The Lie That Binds
I am a liar.
I lie to protect myself.
I lie because I'm terrified.
I lie to keep a secret that would destroy everything in my life if everyone knew.
Holly is the new girl at school and my unwilling lab partner. She hates me because I'm one of the popular guys—one of the bullies who terrorize the unfortunate and the unpopular. For me, it's who I've had to become to keep anyone from getting too close—close enough to see right through me.
When Holly finds out my secret, I have to do whatever it takes to keep her quiet—even if it means telling the most damaging lie of all—the one I tell myself.
Do we really see the people around us?
I could not stop reading this book. High school can be daunting, all by itself. You never truly know what is going on in another's life. For Holly Ross, life presented challenges that resulted in a cross country, and cross climate relocation.
For Nathan, Holly may present as another obstacle to be navigated, or will his truth be the one that binds them all.
This is an exploration of all that motivates the young as they navigate the waters to reach adulthood along with a smattering of education. It shines a light on the invisible burdens that are not so easily recognized by the world at large. Not all handicaps are visible, and the ones we place on our own hearts may do the most damage. I loved the collection of quotes that opened each chapter. I think this book could start a hundred, important conversations. I plan to share it.