Lies We Tell Ourselves


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$17.99  $16.55
Harlequin Teen
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5.73 X 8.76 X 1.27 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author

Robin Talley studied literature and communications at American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife, but visits both Boston and New York regularly despite her moral opposition to Massachusetts winters and Times Square. Her first book was 2014's Lies We Tell Ourselves. Visit her online at or on Twitter at @robin_talley.


"[A] well-paced, engrossing story....a beautifully written and compelling read." -School Library Journal

"A well-handled debut." -Booklist

"A piercing look at the courage it takes to endure...forms of extreme hatred, violence, racism and sexism." -Kirkus Reviews

"The big issues of school desegregation in the 1950s, interracial dating, and same-sex couples have the potential to be too much for one novel, but the author handles all with aplomb...Educators looking for materials to support the civil rights movement will find a gem in this novel, and librarians seeking titles for their LGBT displays should have this novel on hand." -VOYA

"I found myself at turns grateful and horrified as I read Talley's fictionalized account of integration....Lies We Tell Ourselves might be fiction, but the story is true - and it's one we should never forget." -NPR

"A stirring portrayal of the fight for integration in the late 1950s....Both [integration and gay rights] are touchy subjects, yet Ms. Talley navigates them with grace...Definitely a must-read book for 2014 - and future years to come, as I'm sure this book will go down in the young adult canon as a classic." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette