One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
|March 4, 2014||Posted by Andrea Scott under Fiction, Romance, Young Adult|
One Tiny Lie is a very well written novel which really grabs your attention right from the start. The story follows a pretty typical plot line. Good girl meets bad boy and really likes him. But instead she dates a good boy that she likes less. Both guys turn out to be roommates and the usual love-triangle conflict ensues.
K.A. Tucker is a good writer. The story flowed very well and kept my interest despite the fact that I have not been a college-aged girl for more than 20 years. However, I am not sure how I feel about the story itself. Livie is portrayed as such a good girl in the beginning of the book and it’s hard to believe that a “good girl” would make the choices she did. I know that many students rebel in college but it seemed to me like the author was trying a bit too hard to portray Livie as the opposite of the goody two shoes she used to be.
After I finished the book I realized that “One Tiny Lie” is actually the second book in a series. The first book (titled Ten Tiny Breaths) introduces Livie and her sister Kacey, and recounts the death of their parents in an accident and the dramatic effect it had on the sisters. One Tiny Lie works as a stand-alone novel. There are references to the previous book but not to the point of being detrimental. There is enough necessary background information for those who have not read the book without being too repetitive for those who have.
The entire time I was reading this novel I was trying to determine the significance of the title. I kept waiting for the “lie” to be revealed. I never felt that the story was about one tiny lie at all. Livie had made a promise to her Dad to “make him proud” before he died and I felt the book was really about her struggle to keep that promise. I think a better title for the book could have been “One Tiny Promise”. Every synopsis of this book talks about this promise and Livie’s struggle to make her Dad proud but also to be true to herself. I would love to ask the author about the meaning of the book’s title.
K.A. Tucker’s book One Tiny Lie is categorized as “New Adult” fiction. I assume this a category between young adult and regular adult fiction. This novel has mature themes and quite a bit of sexual content which makes it more appropriate for an age group of 17-25. I’d recommend this book to college aged girls and to slightly older women (like myself) who enjoy reading young adult fiction.
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