Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
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 that she’s going to someday marry. 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 gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to 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.
One simple lie becomes a string of webs that eventually it will undo itself. As much as you’d like to think that it seemed secure and solid at the time; even the smallest lie can ruin whatever you have going for yourself. In fact, the many lies we have that are hidden only alters what is really up ahead. One Tiny Lie—a story about a girl who had always planned her life and a boy who didn’t. Only to discover what they really wanted was nothing of what it was supposed to be plan.
Livie wanted to be successful. She was this smart and driven woman who had a long list of goals that she wanted to complete. She was mature for her age—didn’t waste her time on things that really didn’t matter to her. All of this was the result of her suffering a horrendous tragedy in her family. The famous line that ever parent says, “You’re growing too fast.” Well she took that as her golden rule.
Her sister’s shrink had some better ideas for her to pursuit. She didn’t understand why her sister believe it was necessary to think this was right for her to speak to someone. In fact, she really didn’t think anything was wrong with her. So she follows the shrink’s idea in “having fun” to prove him wrong which led to a disastrous night out.
In walks in Ashton. The womanizer. The man that seems to make every (or most) women fall for his tricks. He and Livie became an item that night only to regret it the next day. Ashton could forget about it easily while she was mortified. The best part was that during her “forgetting Ashton” period, she stumbles upon a beautiful Irish boy name Connor. To her surprised, the world is VERY small.
It’s funny how most of the time we could have someone perfect and genuinely the kindest person you ever met be in your life, yet something is missing. That was her problem. As she built these feelings for Connor, she was thinking of Ashton. Why is he pushing her away? Why does he not have the same feelings for her or anything towards her? Why was he so good at shutting her down? There is undoubtedly this constant flirting between that even I desired; however, it’s when I discover the “why” that literally made all the lies become undone.
The triangle that became of these characters was settle yet empowering. There love, as much as each of them fought, somehow one came out stronger than the other. When the truth finally became real, the emotions that I had from the story were authentic. The writing and the description of the story that Tucker has accomplished was truly remarkable. She persuades your emotions into believing these individuals are real. The problems are real. The choices they had made are real. No word of a doubt! Some of the scenes in this book were completely a thrown off to me. I didn’t expect it at all. At halfway point, I was utterly intoxicated with the lust that Ash and Livie had.
K.A. Tucker has always been one of my favourite writers. I truly enjoy her books and how raw she makes them be. That was why when I saw part two of the series, I needed to let my heart dig in and hope it can be patched at the end (it didn’t). The ending didn’t leave any cliff-hanger or dilemmas, and it didn’t feel like a needed for continuation. It was utterly crafted perfectly.