Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
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.
This book blew the first book out of the water! I think I have a spiritual connect with Livie, I resonate with her as a character so very much. Her perfectionist mentality and coping with “letting other’s down” got straight under my skin and took up residency. I know her story all to well because it is one of my own and I too, cracked. Ashton is all the feels over and over again. I don’t know why but these two have taken up residency in my heart and I simply couldn’t put the book down.
This novel is the perfect coming of age novel, where you are truly entering your college years and your innocent, naive bubble called life is popped. There were so many moments where I was giggling and then K.A. Tucker would tug at my heartstrings all with a seamless transition. The flow of the novel was a perfect balance, and I got a dose of old and new secondary characters that I adore. The main one being Dr. Strayner, seriously…is he a real person because I want in.
Dr. Strayner is an out of the box, unique character and I truly love the light-hearted, tender aspect that K.A. Tucker treats therapy with. Not many authors can portray therapy in a positive light and many people don’t know that you don’t have to be on the brink of the end before getting help…sometimes people are ticking bombs and sometimes they aren’t even aware they might need help. A truly riveting novel that will be with me long after I close the pages.
…people face a day in their life that defines who they are, that shapes who they will become, that sets them on their path. He said that one day will either guide or haunt them until they take their last breath.