But for now, Tyler has more pressing matters to worry about. He realizes that over the years, Pa—who always said honesty and trust were so important—has fooled him and can never be trusted again. With this bitter realization, the father-son story unfolds. Tyler’s other relationships—with his half–Native American sister, with the school bully, and with his other friends—are also tested by his conflict with his father.
Dealing with issues of trust and coming of age, You Lied to Me, Pa touches on the enduring themes of single parenting and nontraditional families. It shows that family love goes far beyond the concept of blood ties.