The Lie by Chad Kultgen is a novel told from the first person perspective of the three main characters in alternating chapters. Kyle is “the good kid” – serious about his studies, plans on becoming a doctor, looking for the right woman to settle down with. His best friend, Brett, comes from one of the wealthiest families in Texas.
The two have been friends since childhood, largely because Kyle is the only person Brett has ever met who didn’t care about his money. The total opposite of his friend, Brett is a misogynist of the highest order, with his main goal in life to fuck as many women as possible, in the most degrading ways he can. Heather is a vapid, materialistic sorority girl whose big plans in life include marrying well and never having to work a day in her life.
Kyle meets Heather at the beginning of their freshman year in college. He falls head over heels in love with her; she falls head over heels in love with his friendship with Brett. She starts dating Kyle in the hopes that, after hanging around Brett, she can transition to him and eventually marry him. Along the way, she finds herself falling for Kyle – mainly because he is a good lay. Brett, of course, finds his friend’s blind devotion disgusting. His disgust is well founded when, during a frat party, Brett witness Heather giving a blow job to a random frat guy.
Kyle and Heather break up. Kyle is devastated; Heather moves on to her next potential husband. A Roofie-fueled gang-bang makes Heather see how good she had it with Kyle. Kyle, still desperately in love, breaks up with his better-than-perfect girlfriend to go back to Heather. The two get very serious, and by the end of junior year, Kyle proposes to Heather.