downloadReviewed by Lindsay Yocum

Oh how I swooned over One Tiny Lie and all of the book’s characters! I seriously did not want it to end, and was slightly depressed when it did.

Is it possible to have a set plan for your entire life and career that you strive to achieve when you’re an adult? It is possible for Livie, the intelligent and very practical 18 year old we meet in this novel. She’s incredibly driven to become a Pediatric Oncologist and takes the correct steps to assure she achieves just that. Livie’s older sister (who I wish I could be friends with in real life) seems to think that Livie is too perfect, and has this notion that Livie is about to crack at any moment. They lost their parents in a car accident, and all they have is each other. While Kacey struggled afterwards and thrust herself into a hard partying life, Livie was busy achieving her goals, while watching after Kacey.

Kacey sets Livie up with an appointment with the psychiatrist that saved her life, Dr. Staynor. Reluctantly, Livie agrees to speak with him, but only to put whatever doubts her sister may have about her life behind her.

What Livie doesn’t realize is how much she stands to gain from speaking to Dr. Staynor. He was seriously amazing; I wish real life doctors were more like him. He gave Livie tasks to get her social life to bloom, instead of being cooped up all day studying. Livie acted on everything he requested so as to not let him down.

Her first night at Princeton, she goes to a welcoming Toga party with her sister. It sounded like a great party. After downing Jell-O shot after Jell-O shot, Livie loosens up her inhibitions. The party is also where she meets Ashton, the gorgeous captain of Princeton’s Heavyweight rowing team. He has bad news for Livie written all over him. After a crazy night at the Toga party, Livie does her best to forget him, and after a conversation afterwards with him, apparently he is doing the same. But can she ever get over him, even when she starts dating his best friend?

One Tiny Lie was such a twisted love story! It was so engaging that I was left practically begging for Livie to end up with the guy she really loved. This was a story of learning that it’s OK to love the impossible, and to really learn to let go of childhood dreams that don’t fit into your adult life. I can’t gush enough about this book–go check it out!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lindsay Yocum resides in California with her 5 year old firecracker daughter, Bear, and her hilarious husband. She spends her free time traveling, baking, ruining DIY crafts she finds on Pinterest, and running, when she isn’t nose deep in a book. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Atria Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.