Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey are complete opposites on paper. Megan is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. But in 1999, Megan and Lauren become college roommates and, as two young women struggling to find their place on campus, they forge a strong, albeit unlikely, friendship. The two quickly become inseparable, sharing clothes, advice and their most intimate secrets.
The summer before their senior year, Megan joins Lauren and her family on their private island off the coast of Maine. The weeks go by, filled with fun and relaxation, until late one night at the end of the vacation, something unspeakable happens, searing through the framework of the girls’ friendship and tearing them apart. Many years later, in the midst of a political scandal, Megan finally comes forward about what happened that fateful night, revealing a horrible truth about Lauren’s family and threatening to expose their long-buried secrets.
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I bought this novel at a local book sale just based on the cover and a brief skim of the back of the novel. I went in with low expectations and I ended up being very surprised on how much I liked Here We Lie.
The novel starts in present day with Megan and Lauren and right away we can tell it’s not very good news. It’s a bit unclear what the scandal is, but it’s bad. Then the novel shifts back in time and goes into Megan and Lauren’s lives and what brought them together.
Both Megan and Lauren have their flaws, but it’s easy to warm up to them and get caught up in their stories. The only part that I wasn’t fully invested in was Megan’s and Lauren’s friendship. It didn’t seem that it was too genuine since there was a lot of secrets and lies from both of them.
4 calculators out of a potential 5. Check this out as a summertime read. It has secrets, scandals with a touch of seriousness that makes you think about your own friendships!