Book Review: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little White Lies  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Genre:  YA southern family mystery Synopsis:   Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft ...

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: YA southern family mystery

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.

Content/Trigger Warnings: Arsony, bullying, blackmail, car accident, absent parent

Overall rating:  ★★★★☆

I don’t know if it’s just the similarities in the name or what, but Little White Lies definitely gave me major YA Big Little Lies vibes. There’s a group of uppity folks and a more “wrong side of the tracks” outsider, something happened but you don’t know what, there are snippets between the chapters that include conversations with the cops. It’s all very similar.

I’m southern but not the uppity southern that includes cotillions and pageantry. But I really enjoyed seeing some snippets from the “other side,” and wished that the story had more focus on the events happening. This is very much a character driven story, and while setting certainly has its place in the book, it’s not the most important piece of the book.

I did struggle with the relationships a bit, particularly the parenting skills of Sawyer’s mom - like, if she loves her daughter so much, why would she run off for two months and not know where her daughter is? But I also have a hard time believing that Sawyer would so seamlessly integrate into this new world and form such tight knit relationships with the other girls so quickly.

All that being said, I enjoyed the story and was quickly immersed into it. I read it quickly and was very interested to know what happened next. Overall, Little White Lies was a fun and thrilling story that I ultimately enjoyed.

*I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.

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