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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Lie to Me by Christine Anna Kirchoff is a young adult urban fantasy novel. Tevy has spent the last five years in a psychiatric center when she makes the mistake of telling people about the angels she saw battling in the sky. The doctors tell her it's PTSD from losing her parents. She'll do anything to go back home, even if she has to lie her way out the door. When her aunt finally takes her home, she quickly realizes that everything has changed. Her parents' furniture is no longer in the house. Their photos aren't on the mantel. Her best friend won't have anything to do with her. The only one that seems to want her around is Dylan, the boy next door. Soon Dylan discovers her biggest secret: she still sees angels. When she learns that the angels are real, she's dragged into the middle of a war.
With twists and turns that keep you guessing until the last page, Christine Anna Kirchoff has a witty style that makes for a fun read from beginning to end! The characters are dashing and lovable, easily likable, and make for a delightful adventure. Tevy is a strong and commendable lead who struggles to discover where she belongs in an emotional journey that will capture your heart. Dylan bends the stereotypes of boy-next-door and heroic love interest, being brave and courageous, but also socially awkward, babbling, and bubbly. He starts as a quiet boy with a pet frog whom Tevy stands up for, and turns into an awkward and sweet character who is immediately captivating. Their romance is sweet and innocent, making each other stronger and building each other up.
The side characters take turns playing an important role in Tevy and Dylan's journey. The relationships make up an important aspect in their development. Some of the characters have a more surprising role than others. Dylan's down-to-earth deputy father and his best friend, Ben, build upon his quirkiness, providing a source of humor with fun banter along with heartfelt moments. When Tevy returns home, she's forced into new roles, acting a certain way to please her aunt, and discovers that her best friend wants nothing to do with her. Even though she's returned home, she still feels alone until she bonds with Dylan who acts as her place of solace, allowing her to be herself. Lie to Me is a clever and funny, romantic and emotional read that takes serious themes of bullying and mental illness, blending in mythology and humor.