Review: Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 9th, 2015
by Crown Books for Young Readers
My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic. 

My thoughts…

For a book with a topic this taboo, Even When You Lie to Me is extremely boring and was not what I expected at all from a teacher/student romance, there was no drama, basically nothing happened. It did have a good portion of tedious conversations between Charlie and her horrible best friend Lila and meaningless encounters with Mr. Drummond. I was disappointed.

Charlie has always had crushes on her teachers since sixth grade, English teachers are the worst because they liked books as much as she did. At the beginning of senior year, Charlie has a new AP English Lit teacher, Mr. Drummond.  

Lila poked me in the arm and said, “She goes by Charlie.” Mr. Drummond looked at me. I smiled, because it was the only thing I could think of doing. “You look more like a Chuck,” he said. The class laughed, and I felt my face heat up. Why had he singled me out? Was he making fun of me.

Thought out the entire book Charlie had a huge problem with how she saw herself and she had very low self-esteem. Charlie was jealous of her friend Lila for being beautiful and having every male’s attention, she couldn’t believe Lila wanted to be friends with her. At one point, she felt Mr. Drummond was interested in Lila because she constantly flirted with him. I didn’t care for Lila, she was a self-absorbed friend who only looked out for herself.

Charlie has an unhealthy obsession with Mr. Drummond and he doesn’t encourage any of her behavior towards him. Occasionally he would flirt but he flirted with all the students, male and female. There is no touching, secret meeting places or stolen glances and I just don’t understand how the “relationship” between Charlie and Mr. Drummond could turn into what happened when she shows up unexpected at his apartment.

This book just wasn’t for me and I wouldn’t recommend it.  

Happy Reading -J 


  1. I just looked at my daughter's section of our bookshelves and see that I have this one. I don't really think it sounds like anything I would enjoy. I hope your next read is better for you.

    1. I hate to say it, but, Carole don't waste your time. It really is not that good. Have a great night.

  2. Oh I'm so sorry this book didn't work for you. I enjoyed student-teacher romances and some of the books such as Slammed series and Loving Mr Daniels were my favorites. I could see your points. It sounds like it actually has so much potential to be great.
    I hope your next read or the one you're currently reading is so much better than this one. :)

    1. Loving Mr. Daniels and Slammed are also my favorites, it's hard to find good student/teacher romances to match those... but darn it, I'm going to keep trying. Thanks for visiting.