My rating: 4 stars

One Tiny Lie focuses on Livie, the youngest Cleary sister. If you’ve read the first book in this series, Ten Tiny Breaths, you’ll recognize her, but you don’t need to read it before starting this one (although I do recommend it). Livie is starting college at Princeton, and she has everything figured out, or so she thinks.

Her sister’s therapist sends her on a mission of trying to enjoy life more and experience new things, which she does. She ends up getting drunk and meeting a guy named Ashton who is hot but also very cocky and apparently a jerk. A few days later, she meets Connor, a sweet guy who is just like what she always imagined, but who doesn’t interest her the same way Ashton does.

Overall, I loved reading this and I couldn’t put the book down. It was very fun, and I had to take a few breaks while reading to giggle because I was so into the story. I think it was better than the first book in the series, maybe because Livie felt more likable to me.

I also loved Ashton, he was probably my favorite character in the whole book. Although he does some wrong things, in the end, everything got explained and it was hard not to like him.

My favorite thing about this series is the fact that it doesn’t sugarcoat emotional or mental issues, and it never claims that just because you’re in love and in a relationship with the right person, all your problems will magically vanish. In fact, in both books, the characters recognized that they weren’t well and ready to be in a relationship with someone, and so they started getting medical help before finally being able to be together in a healthy relationship.

On the other side, there were also some things I didn’t like. My biggest issue was all the slut shaming that happened throughout the book. Livie thought of girls as “sluts” because they were talking about hooking up with the guy she liked, and she also called Ashton a “whore”. In Ashton’s case, what he was doing wasn’t the right thing at all, but I still don’t like to see people being categorized based solely on their sexual history.

Also, I didn’t find very realistic the fact that after drinking for the first time and getting really drunk, Livie started drinking every day like it was nothing. Maybe that’s just me, but I don’t think someone would get used to alcohol that quickly.

With that being said, I still enjoyed this book immensely, and I will definitely read the rest of the series. If you like Romance or New Adult books, this is a great choice for you!

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