Rating: 4 stars
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.
Little Black Lies was a light read that a wide range of teens will enjoyable. It’s a well written book that is 100% believable. That was one reason I enjoyed it so much, there was never a moment where you were thinking, “That’d never happen.”
Each chapter opens with a random fact about ants, which comes from Anton students referring to themselves as “ants”. I thought that was so unique! Tish Cohen created a main character you can sympathize for and also connect with, but I found myself frustrated at Sara at times. One lie would build into another, and she was a character that had nothing but great things for her. Though I do understand her struggle to balance school and family life. The other characters really grow on you as the novel goes on. There were a few characters I was not crazy about in the beginning, but were my favorites by the end.
I loved the underlying romance throughout the entire novel. I would have liked to see a little more of it, as I fell in love with the boy and would’ve liked to know a bit more about him. I liked the involvement of OCD with Sara’s father. It really makes you understand how living with someone with ODC can affect your life. Little Black Lies ends with an ending to make you go “Awww”
Little Black Lies was a novel I really enjoyed reading, and should Tish Cohen decide to continue Sara and the other characters story, it’d be a book I’d be first in line to buy.