Book Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

One Tiny Lie
Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Author: K.A. Tucker
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: June 11th 2013
Review Source: Purchased

In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…

“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 was really excited to start this book. I really enjoyed reading the first one and I couldn’t wait to read this one. Not sure if it was my high expectations, but I just couldn’t click with the main characters. None the less, K.A. Tucker is an amazing writer.

One Tiny Lie is about the story of Live Cleary, Kacey’s sister from Ten Tiny Breaths. She is the young sister that her parents were taken away at a car accident. Not only did she experience losing them but she had to fear losing her sister as well. Livie had to grow up at such young age.

Livie is trying to follow the path her parents would approve of. She becomes the “perfect” child. Chasing her parents’ dreams, Livie heads off to Princeton.

Taking the advice of her therapy, Kacey takes Livie to a party. This is the night Livie meets Jell-O shots thief, Ashton. The next day, Livie wakes up naked along with Mr. Jell-O shot thief. Livie doesn’t remember the night at all but Ashton does and is willing to forget. Hurt from his words, she tries to move on and this is when she meets Conner. Later on, Livie finds out Conner is best friends with Ashton. Livie is stuck in a triangle love – Ashton, the manwhore everyone wants or Conner, the perfect guy her parents would approve of. What path is she willing to take - her parents or her own?

The story goes back and forth with Livie doubting herself. She is stuck with feelings toward Ashton, but she doesn’t believe her parents would approve of him. Ashton is no help, with his mood swings, making Livie more confuse. Livie believes Connor is guy her parents would approve of. I really didn’t enjoy this love triangle. Livie really didn’t have feelings for Conner. She was just conflicted; she was trying to follow the path of her parents. I don’t think the “love triangle” was well structure. Not sure, I just didn’t like it, at all.

Over all, I found the book well written. No one is perfect, no matter how hard you try. Livie had to learn her own way to realize this. I was expecting more angst. However, One Tiny Lie left me satisfied to continue reading the next book of the series.

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