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When I Lied Paperback – April 11, 2016
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I dare you not to fall head over heels in love with Oliver Walt!!
When I Lied is an accidental Catfish in reverse. The plain girl, looking to step outside of her comfort zone of books and school, decides to take on a party girl persona with which to interact with the digital world. The famous boy is just interacting with his fans, trying to find a connection to fill the emptiness of his life. When the two connected, they never thought they’d actually meet. When they met, they never knew how the carefully constructed lies and walls they’d constructed would converge and ruin everything.
Oliver Walt was such an amazing character. He was more flawed than perfect, more sad than happy, and more intense than anyone could imagine. He was a walking chasm of pain and loneliness. He kept a carefully orchestrated public persona in place to protect his delicate psyche from more damage; while letting bits of the pain into the lyrics, his adoring fans relished. It was obvious he was waiting for someone to see the distress he disguised so masterfully. There were several times, throughout the book, my heart physically ached for his. I needed him to see he was more than the person he thought he was and deserved so much more than the superficial connections he was indulging in.
Kate Green was very interesting. So smart, yet still so naïve. Kate was a far more transparent character than Oliver, likely a result of being the narrator. She was definitely a girl just learning how she fit into the world. Trying to find a foothold and keep it, while looking for the next safe spot to move. She often showed her intelligence in the way she built her cover stories and did her investigating. More often she showed how scared and innocent she was, trusting in the wrong person and hoping they’d stand by their commitments. I loved innocent little Kate and just wanted her to figure out a way to get everything she wanted.
The villain of the story was the epitome of a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. On the outside, she was the perfect, pretty, smart college girl everyone hopes to be or know. Right beneath that shiny veneer was something so dark and evil it poisoned everything. She never went to a place that was unbelievable, though. She was the bully we all fear. The evil that we’ve all crossed in some way. No matter who you are, you’ll know who this person is in your life.
When I Lied was a roller coaster for me. The highs were so high I felt my heart might take flight, right out of my chest; the lows made me feel as if there were a literal hole in my chest. The dichotomy of Kate and Oliver are what really sold this for me. Kate was the light and only saw the light. Even when things were bleak, and she’d seemingly lost hope, it was only momentarily. She found a pinprick of hope and reached for it. Oliver, on the other hand, was constantly wallowing in the dark. As he was basking in the brightness of Kate’s optimism, he still found a shadow to explore. The push and pull of the two made me need them to find a way to exist in both shadow and light. I firmly believe that you can’t have one without the other and When I Lied was a wonderful depiction of my belief. Too much light and you get burned, too much darkness and you wither away.
As you know from the synopsis, Kate decided she needed a test run on social media before she enters college, to figure it out so as not embarrass herself. She decides to set up a phony Twitter account under the name of Lexi Cartwright. She never dreamt there would be any problems with that. Who would even notice her??
Enter Phobia5, the hot British Rock band and lead singer Oliver Walt and her tweets catch his attention. He direct messages her and they begin chatting online, which slowly turns into a relationship; just friends, but he finds her to be kind, down to earth, honest, just what he's craving in his life.
"....Love, this business is wretched. No one is sincere. Everyone is out to find your faults....And the dishonestly within this industry is sickening. You can't trust anyone. If i didn't have you to turn to these last few months, I'm afraid of what could have happened."
Slowly Lexi begins to feel more for Oliver and her lie starts to weigh heavy on her. She knows she must tell him the truth, especially when she gets a message from him that they will be playing the Billabong Festival and he wants to meet with her. She panics and her one single lie begins to spread even though it wasn't her intention. Her fear that her lie will hurt him even further eats at her since she cares very much for him. But give Lexi credit, she tries several times, but something always interrupts her.
I really fell in love with Oliver. He was such a broken, sad, lonely, hurt man. But he kept that tucked away from his fans. The only time he talked about his problems was with Lexi. I just wanted to hug him and tell him it would be ok.
Then there is Gretchen, a student in one of Lexi's classes. I will say you will despise her. I've come across conniving, nasty characters before, but she takes the cake. She gets assigned to work on a project with Lexi.
I decided to take the lead with our synopsis of our project so that Gretchen couldn't promise something we couldn't deliver. I knew I couldn't trust her as far as I could throw her, and I'd love to throw her. Off a cliff. Into an ocean. Of ravenous flesh-eating organisms.
And then there are Kate's good friends at school. Everyone should have a circle of friends like that. They were there for her at every turn!
"Here's to friendship. It's like peeing on yourself; everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth."
There is one turn after another in this story between Oliver, Lexi and Gretchen. It is at time so full of angst it killed me. The way this book ended really blew me away. Listening to Oliver, I was so entranced, I forgot he was a fictional character. Michelle's writing is deep, complicated and beautiful and her characters are rich. This was the first book of hers I have read, but I will definitely seek our her others. I highly recommend this book.
"Hi love." He breathed out a slow sigh. Melting. Melting into a puddle in the grass. His voice had the potential to reduce my insides to liquid.
I would love to see another story looking into the future of Oliver and Kate!!!