Thursday, October 22, 2009
Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.
As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.
In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants.
And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.
With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.
After hearing some mixed thoughts on this one, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Would I love it or hate it? Though, as it turns out, I ended up really enjoying Little Black Lies and I think you may also.
In Sara, Tish created a character that is complex and easy to relate to in the fact that she's dealing with fitting in along with peer pressure, the affects of her parents separation, the typical stress of school, and other teen problems. While I did like Sara, I had a bit of hard time accepting how she treated her father for most of the book. I mean I can understand that because of his OCD problem, she may have a hard time admitting/ dealing with it, but she could have done a lot of things differently then she did. Though, now that I think about this, maybe Tish is trying to show that while anyone can make mistakes, you have to make a bigger person out of yourself by learning from them which Sara had by the end. I also really enjoyed reading about Sara's neighbor, her best friend from back home, and the guy she liked whose names I can't remember currently.
The plot was also pretty great. Since it was basically a Gossip Girl like novel but instead of having drugs, sex, and swear words it switched all of them out with a far better thing: actual substance. One of my favorite parts was reading the little facts about Ants that related to Anton High students and seeing what it would be like going to a school as prestigious as Anton was. Also, it did have the tendency to throw in a random twist and turn at times that I also enjoyed.
Overall, Little Black Lies is yet another great novel by Egmont even with the few flaws it had, and I know for a fact that not only will I be reading more of Egmont novels, but Trish's too!
Little Black Lies is now out!
Much thanks goes to RS at Egmont for sending me this awesome book! :)