Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.
But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.
The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.
And that’s yours truly.
Ok, you all know that I very rarely give out 1 star ratings to books. That’s not my style. I don’t like doing that to books. So believe me when I say that this book was really bad. I’m not typically in the business of reading bad books and when I do, most of the time I can find at least one good thing to say about it. But I truly cannot find a single good thing to say about We Told Six Lies. The premise essentially promised me a thriller-mystery type where it seems like the girl that’s gone missing is because of her boyfriend and I expected to be reading a story of how he did actually take her and what we’d be reading was his POV of why he took her, what he plans to do next, how he manipulates the suspicion off of him, etc. That would’ve been such a better story than the one that I got here. The plot here was just so chaotic and incoherent that I’m not even sure what the point was. Was it to show how “in love” these two characters were to the point where you had to believe he didn’t do it? To prove they were meant to be together? To exploit those with mental illness to a degree that they can’t be trusted? I don’t know. I do know that whatever Victoria Scott did here was simply bad.
Because there are certain things I need to bring up in my review for clarity of my dislike, I’m gonna place a tiny SPOILER ALERT here in case you still want to read this book.
- Like I said in my little intro, there was really nothing good about this book for me personally. Well, I guess the cover is nice but you know what they say about deceiving looks and all.
- My biggest issue with this book, the lack of a good plot notwithstanding, is the chaotic and messy narrative structure. I don’t care if you want to throw in multiple POVs into your book, and sometimes there are books that demand just that. But what I have a problem with is when you’re not only creating multiple POVs but you’re using literally all of the narrative tenses in various places in time when you really don’t have to do that. There were a lot of “Now” and “Then” chapters, which I would’ve been fine with in a book like this because you need to know both the past and present to see the whole picture. But the “Now” was always in Cobain’s first person narrative in the present tense while the “Then” played more into the second person narrative but still in Cobain’s voice and it didn’t make any sense. Why was he all of a sudden talking to Molly directly in the past but in the present it seemed he was more talking to the reader (or himself). And then we got “Molly” chapters which, you guessed it, were not in the same narrative style and all of a sudden we got her perspective in a third person POV. Sometimes I would look at this book and think “did the author just learn the three types of writing tenses and thought she had to use all of them at the same time?” I don’t think that this kind of writing style is something you should do at all, let alone in YA. It was confusing and irritating, and above all it gave me a headache.
- Honestly, none of these characters were likeable. Like, at all. The relationship between Molly and Cobain is beyond toxic and while they may think they’re perfect together, they’re not. Molly constantly manipulates him and he’s like a lost little puppy following her around because she’s the first person to give him positive attention. Every time I’d be with Cobain, I would mostly feel sorry for him. He’s clearly socially inept and appears to be battling with some kind of mental illness throughout, though at the end it apparently is excused and forgotten, I’m not sure, and there’s nothing about his character that lets you connect with him or feel anything for him but sorry. You’re sorry that no one cares about him but sorry that he becomes grossly possessive and violent when it comes to the first person to give him attention. Molly is just the worst kind of people where she lies and manipulates and doesn’t view people as actual humans but puppets on a string. Neither have likeable or redeemable qualities and their romance is too toxic for me to even want to touch upon.
- The ending was frustrating, to say the least. I thought the twist of the person who took Molly turning out to be Cobain’s brother was good, and I predicted it, but I hated that he became the villain because of his mental illness, which was never even stated or explored. It gave me the impression that people like Holt, the ones with mental illness, are just “funny” or “weird” and when they get into their moods that you stay away from them. That didn’t sit right with me. And there was a line were Cobain said he wasn’t afraid of his brother but he was afraid of his mental illness and I think that’s beyond messed up. Were he treated properly and not left locked away, or abused as a kid because he has this illness, maybe he would’ve been ok. But the fact that Scott thinks this is what the norm is for dealing with people with mental illness is disgusting. YA books are to open the minds of young adults and teach them things but if this is what Scott thinks we need to teach young adults then she needs to reevaluate her status as a writer.
- The biggest thing I’m mad about is how this book is called We Told Six Lies and it basically meant NOTHING. Sure, these two character lied a bunch, but six specific lies that were integral to the plot? I can’t see it. Why bother titling your book this if it’s something you’re apparently going to leave to pull out of your ass at the last minute?
THE BOTTOM LINE
- I guess the lesson learned from this book is to not read another thing by this author and probably look more closely at synopses in the future. This tile promised me so much structure, the synopsis promised a thrilling mystery and what I got was villainizing those with mental illness and an overwhelmingly toxic relationship. This is not a good story. These are not good characters. I don’t typically say this in my review but trust me when I say, don’t read this book.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: We Told Six Lies
Author: Victoria Scott
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Pages: 352 (eBook)
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