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How ‘Inform Me Lies’ on Hulu Differs from the Book

For anybody who’s ever had a poisonous, just-can’t-quit-you kind of relationship with a loved one, the brand-new Hulu program Inform Me Lies may feel a little too familiar. Executive produced by Emma Roberts and based upon the addicting book by Carola Lovering, the series presents us to Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten), a twentysomething female on her method to her college pal’s engagement celebration—just to discover her biggest-deal ex, Stephen DeMarco (Jackson James White), likewise in participation. The series then flashes back to Lucy’s very first year of college and continues to reveal us precisely how Lucy and Stephen got included—and what their relationship eventually expense, not just the 2 of them however everybody else in their orbit.

In the manner in which the story carefully tracks Lucy’s time at Baird College and the development of her relationship with Stephen, the Hulu series stays essentially devoted to its source product. From the very first scene, however, it’s clear that showrunner Meaghan Oppenheimer isn’t scared to make a couple of departures from Lovering’s book. So what tweaks were made in adapting Inform Me Lies for the little screen? Thankful you asked.

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Spoilers for both the book and series of Inform Me Lies follow.

Setting: In the book, Lucy and Stephen have actually moved from the surrounding Long Island towns of Cold Harbor and Bayville (respectively) to participate in Baird College in warm Southern California. In the series, Lucy and Stephen are both still Long Islanders—however Baird College has actually been transferred to New york city State. It’s tough to inform precisely where the college lies, however offered the characters’ semi-regular jaunts into New York City, we’d need to think it disappears than an hour or more north of the city.

Lucy’s relationship with food: We gain from practically the very first page of the book that Lucy copes with a quite extreme eating condition, which she’s been dealing with it for rather a long time. Throughout the unique, Lovering pulls no punches in explaining the degree to which Lucy’s fixation with food forms her life. In the series, nevertheless, little to no reference is made from Lucy’s relationship to food. In truth, this appears to be a total nonissue for her.

Household matters: In the unique, Lucy originates from a rich household in Cold Harbor, Long Island, and matured surrounded by preppy teenage tennis gamers with their sights set on Ivy League colleges. Her daddy is well-to-do, whereas her mom, CJ, originates from a less remarkable background and is really purchased her identity as an abundant male’s partner. In the series, Lucy comes from the exact same wealthy neighborhood, however her own household’s situations are a little less grand. CJ is a working mommy, and Lucy—who, in the book, took tennis lessons throughout an essential high school summertime—hasn’t invested much time courtside. The majority of considerably, her daddy, who died a number of years back, was an army veterinarian—not rather the high-flying monetary expert he remains in the book.

Episodic Modifications

While the big-picture modifications are considerable, the distinctions get a lot more noticable as you view the specific episodes. Here’s what each setup does in a different way from the book.

Episode 1

A lot takes place in the very first episode: Lucy settles in at school, where she fulfills her future besties and her brand-new roomie—Macy Campbell. Lucy and Macy rapidly bond with Pippa and Bree, who reside in the space throughout the hall, and Pippa welcomes the ladies to a junior-year celebration at her friend-with-benefits Wrigley’s home. There, Lucy fulfills Stephen—who appears to intrigue and alienate her in equivalent step—along with Diana, whom Lucy does n’t yet know is Stephen’s on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend. Within days, the excitement of the new school year comes crashing to a halt—literally—when Macy dies in a car accident while driving home from an off-campus party.

  • Bree getting married: In the book, Lucy is heading to Bree’s wedding (and plus-ones aren’t allowed unless engaged or married, so she’s flying solo). In the show, Lucy is on her way to Bree’s engagement party—and she leaves her boyfriend home on purpose, telling him it’s not a big enough deal for him to come, then lying to her friends at the party by saying that he was held up because of work.
  • Rearranged roommates: In the book, Lucy shows up at Baird haunted by the death of a high school friend named Macy Peterson. Once there, she quickly forms a bond with her roommate, Jackie, who’s also from Long Island. In the first episode of the series, though, Lucy shows up to her dorm room to meet her new roommate—Macy Campbell. By the end of the episode, Macy dies just as she did in the book, making the trauma of her death a much fresher experience for Lucy than it was in the novel.
  • Stephen’s mom: Stephen has a fraught relationship with his parents in both the book and the series. In the novel, that’s because his mom was severely mentally ill, and he has n’t seen her since his dad—who’s still hung up on her—divorced her when Stephen was a teenager. In the series, Stephen’s mom is still a difficult woman, but it’s his dad who’s no longer in the picture: he tells Lucy that his dad left them when he was little, leaving his mom to raise him and his two siblings by herself.
  • Wrigley’s brother: Wrigley is largely the same as he was in the book—warm, friendly, a little too into coke—but a prominent new addition is the addition of Drew, Wrigley’s little brother, who is also a freshman at Baird. (Wrigley makes no mention of any siblings in the novel.) Drew seems to hit it off with Bree, but that ends after he ghosts her following Macy’s death. Speaking of which, it becomes clear by the close of the episode that he knows more about the accident than he initially let on…
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Macy (Lily McInerny) and Lucy (Grace Van Patten) share a moment in the dining hall.

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Episode 2

At the beginning of the episode, Drew tells Wrigley and Stephen exactly what he knows about Macy’s death—and Stephen advises him to keep it a secret. Meanwhile, Stephen and Lucy grow closer.

  • Drew’s involvement: In tears, Drew admits that he was at an off-campus party the night Macy died, left to make an alcohol run—and swerved to avoid an oncoming car that appeared to come out of nowhere. The other car crashed, and Drew fled the scene without calling for help, only discovering later that the driver who crashed was Macy. This marks a significant departure from the book, in which Macy’s death took place while she and Lucy were still in high school, and Stephen was the only other person at Baird who ever knew her—let alone was affected by her death.
  • Princess Diana: In the book, Lucy never really interacts with Diana, Stephen’s on-and-off ex. In the second episode, however, she attends a fundraiser thrown by Diana’s sorority, where she’s dismayed to learn that Diana is actually a genuinely sweet and kind person.
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Alicia Crowder as Diana.

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Episode 3

The secret of Drew’s involvement in Macy’s death starts to reach new people. Meanwhile, Stephen and Lucy are getting hot and heavy, but Stephen does not want to be monogamous with her. (Probably because he’s secretly still trying to get back with Diana, though Lucy doesn’t understand that.) He encourages her to see other people—and she decides to take him up on it. At house, Stephen is going through his old photos… including several naked pictures he took of Macy. Dun, dun, dun!

  • Wrigley’s strength: We learn in this episode that Wrigley has a serious learning disability, but he apparently hasn’t told anyone in his life about it and is extremely reluctant to ask for testing accommodations. Just when it seems a failed midterm may force him off the football team, the sports-obsessed alumni association arranges for him to receive academic support in private.
  • The bartender: While out getting drinks in town with Bree, Lucy meets a bartender named Max, who turns out to be the bar owner’s son. Bree heads back to campus, but Lucy stays behind—and winds up spending the night with Max, who doesn’t appear in the book at all.
  • The truth gets out: After trying to make each other jealous at a celebration, Pippa and Wrigley get into a fight that only gets further complicated by Drew. When Drew drunkenly blurts out some cryptic comments in front of Pippa, Wrigley chases after her and tells her about where Drew was the night Macy died. Though Wrigley and Pippa ultimately make up and decide to date exclusively, she admits to him that she wishes he’d never told her.
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Spencer House as Wrigley (left) and Benjamin Wadsworth as Drew (right).

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This story will be updated.

Keely Weiss is a writer and filmmaker. She has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Virginia and has a cat called after Perry Mason.

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