One Tiny LieAuthor: K.A. Tucker
Series: Book 2, Ten Tiny Breaths series
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: June 11th 2013 by Atria Books
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
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 that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits 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 that she knows.
*may contain minor spoilers*
I honestly don't know how to write this review without sounding inconsistent and fickle-minded. I am torn between liking this book and detesting it. While I must admit One Tiny Lie was written beautifully, I've been having a hard time being comfortable about its underlying themes.
All the while, I felt like it was trying to justify cheating and alcoholism. Live and Connor may not be official, but it was really obvious that they're together, so maybe respect and faithfulness were in order? Is it okay to mess around with your sort-of boyfriend's bestfriend just because you really felt that you two have a connection? I don't think so. And here I thought Livie was smart. I wholeheartedly agree with Livie's dad when he told her that “Boys do suck the brains out of smart girls.” And don't get me started on Ashton. He's a man whore and a jerk, enough said. Being broken doesn't give you an excuse to act like that, dude. If I have to pick a favorite character here, it would be Dr. Stayner.
I could feel dread sitting heavy in my stomach because I knew that when the truth comes out, it was going to be ugly. And boy, it did get ugly. I never hated Ashton more than I did at that particular moment, when he basically left Livie in his room with Connor to follow Dana. In my eyes, he was escaping and that was pretty cowardly. Thank goodness Livie FINALLY woke up and decided that she needed to get away from Ashton. And that was the best decision she ever made.
But well, despite all that, One Tiny Lie is okay, I guess. I liked Ten Tiny Breaths better, though. In fairness, this book has its own charisma and depth and I can see why a lot of people loved it. Colorful (albeit irritating) characters, witty and funny dialogue (c/o Kacey and Reagan) and good writing. Definitely worth a shot.
“Life has a funny way of creating its own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don’t allow you to operate in terms of black and white.”
“It takes a special kind of person to be able to sit back and wait for someone to die, especially when you can’t stop it from happening.”
“Boys do suck the brains out of smart girls.”