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Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen

October 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

(This book caught my interest when I saw it mentioned on J. Kaye’s Book Blog)

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: EgmontUSA

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

This story starts off a little slow but eventually picked up as Sara finds herself falling deeper and deeper into her web of lies.  This book portrays well the pressure teenagers face when wanting to fit and the lengths they will sometimes go to be a part of the “in crowd”.   When you first meet Sara she seems like a brat who is ashamed of her dad’s job and his OCD tendencies but as you get to know more about her life, how her dad’s OCD problems have affected her and what her mother is really like you begin to get some insight into why she feels the intense need to fit in.  Another unique aspect of this school to me is the emphasis on the students intellect.  In Anton High how smart you are is a big deal and a lot of the students actions are molded based on the pressures to succeed in life.  The romance with Leo at the end seems a little random as they never seem to really get to know one another before falling for each other.  Still I think young adult girls will enjoy this book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I’m skipping reading your review of this as I just started reading my ARC last night :) I’ll likely come back to comment on the actual story later!

  2. Sara (The Hiding Spot)

    I didn’t really love this book when I started it, but it really grew on my by the end. I wish there was a bit more Leo though…

  3. dsuzuki

    Michelle-I’ll be interested to hear what you think!
    Sara-I agree. It would have been great to see more of Leo and Sara interacting. I didn’t really see the romance between the two that seemed to form basically from a couple interactions.

  4. Stephanie

    This sounds like a good one. I like the fact that the author gives you glimpses of her home life, helping you understand why this character is so desperate to project a certain image of herself.

  5. dsuzuki

    Yes, Tish did a good job there. Otherwise it would have been to feel any sympathy towards Sara.

  6. Melanie

    I’ve been seeing quite a few reviews of this lately, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. It sounds a bit different.

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