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No Romance Allowed
Rory's new female roommate suddenly drops out. The woman’s brother shows up with a letter saying that the rental agreement is canceled. Short on rent, she agrees to take him as her roommate with a condition of no romantic involvement between them. While they are trying to coexist, Rory discovers something about him that leads to other lies and secrets.
Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: This is Why We Lie
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: young adult readers, thriller, mystery, dark academia
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Genre: YA Thriller
Recommended Age: 15+ (murder, violence, gore, drug use, kidnapping, language)
Explanation of CWs: Murder, slight violence, and slight gore are throughout the book. There is drug use mentioned and shown. There is one kidnapping scene. And there’s some language in the book.
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Synopsis: When Jenna Dallas and Adam Cole find Colleen O’Dell’s body floating off the shore of their coastal town, the community of Gardiners Bay is shaken. But even more shocking is the fact that her drowning was no accident.
Once Jenna’s best friend becomes a key suspect, Jenna starts to look for answers on her own. As she uncovers scandals inside Preston Prep School leading back to Rookwood reform school, she knows she needs Adam on her side.
As a student at Rookwood, Adam is used to getting judgmental looks, but now his friends are being investigated by the police. Adam will do whatever he can to keep them safe, even if that means trusting Jenna.
As lies unravel, the truth starts to blur. Only one thing is certain: somebody must take the fall.
Review: For the most part I thought this was fairly well done. The book had good world building and I loved the dark academia vibes. I also liked the plot of the book for the most part.
However, I did feel like the book had a few issues. The characters weren’t well developed and it was hard to connect with them. The pacing was super slow and it was hard to keep reading. The flashbacks were awkwardly placed. And it was predictable in the end. Overall, the book is kinda clunky and needs a bit more work.