Title: Little White Lies (Debutantes #1)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Publisher: Freeform Books
Release Date: November 6, 2018
“‘To success,’ Campbell said finally. ‘And to unholy alliances.’
‘To friendship,’ Sadie-Grace corrected. She glanced at Campbell. ‘Or something vaguely friendship-like.’”
I think fun is my buzz word for books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. Because Little White Lies was so much fun and I had a blast reading it. We follow Sawyer Taft as she decides to live with her estranged grandmother and participate in debutante season in exchange for a six-figure contract and hoping to find out her father’s identity Sawyer accepts. Sawyer soon befriends a group of debutantes with secrets and drama of their own. Little White Lies is a fish out of waters story with family at its heart.
Things I Liked
So the prologue was perfect and set the tone for the story. I was immediately captivated and drawn to this misfit group of girls who are snarky, honest, and real. I either love a prologue or think it’s unnessary and this one really worked for me.
Sawyer Taft is a certified badass snarker and I loved her. I love her weird and varied history of obsessing over random topics and collecting knowledge and skills from virtually every topic under the sun.
The dual timeline worked so well. I loved seeing where the characters started and ended up and how their personal journeys unfold. The flashforward kept me engaged in the stories progression and just had this super dramatic feeling that worked.
I laughed so many times during this story. It was just entertaining and funny without trying too hard. It wasn’t even specific jokes necessarily, just the environment of the story and the drama and hijinks.
Things I Didn’t Like
I feel like most of the characters were kinda one-dimensional and it made it harder for me to really connect. So it was more of a quick, surface read instead of something that will really stick with me. But I honestly didn’t mind all that much because as I said, this was so much fun.
The overall mystery of the story was pretty weak. It was just really drawn out and unravelled at such a slow pace that I mostly didn’t care about the reveal. The developing friendship between Sawyer, Lily ,Sadie-Grace and Campbell was much more interesting to me.
I don’t know how many times I can say I had a great time reading this without losing all meaning to the worlds, but this books was just the perfect blend of drama, snark, and heart. I always love fish out of water stories and through in social politics, class etiquette, and underhanded pettiness and you’ve got yourself a good time. Little White Lies is a perfect book pick-me-up that will leave you smiling.