Three girls, loyal to each other – that never happens. All the groups of three implode eventually. Two in, one out. Change. Betrayal. Again. And again.
But not us. I make sure of it. I make Ash and Ruby see that our power is in our three-ness. We can do what no other trio can.
Together, we’re strong.
Thick, thin, boys, mothers, divorce, other girls, secrets, lies, all of it.
I’ll keep us together.
Intoxicating and intense, lush and chilling, LOVE LIE REPEAT is the unmissable debut novel from Catherine Greer.
Love, Lie, Repeat was a compelling, intriguing and powerful read. It didn’t take me long to read, as I was captivated by the plot. From the beginning, I questioned and felt empathy for the narrator, 16 year old Annie. She considers the bond with her friends to be unbreakable and insists that she has the power to keep her friends together no matter what they go through. The girls experience love, feelings of abandonment from family members, struggles with mental health and finding out who they truly are. Many issues raised in the novel would be close to home for many teenagers, whether experienced by a friend or themselves.
There are sections of the novel that explore very personal teenage issues. As a teacher, this book was an emotional read in parts, as I considered the grief, neglect, anxiety and depression felt by the characters. This could be any one of my students. In my profession, I hope to provide life lessons and help students at school whenever they need someone to listen to them.
I also saw this book from the perspective of a parent and at times did not connect well with the narrator due to the lack of consideration she had for her mother.
Overall, this was a great young adult suspense thriller that I couldn’t put down. What a debut novel!