Lies We Tell Ourselves by Amy Matayo
| This book is intense! I found myself alternately loving and hating it.
Micah and Presley have always been there for each other. Their friendship began as two young kids who had nobody but each other. Abused and made to feel worthless by their parents, they stuck together.
Micah is determined to not hurt Presley by loving her.
And he thinks he can keep himself from being hurt by not letting her see deep down inside himself.
Presley has put up with Micah’s quirks and is not sure how much more she can handle.They both have so many lies in their lives–lies they believe because they’ve been so ingrained.
I hated seeing the choices they were making, and could relate in so many ways because these lies are the kind that many of us believe about ourselves.
The author keeps this story line intense the entire way through the book. Emotional roller coaster here- we come! It was a hard book to read because I wanted to see them make good choices, and then something else (unexpected) would happen, and I’d be ready to stop reading just so that I wouldn’t have to experience that pain!
This might be considered edgy Christian fiction, there are no sex scenes, but there are mentions of sex. Also contains mention of alcoholism and child abuse.
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Presley Waterman is a rescuer: of animals, of businesses, of people. Like the stray cat she’s allergic to, but continues to care for. Like her small-town newspaper, a business that’s been dying a slow death for the better part of a decade. And like Micah. Her best friend and the man she has loved since they were kids, back when no one else cared.
As for him…
Micah Leven loves Presley. She’s the girl who’s always been there to help, the one who knows all the ugly things about him and makes him believe he can be a better man, the one who will never leave because she’s promised over and over.
But he also loves Mara.
Mara is his ideal. She’s the dream he conjured up as a boy and never wavered from. She’s beautiful, ambitious, driven, a fellow newscaster at his Atlanta station, and the perfect asset for the life he’s always wanted. Together, they could conquer the world and their respective careers. Even better, with Mara he could prove that he did—in fact—finally amount to something. Maybe then his father would be proud.
There are just a few things Presley and Micah have both forgotten. One, just because you rescue someone doesn’t mean they’ll love you for it. Two, some dreams disappear when reality wakes you up. Three, the only way to silence lies is to face the truth head-on.
This is the story of the man torn between two existences, the woman who finally took the choice away from him, and what happens when you stop listening to lies once and for all.
Even if the biggest liar is you.