Saturday, April 3, 2010

Little Black Lies

Little Black Lies
by Tish Cohen

Summary (via Goodreads):
Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope. As the new eleventh grader at Anton High – the most elite public school in the country – she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.

In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants.
And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.
With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.

I must say this is probably one of the best realistic fiction books I've read lately. I loved the story - the little lies Sara kept telling to fit in - and how things turned out in the end.

This book has a list of great issues in it - divorce, OCD, starting over, and honesty.

I can't blame Sara for wanting to fit in at the new ritzy school she is attending. Why admit your dad is the OCD janitor, when you can pretend he's a brain surgeon?

Although set in a school that is filled with upper class kids, I felt this book was very realistic. The characters were flawed or concealing a secret. The problems these kids had were ones most of us have had to deal with. I definitely recommend reading this book.

5/5 Roses

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  1. Great review! This book does sound interesting. I'll have to check it out :)

  2. Ooo - I don't read enough realistic fiction these days. Thanks for the review!

  3. :) Love your thoughts - I want to pick this one up, even more now! :)

  4. I wouldn't have looked too closely at this book, but you really piqued my interest! This sounds like a great realistic YA novel.

  5. I'm with Stephanie on this one; I probably wouldn't have looked into this one, but it does actually sound pretty good. :)

  6. I've heard very little about this book, but I'll definitely look into it now :D

  7. Kristen - thank you for the glowing review (and all the roses!). You have a terrific site here.

  8. Sounds like something I'd enjoy. Adding to TBR now.

  9. I enjoyed the realism of this book as well. I thought Cohen did a great job of writing a story with as many issues as it focused on with great clarity. Glad you enjoyed it as well.


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