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Lie With Me, by Philippe Besson

jgalbo's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

jedbird's review

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3.0

This was a very melodramatic book, complete with Gay Tragedy, and even from a gay author, I'm really over gay tragedies every damn time.

It had some nice moments, but for me it was hard to relax into the narrative because the wording seemed so stiff. I can't read the original French, so I don't know if Molly Ringwald did a good job or not, but the whiplash shift situation with tenses throughout this book kept throwing me out of the story. It was just all awkward angles.

Maybe this is picky, but that's who I am: at one point, the author claims that the Clash song 'London Calling' was inspired by British miner strikes in 1984, which is absolutely not true. The 'London Calling' album came out in *1979* and had nothing to do with miners. It's weird that the author makes a point of drawing this out, because he didn't with other pop culture, and the rest of the period detail seems accurate. (I am basically the age of the characters)

It wasn't heinous, just absolutely predictable, and I expect better in 2019.

madeline4's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

kacinvel's review against another edition

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4.0

This book made me cry. Sadly relatable. Would have loved to see this story from Thomas's perspective, but...

jiafournier's review against another edition

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4.0

Vraiment beau et vraiment triste. J’avais les larmes au yeux à la fin really sad surtout quand on sait qu’ils ne se sont pas revus. Loved it

mac_1mc's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

didoanddante's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

literasmi's review against another edition

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emotional sad medium-paced

4.0

pinkjhin's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced

5.0

decseptapril's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0