Extraordinary detail bring you in to solve the mystery, too.


Meet Sawyer Taft (16). All of her life, her family has been Sawyer and her not-so-responsible mother. They  live in a small apartment above a bar in a run-down town. Her life was quite simple, working as a mechanic to pay the bills and contending with grabby customers using unique threats. One night an older woman shows up on her doorstep with a tempting offer: all the money Sawyer could ever need for school in exchange for her time and work as a debutante. The woman is her grandmother, and in taking her up on the offer, Sawyer enters a world of drama, deception, and mystery. She is meeting all sorts of people as she searches for her real father.

There’s no telling what could happen if she makes the wrong move, so Sawyer must be careful. As the novel continues, Sawyer is caught between the lies and trickery of others and is given answers to questions she never thought she had. Her mother and two friends made a pregnancy pact, and the answer Sawyer is looking for is much harder to obtain that she originally anticipated. Will she ever find the true identity of her father and get to the bottom of all the mysteries surrounding his identity? Or will the lies and deceit take her down like they have so many others? 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
The synopsis is a little long, but there is so much going on it is hard to narrow it much more. All those details are the exact reason I love this book so much. The detail is truly extraordinary and the writing entraps you in the mystery so much that you almost feel as though you are trying to solve it along with Sawyer. I also adore the life and authenticity the author brings to the characters. This alone makes the book that much more entertaining and adds to the overall plot.

With every novel though, there is always room for improvement. I always enjoy a good cliffhanger, and there is a sequel (Deadly Little Scandals), but this book could have answered more questions and still left room for the next book. There so much left unanswered the novels feel a little incomplete. Another thing I did not enjoy was that while the characters are brought to life very well, parts of their backstory are left out. The squel goes more in depth on that aspect, but I would have enjoyed a few extra stories from each character's past.

Little White Lies is a truly impressive piece and I recommend it to anyone that loves a good mystery and can take the time to sit down and immerse themselves in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and feel  it would work well as a gift for anyone who is 13 and up, as it does include some more mature language and content.

 can easily assure anyone that is looking to find a good book that if you try this one, it will not be a waste of time and you may even find a new genre and author that you fancy. Find it at your library if you're not sure it's for you.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who like well-developed characters, lots of twists, and a unique mystery premise will enjoy this book.

Content Awareness Factors:

Characters use profanity, and the plot discusses teen pregnancy.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in a duology about a young girl trying to find out her mother's history and, by extension, her own.
Educational Themes:

This is a mystery to read for fun.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great novel and would make a great gift for a young adult mystery lover.

Title Little White Lies

Debutantes, Book 1 of 2

Author Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2018
ISBN 9781368014137
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Friendship, Mystery
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