Friday, 27 February 2015

Review of One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back…

“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to keep this promise through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart.

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 to marry someday. 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 arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who 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.

I bought this when it was on offer at the end of last year shortly after falling in love with K.A. Tucker’s writing in her novel Burying Water. I started it pretty much as soon as I’d finished Ten Tiny Breaths.

One Tiny Lie is all about Livie (Kacey from Ten Tiny Breaths’ sister) and her life at college.
Livie is off to Princeton following the path she is sure her father would have wanted for her while trying to live up to Kacey’s expectations to party and meet guys and have a fun, all round college experience.

Livie is sensible, mature and wise beyond her years – almost to the point of being introverted – for an 18 year old. Her past saw her lose her parents and she had to witness her sister lose herself. Both of those things have really moulded per character and personality. I felt quite sorry for Livie in TTB because it was sort of as if she hadn’t been through enough losing her parents she had to live through the impact the accident had on Kacey too. It almost made me pity her a little until right near the end of TTB where she really holds her own and shows she can kick ass when she wants to. That side of Livie seems to have retreated in the beginning of this book.

Throughout the story I felt a palpable sense of feeling trapped and those vibes were rolling off of Livie. She is just as practiced in avoidance as her sister is although she is doing it to try and live her life the way her parents dreamt she would. The pressure she feels is palpable and keeps you on tenterhooks throughout.

In order to fulfil her college experience Livie does let loose sometimes and parties with her roommate and the boys from the college rowing team. Enter Ashton and Connor. The guy Livie wants to be with and just like everything else in her life the guy she feels everyone expects her to be with. I felt really sorry for her that she felt she couldn’t live her life the way she wanted, and with who she wanted.

The chemistry between Livie and Ashton is incredible. It’s felt vital and real, and it felt like Livie started to rely on their connection. Ashton is gorgeous and athletic and completely arrogant in a way that is such a turn on. He’s good looking and knows it but can get away with it because actually he’s a great guy. There was always something about him that while he threw almost his whole self into being friends with Livie there was something held back and restrained and a lot of that related to his family.

The story is fast paced and gripping and I was on the edge of my seat most of the way through waiting for everything that Livie was feeling inside to rip out of her. I loved this book and Ashton really won my heart. Definitely one to read after Ten Tiny Breaths!

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