyed me so much haha. Fiona is the kind of person that just let’s life happen to here instead of taking charge and live her life. She just does whatever people want her to do and never stops to think what she herself likes to do. It was this side of her that I really hated. But I also liked that she was persistent and super loyal. She really sold her self short. I liked that she developed during the story and that she wasn’t ‘fixed’ by having a guy loving her. So on the one hand I really disliked Fiona, but I also appreciate her and think she made for a good main character!All in all I really enjoyed this story and especially the ending. I flew through it, mostly because of the engaging writing style and short chapters. The characters were very flawed but that also made them real. Last Girl Lied To is definitely a recommended read if you like YA mysteries or contemporaries with a mystery element!
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  • B220
    January 1, 1970
    Toby and Trixie both disappear, no bodies for the funerals. Fiona is dead set that Trixie did not kill herself as people claim. She was her best friend after all-wouldn't she see it coming? Trixie was fierce, she was different, she was everything Fiona wasn't. Why would she walk into the ocean when she knew she couldn't swim? There has to be more to the story. Fiona begins a quest to try to find her friend, but he efforts lead to a whole lot of her past that she wanted to leave behind, but also Toby and Trixie both disappear, no bodies for the funerals. Fiona is dead set that Trixie did not kill herself as people claim. She was her best friend after all-wouldn't she see it coming? Trixie was fierce, she was different, she was everything Fiona wasn't. Why would she walk into the ocean when she knew she couldn't swim? There has to be more to the story. Fiona begins a quest to try to find her friend, but he efforts lead to a whole lot of her past that she wanted to leave behind, but also a bit of her past she wished had never faded away. Will her refusal to accept her friend's death lead to finding Trixie, or will it lead to nothing but pain for Fiona? Might it possibly ruin her future?L. E. Flynn has created a mystery that will keep readers turning the pages. I will admit I did not see the ending coming. I thought I did at a few points, but Flynn kept throwing curveballs to make me think otherwise. I will say the ending is utterly satisfying. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Macmillan/Imprint for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI wish I could have you guys feel this book. It is so smooth. I love it.| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy
  • Kisses A
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf @ 55%Please dont waste your precious timeRead something like Harry Potter (or reread ;) ) The narrator is one of the hypocritical annoying person someone could be. The book had potential but it was so slow. I figured it out and skimmed to the end and low and behold i was right. I hate it. I hate when authors play that card, making a character a villian just to benefit someone else or fit into the plot. Guys dont bother to read this. Its a steaming pile of angst with a winy mc and an annoying Dnf @ 55%Please dont waste your precious timeRead something like Harry Potter (or reread ;) ) The narrator is one of the hypocritical annoying person someone could be. The book had potential but it was so slow. I figured it out and skimmed to the end and low and behold i was right. I hate it. I hate when authors play that card, making a character a villian just to benefit someone else or fit into the plot. Guys dont bother to read this. Its a steaming pile of angst with a winy mc and an annoying mystery that feels like you can figure it out. It also feels used. Read a real mystery like the girl on the train or smth.
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  • Hauntedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girl Lied To was a suspenseful, dark read full of secrets for you to discover! I really liked the writing style and thought it was unique. I loved the fact that the narrator was unreliable. That makes it harder for the reader to figure out the mystery, which I love! I liked the fact that the characters were flawed. I really enjoyed reading Last Girl Lied To! If you like mysteries then you should pick this one up!
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  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting! This was super addicting to read; I loved the short chapters. I really like that this was about Fiona kind of finding herself and getting out of the shadow of her friends (Jenny, Allison, Trixie), while trying to find Trixie and what may have happened to her. The mix of past and present painted a good picture of their friendship, flaws and all.
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  • Jenny Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh Fiona wow
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was not the thriller I was promised. It was an okay read. I have a lot of thoughts around this and will try to gather my thoughts soon. FRTC
  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: StephanieCover Story: Blurry Big FaceBFF Charm: NaySwoonworthy Scale: 2Talky Talk: Now And ThenBonus Factor: Sex, Lies, And SecretsAnti-Bonus Factor: Toxic FriendshipsRelationship Status: Locker DramaRead the full book report here.
  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girl Lied To was an okay mystery that was made more intriguing with its time-jumping chapters. Trixie was a girl full of mystery and it was clear why the main character, Fiona, was drawn to her. Fiona was complex as well, especially as the reader got to see her life and routine when she first met Trixie and after Trixie's apparent suicide. There were some insights from Fiona about her weight and her body image but that minor arc never had a satisfying conclusion. Speaking of conclusions, I Last Girl Lied To was an okay mystery that was made more intriguing with its time-jumping chapters. Trixie was a girl full of mystery and it was clear why the main character, Fiona, was drawn to her. Fiona was complex as well, especially as the reader got to see her life and routine when she first met Trixie and after Trixie's apparent suicide. There were some insights from Fiona about her weight and her body image but that minor arc never had a satisfying conclusion. Speaking of conclusions, I thought the truth behind Trixie's disappearance was interesting but never fulfilled the "psychological" aspect that the summary promised. In short, this book could get lost in the vast ocean of various other YA "girl goes missing" mysteries.
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  • Elizabeth Mathis
    January 1, 1970
    Something made him angry that night.Something made her cry.Something made Trixie disappear.What if it was all the same thing? Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is, she wishes she could forget.Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn’t really dead. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn't want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former f Something made him angry that night.Something made her cry.Something made Trixie disappear.What if it was all the same thing? Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is, she wishes she could forget.Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn’t really dead. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn't want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and Beau—the boy who turned Fiona down, who loved someone else, who might be happy Trixie is gone.The closer Fiona gets to finding out what happened, and the closer she gets to Jasper and Beau, the more she realizes that the girl she knew better than anyone may have been a carefully constructed lie—and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.Told in alternating chapters between the past and the present, Last Girl Lied To is a gripping emotional thriller.Rating: 4.25/5 PenguinsQuick Reasons: seems complex characters are the name of my game currently; hello, another Laurie Elizabeth Flynn novel!; twisty, turny, utterly deliciously surprising; I couldn't make myself put this read down; the author knows how to expertly craft a red herring--or severalHUGE thanks to Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Imprint Publishing, and the Fantastic Flying Book Club for shooting a free egalley of this title my way! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.This is the SECOND! book from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn that I've read (see my review for FIRSTS by clicking that link right there <---!) and I have to admit, Penguins, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn knows how to write complex, compelling characters. From page one, I was swept up in the dramas, passions, remorses....every minute detail that made these characters come to life and breathe free, enthralled me immediately. What I remember about that night: everything that matters.What I tell them I remember about that night: everything that doesn't matter.I know lying is wrong, but isn't breaking your promises worse? There's something about a promise that's more important. A permanent tie to somebody else. A signature scrawled in the air, pinpricked thumbs pressed together. Swallowing someone else's desperation. Hiding someone's biggest mistake. Speaking the three most important words in the English language:I'll never tell.So, as bad as I feel about lying to the cops about the night Trixie disappeared, it feels more natural than the alternative. And that's the thing about choices: When you put them on either side of a scale, they never weigh the same.One is bound to be heavier. This read is filled with twisty, turny, delicious surprises. There is a whirlwind hurricane moment where you THINK you've got the whole mystery figured out.....only to have the entire plot turned on its head in front of you. Don't get me wrong--I had my doubts about certain pieces of the plot, for sure. I more than ONCE found myself wondering why things seemed too easy, too perfect...but Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has proven she's the master of red herrings. She so easily had me convinced that I was on the right track, when I was actually way beyond wrong. This made the read all the more satisfying for me, honestly--I really DO enjoy being taken by surprise, despite what you might think.This title is full of mystery, suspense, angst--emotions, to boil down what might have become a very long sentence. Yes. This book is full of emotions, and bound to catch you up in the heart of it. The characters are compelling, the journey is a tapestry waiting to be unraveled. I definitely recommend to lovers of contemporary thrillers, unlikable but relatable characters, and nonlinear story telling. Take a walk into the past with me, Penguins--this is one tale you don't want to skip out on.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 3.5 stars (this seems really nitpicky, but I'll get into my reasoning in a bit)This book started off on a really high note. The writing was intense, with alternating chapters told in 2nd person, short vignettes about the past written to a girl who is long gone and whom the narrator is desperate to find. Then, as the book went on, there was less and less action Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 3.5 stars (this seems really nitpicky, but I'll get into my reasoning in a bit)This book started off on a really high note. The writing was intense, with alternating chapters told in 2nd person, short vignettes about the past written to a girl who is long gone and whom the narrator is desperate to find. Then, as the book went on, there was less and less action and it felt like things were getting stuck, a Groundhog's Day sort of situation where time was passing, but nothing was happening and the narrator was just continuing to drone on and on to herself in a Holden Caufield-esque way (why doesn't anyone understand how awful it is to be me???). And then, BAM, at like 90% done, this thing ratcheted up quite a bit and ended pretty great. So, as I read, it went from a mental 4 stars, to 2, to 3, to almost 4 again, hence the awkward actual rating above.Fiona's best friend walked into the ocean one night and hasn't been seen since. Everyone has ruled her death a suicide, but Fiona refuses to believe that Trixie would kill herself. She is determined to search for clues that point to Trixie still being alive and will not stop until she gets answers. Of course, the more she tries to learn about Trixie's past, the more questions she uncovers. How was Trixie involved with Toby Hunter, a boy who jumped off the pier a year ago? Was she actually dating Jasper, the boy that Fiona is now using to get information? Could Toby and Trixie be out there somewhere, starting over and living on the run? This book straddled the line of being a mystery/thriller about a faked death and being a realistic fiction book focusing on how relationships drift and change over time. It never fully landed in either spot. This is a second purchase type of book suitable for grades 9 and up.
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  • RE Reader
    January 1, 1970
    There were many things I liked about this: the premise, the pacing, the shorter chapters (which made for a quick read), the flexible use of time (ie, it goes back and forth in time a fair amount), the urgency felt throughout.And then there were a couple of things I really disliked -- namely the characters. Other than Alison, I found these characters all came from the same mold: the angsty, unhappy, tunnel-vision, lost-teen stereotype. They were all such a mess, and although I know there are teen There were many things I liked about this: the premise, the pacing, the shorter chapters (which made for a quick read), the flexible use of time (ie, it goes back and forth in time a fair amount), the urgency felt throughout.And then there were a couple of things I really disliked -- namely the characters. Other than Alison, I found these characters all came from the same mold: the angsty, unhappy, tunnel-vision, lost-teen stereotype. They were all such a mess, and although I know there are teens like this, I personally find it annoying when every main character (and most of the secondary) follows this pattern. Yes, it's been a while since I was a teenager, but I remember a fair amount from those days, and there were very few kids who fit this type. Both my kids are currently teens (and in high school), and between them and their friends (which covers a lot of students), there aren't any who are this lost and angsty. And I taught teens for 9 years (and currently continue to do so online), and maybe 5% of my students are like this. Yet, here's a book where 95% of the characters have these issues.Plus, none of the characters are very nice -- Trixie, Fiona, Jasper, Beau, Jenny...gah! It's like they don't understand basic kindness and respect for others. Fiona was probably the kindest, but she also didn't seem to mind using others (in particular Jasper) for her own ends. I wouldn't want to know any of them in real life, and that's an issue for me.So overall, the writing itself was engaging, but I got tired of the emotional quagmire. I will add that I definitely wanted to know what had happened -- so that's a testament to the strength of the flow and pacing here. The Epilogue was my favorite part, LOL.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Fiona was a cheerleader, best friends with the popular girls in school, skinny, and in love with Beau. Then Beau's brother vanishes into the ocean, her BFF claims Beau as her boyfriend, and Fiona walks away from her former life. She happens upon Trixie and a friendship blooms that interweaves into present day, when Trixie has vanished into the ocean as well. Fiona knows Trixie was acting odd over the summer. Changing her hair and makeup, always on her phone, and being secretive. Fiona befriends Fiona was a cheerleader, best friends with the popular girls in school, skinny, and in love with Beau. Then Beau's brother vanishes into the ocean, her BFF claims Beau as her boyfriend, and Fiona walks away from her former life. She happens upon Trixie and a friendship blooms that interweaves into present day, when Trixie has vanished into the ocean as well. Fiona knows Trixie was acting odd over the summer. Changing her hair and makeup, always on her phone, and being secretive. Fiona befriends Jasper, Trixie's friend with benefits and the two of them search for answers on what happened to Trixie, because Fiona refuses to believe that Trixie went for a drunken midnight swim into the ocean.The story was engaging with twists that I partially saw coming, although the book stretched out into a long time period: a year and a half covering Fiona's senior year in high school and her freshman year at college. There wasn't much of a mystery component and the big reveal didn't make sense. The police who investigated Beau's brother's disappearance (and then Trixie's) would have searched their emails (especially since both were ruled suicides, I think). And the emails provided the answers to everything, although it takes Fiona almost a year of hacking (and somehow not locking Trixie's email) until she realizes the password and discovers the truth. I also didn't like Fiona's relationship with Jasper, but she redeemed her character by not giving up on Beau, trying to save him from self-destructing into a young alcoholic. The story also fit the overused cliche of beautiful, skinny, loud girl befriends quiet, fat, loner girl which ultimately leads the protagonist into discovering that she's beautiful and amazing no matter what she looks like. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC; this book was a great read.
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  • Kavanand (Reading for Two)
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Girl Lied to is the kind of messy teen drama that will appeal to fans of Pretty Little Liars. Fiona is grieving for her best friend Trixie, who committed suicide over the summer. Starting her senior year, Fiona is still in shock, and she starts to think that the story of Fiona’s suicide doesn’t add up. She seeks out Jasper, the guy Trixie was hooking up with, hoping he’ll have some answers. Fiona and Jasper make a connection, but Fiona also has feelings for the guy she’s been in love wi The Last Girl Lied to is the kind of messy teen drama that will appeal to fans of Pretty Little Liars. Fiona is grieving for her best friend Trixie, who committed suicide over the summer. Starting her senior year, Fiona is still in shock, and she starts to think that the story of Fiona’s suicide doesn’t add up. She seeks out Jasper, the guy Trixie was hooking up with, hoping he’ll have some answers. Fiona and Jasper make a connection, but Fiona also has feelings for the guy she’s been in love with since freshman year, Beau, who happens to be the boyfriend of her former best friend.At first I thought this was going to fall into the messy misfits making out category (which I love), but the story went in a different direction. I’m a little torn on how to rate it. It was a gripping read, I didn’t want to put it down, and I was genuinely surprised by the resolution of the mystery. On the other hand, I found Fiona to be a bit of a limp noodle and I couldn’t bring myself to care about her. Also, she’s hung up on Beau, who is basically a hot mess (drunk at school is not a good look). They have a bond because he's also grieving the suicide of his older brother (which is why he's a hot mess). So, this was basically a 3.5- star read for me since it was entertaining and fast-paced, but I didn’t connect with it on more than a surface level.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC.
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  • Olivia Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC e-book provided by NetGalley** Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I've been super into the psychological-twisty-mystery-YA novel right now, and Last Girl Lied To totally fit the bill. First of all, the chapters are really short, and I like that! I think that would be a really good thing, especially for young readers that might not have a super long attention span. Second of all, I sincerely could not figure out the ending. I will admit, I'm a pretty naive reader...but I honestly tried to **ARC e-book provided by NetGalley** Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I've been super into the psychological-twisty-mystery-YA novel right now, and Last Girl Lied To totally fit the bill. First of all, the chapters are really short, and I like that! I think that would be a really good thing, especially for young readers that might not have a super long attention span. Second of all, I sincerely could not figure out the ending. I will admit, I'm a pretty naive reader...but I honestly tried to come up with a million scenarios in my head while reading and I STILL couldn't completely figure it out. The fact that this book could keep me stumped really won me over. Finally, I thought the book dealt with some important topics in a nonchalant way. The main character, Fiona, deals with the same things so many other high schoolers deal with—body image, friends, boyfriends, college decisions, etc. Fiona was a very REAL character to me, and I really appreciated that. My only complaint is that at times it got a bit slow. I wanted there to always be something super crazy happening, but there was a lot of down time. However, for me, the ending made up for the down time. Overall, 4/5 stars! I'd put this on my classroom bookshelf, for sure.
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  • Luxe
    January 1, 1970
    It's been quite a long time since I've read a contemporary YA thriller so I was really excited when I started reading this one. From the sound of the synopsis, I find it really promising and in the end, I liked the story.Last Girl Lied To started out full of intrigue which hooked me from the very beginning. The book focuses on Fiona's journey in unearthing the mystery about her best friend's enigmatic suicide. Although the book's concept isn't new in the genre, I found myself liking the book sti It's been quite a long time since I've read a contemporary YA thriller so I was really excited when I started reading this one. From the sound of the synopsis, I find it really promising and in the end, I liked the story.Last Girl Lied To started out full of intrigue which hooked me from the very beginning. The book focuses on Fiona's journey in unearthing the mystery about her best friend's enigmatic suicide. Although the book's concept isn't new in the genre, I found myself liking the book still. Peppered with a few twists and surprises in the plot, the mystery really tied itself up well.Unfortunately, I failed to connect with the main character, Fiona, no matter how hard I've tried to. I just didn't see much development in her which disappointed me, thus, factoring in to my indifference to her. The book's pace was also a little bit too slow for my liking which put me off a tad bit. But the ending was quite good and I think it wraps everything quite good.Overall, despite having a bit of issues with this one, I still found myself enjoying Last Girl Lied To for its great mystery and suspense!
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  • Gayle
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I was provided a copy to read and review by the author. This was an overall good book. It hooked me where it needed to, kept me strung along just enough that I WANTED to finish as quickly as I did. Learning about Trixie and Fiona's relationship was good and fine in the beginning, but once the tangled web started unraveling between her, Beau, Jenny, Alison, Jasper...it was fantastic! A little confusing if I'm honest, as some of the bouncing and length from chapter to chapter seemed ch Disclaimer: I was provided a copy to read and review by the author. This was an overall good book. It hooked me where it needed to, kept me strung along just enough that I WANTED to finish as quickly as I did. Learning about Trixie and Fiona's relationship was good and fine in the beginning, but once the tangled web started unraveling between her, Beau, Jenny, Alison, Jasper...it was fantastic! A little confusing if I'm honest, as some of the bouncing and length from chapter to chapter seemed choppy. I admit, I had to read the passage where Fiona figures out what Jasper did a few times, because it didn't click right away - the writing didn't seem to flow properly to me. The last 20-30 pages were good...but the ending seemed....mild. pulled straight out of a rom-com. I think I would've liked just a touch more to build Beau and Fiona's new story. It felt too obvious.
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