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Little White Lies (Debutantes #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Debutantes series.

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This is one of those outsider trying to fit in kind of books which works. I and probably most non-Southerners have no interest in Southern debs or the gauntlet of activities they do to "come out," which seems like a 9-month-long group Jewish princesses' bat mitzvah, but the true-to-life voices and novel story treatment (short-term flashbacks from 9 months to 1 hour and 18 minutes earlier) teased my interest. Eighteen-year-old Sawyer grew up with only her immature but loving single mother and friendly neighbors in a rough, poor town, Smart, beautiful, determined, but with limited opportunities, Sawyer continues working hard and hoping for a break. Along comes her grandmother who offers Sawyer not only a chance at college, but opportunity to mingle among the society "a mere forty-five minutes ... and roughly three and a half worlds away," and discovering who her biological father is among those Squires with whom her mother made her debut. We and Sawyer don't know what to expect, but certainly we get more than what we anticipated, as each flashback and current "bless your heart" moment reveals more and more confusion and then, clarity,  secrets and turned tables. We find ourselves caring about Sawyer and her fellow debs -- cousin Lily, shy dancing Sadie-Grace, affable Boone, "she-devil" Campbell and her brother Walker who broke up with Lily and didn't go to college, and interested in all that they do, officially part of the debutante season and not.

— Carolyn Chin

This is one of those outsider trying to fit in kind of books which works. I and probably most non-Southerners have no interest in Southern debs or the gauntlet of activities they do to "come out," which seems like a 9-month-long group Jewish princesses' bat mitzvah, but the true-to-life voices and novel story treatment (short-term flashbacks from 9 months to 1 hour and 18 minutes earlier) teased my interest. Eighteen-year-old Sawyer grew up with only her immature but loving single mother and friendly neighbors in a rough, poor town.  Smart, beautiful, determined, but with limited opportunities, Sawyer continues working hard and hoping for a break. Along comes her grandmother who offers Sawyer not only a chance at college, but opportunity to mingle among the society "a mere forth-five minutes ... and roughly three and a half worlds away," and discovering who her biological father is among those Squires with whom her mother made her debut. We and Sawyer don't know what to expect, but certainly we get more than what we anticipated, as each flashback and current "bless your heart" moment reveals more and more confusion and then, clarity, secrets and turned tables. We find ourselves caring about Sawyer and her fellow debs -- cousin Lily, shy dancing Sadie-Grace, affable Boone, "she-devil" Campbell and her brother Walker who broke up with Lily and didn't go to college, and we're interested in all that they do, officially part of the debutante season and not.

— From Carolyn's Reading for You

Description


Scandal, scheming, and secrets abound in #1 bestselling author Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s Little White Lies, packed with “page-turning tension, witty humor” (Jennifer L. Armentrout), and “characters as devious as they are southern-belle glamorous (E. Lockhart).

"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family is not the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

About the Author


Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Inheritance Games, Little White Lies, Deadly Little Scandals, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood, and the e-novella, Twelve. Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Praise For…


"Barnes'... immersive world of Southern debs hides a darkness beneath the white-gloved veneer of civility. Sawyer's smart narrative, along with plenty of biting social commentary, will keep readers turning the pages."—Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the nonstop intrigue of the Pretty Little Liars series will devour this glamorous, family-focused mystery that's led by a whip-smart, tough-as-nails heroine."—Booklist

"The fast-paced narrative will have readers wanting to keep reading until the end. Anyone who loves a mystery with characters they can relate to facing whatever challenging situations may arise will enjoy this book."—School Library Connection

"A delightfully twisty blend of scheming debutantes, clever dialogue, and high-society secrets that will keep you guessing until the very last page."—Katie McGee, New York Times best-selling author of The Thousandth Floor

"Little White Lies is a comedy of manners and a blackmail thriller tied together in a perfect silk bow. A plot twist every twenty pages and characters as devious as they are southern-belle glamorous--Barnes is at her page-turning best."—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud

"A witty romp of a mystery with a heroine to root for. Little White Lies brings the intrigue and fun of Gossip Girl to the world of debutante balls (bless their hearts!)."—Brittany Cavallaro, author of A Study in Charlotte

"Full of gossiping, conniving, and back-stabbing, this breezy read is... heavy on made-for-film debutante antics."—Publishers Weekly

"With page-turning tension, witty humor, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Little White Lies is Barnes at her best."—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times best-selling author

"Leave it to Jennifer Lynn Barnes to write a book that features two of my favorite things: Big Dresses, and even Bigger Secrets. Funny, twisty, and sharp, Little White Lies is a ball from start to finish."—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of Royals

"The literary equivalent of an all-out brawl at a debutante ball. Initially surprising, often hilarious, always entertaining... Packed with tantalizing mysteries... Just enough romance to keep things interesting."—Hypable.com

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781368014137
ISBN-10: 1368014135
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Debutantes