Title : One Tiny Lie
Author : K. A. Tucker
First published in : 2014
Genre : New Adult
Edition : Atria Books
Pages : 309
Status : read from 06/30/19 to 07/04/19
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Synopsis : « Make me proud. » These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to live up to this standard through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience – and her heart.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes; set herself up for medical school; and meet a good, respectable guy to someday marry. Her plan definitely does not include Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say « no » to; or Ashton, the arrogant – and extremely attractive – captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually nonexistent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father, and, with it, the only identity she’s ever known.
Review : If you read my last review, you already know that I enjoyed reading Ten Tiny Breaths, the first book of K. A. Tucker’s series. I liked discovering Kacey and Livie’s stories and I wanted to learn more about these two lovely characters and their friends. Before starting One Tiny Lie, I didn’t know which character would be the main one. I’m really glad we follow Livie in this second book, as she was only introduced in some chapters in Ten Tiny Breaths and I was convinced that she could be an interesting character to write and read about. It was right, Livie has a lot to deal with, between the death of her parents several years ago, her sister’s therapy and recovery, and her promise to her dad to never disappoint him. At only eighteen years old, she has to face her new life in Princeton and unexpected choices and discoveries which will change her plans and her vision of future.
Even if some aspects of the story are predictable, One Tiny Lie is a really good novel. I appreciated the fact that we find back the characters from the first book, Ten Tiny Breaths, but also that new ones are introduced to the readers, like Connor, Ashton, Ty, Grant or Reagan. These students give more deepness to the plot, as they have some secrets to hide and they play an important role in the evolution of Livie. We not only follow Livie searching for her own personality and her own path, we also take a look at serious themes, once again, like destiny, physical and moral violences or mental illnesses for instance.
As for K. A. Tucker’s writing, I still like her style. This is fluid, pleasant and reliable to reality. We can easily identify ourselves to her characters and the situations she describes throughout her novels. This second book is as good as I hoped before I started it. I will definitely continue this series with the third book right now! And as for you, I highly recommend you to give K. A. Tucker’s novels a try, you won’t regret it! These books are perfect reads for Summer.