I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
on November 6, 2018
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"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.
Book Review: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This book is a YA contemporary with a unique premise and there is no romance which is a breathe of fresh air.
Sawyer a girl born in the wrong side of the tracks was a swooped in to come back and live with her grandmother while she undergoes debutante season as she signed a 500k contract. However the story shifts from there as there are mysteries and lies that need to be resolved.
What mysteries you may asked?
- Who is Sawyer Tafts father? She spends most of the book following the breadcrumbs her mom left her with a photo from her sister’s debutante season. She gets a few paternity tests and a few clues but we don’t know until the end who was Sawyer’s father.
- What happened a few months prior that left a club worker in a coma? Why does Campbell need an alibi? Why Walker dropped out of school and broke up with Lilly?
We spent a bulk of the book unraveling the mystery. It was a bit Nancy Drew-esque.
What I wish we had was more debutante season events. We had a few but it seems like we jumped months without events. I wished we dived deeper into them.
My favorite character was Sadie Grace. She was so sweet. I loved that she broke out in ballet poses when she got nervous. I wished we had more of her.
The ending left with more questions than answers. I hope that there is a second book in the series.
My feels: if you are looking for a fun YA contemporary with no romance but a bit of mystery then pick this book up. It’s a great read.