Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

June 8, 2014 Review 47 ★½

Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker by K.A. Tucker
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Publisher: Atria
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 279
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Just like with The Selection series, I find myself describing these as guilty pleasure reads. They have more than their fair share of tropes, cliches, and issues, but I still find them to be easy, entertaining reads. That said, I enjoyed this one less than Ten Tiny Breaths because it had more issues.

The very first line of the book is Livie’s older sister telling Livie she’s “completely fucked up.” The word “whore” is pretty much a staple in this book. It is used in a derogatory way around fifteen times, and half of them are variations of “man whore.” Chapter eight is even titled so. Quotes are from an ARC and need to be checked with the final version of the book.

“I’m sure he’ll have no trouble finding someone to…whore it up with.”

“Is he available? … But I guess a whore is always available, so it’s a moot point.”

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“…I murmur, silently relegating him to top spot on the man-whore totem pole.”

“I could tell him to stop. I could call him a male whore.
I could tell him that’s he’s making
me feel like a whore.”

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“Of all the whores you bring in and out of here…you had to turn her into one too.”

And when Livie is eavesdropping on two girls chatting about their exploits,
she says: “Sure thing, whore.”

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And so on. ONE TINY LIE is full of lines like these, and that’s what brought this book down so much for me. Well, that and the fact that Livie is basically stringing along two guys for the entire novel. One is of course, the Perfect Nice Guy (they really do always finish last in YA), and the stereotypical Bad Boy who toys with women. Spoiler alert, guess which one she picks.

This book is sort of a college coming of age for Livie, but it doesn’t really excuse her behavior or all the slut-shaming that goes on in this book even if it is “realistic.” There are plenty of other contemporary YA and adult books that can tackle a storyline like this better.

Rating Report
Overall: 1.5

47 Responses to “Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths (probably as close to having a guilty pleasure as I’ll get), but this… eh. I think I’ll stick with just TTB. Those quotes were already getting me irked; I don’t think I could handle an entire book written in that tone!
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    • Alise

      I can definitely back that up. If Livie didn’t really interest you and the quotes make you mad (like they do me) you aren’t missing out on anything by skipping this one. I plan on reading the third book in this series and if it is the same, I think I will bow out on these books.

    • Alise

      R i g h t? It was kind of unrealistic at how fast her personality changed too. Yeah, most likely, because there is slut shaming abound. Ooh, that’s nice to know, I’ll keep that in mind. Sure :)

    • Alise

      This one had such a different feel, I was really disappointed. Yeah :( Sure, Wendy! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    Ugh, ASKFJS|DNFNW. Seriously, you expect slut shaming in YA, it’s always there, and yeah, it’s still realistic and mostly comes out of the mouth of another girl. Because, you know, who ever needs female solidarity? And whoever says people are more mature in college than high school lied. YOU LIE. And why can’t the nice guy win for once? But hey, the characters sound like they deserve each other anyway.
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    • Alise

      “But hey, the characters sound like they deserve each other anyway.”
      *puts spotlight on this sentence*
      YES. You are exactly right, they really do. I was thinking about that too, it’s included to be “realistic” but wow, this one was just overflowing with all that talk.

  3. Rashika

    I GET YOUR REFERENCE *flails* THE FINISH LAST ONE (unless it wasn’t a reference and I am just seeing things).

    I was seriously cringing though when I read those quotes. That just seems so incredibly insensitive. Like STAPH. PLEASE. It’s not cool. And definitely not appreciated.

    I am really sorry this didn’t work out for you Alise :(
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    • Alise


      *has no idea what you are talking about*
      I made a reference and didn’t know xD Omg haha. You must tell me now! :P

      Right? Totally unnecessary. We get he fools around with girls, no need to call him man whore every two pages.

      Thanks :/

  4. Tanja

    I have read the first book in this series and it never ended up good in our relationship. I still haven’t got around learning how to love cliche stories. I’m sorry that this sequel wasn’t so good for you. It seems like painful read and that love triangle sounds bad. Great review!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I know what you mean. These are pretty simple romance stories that aren’t very original. It was so annoying! Thanks :)

    • Alise

      :D Haha, thank you! I know! To each is own, seriously. If the main character thinks he is a man whore, then she should just stay away from him. At the very least we wouldn’t have had to read her say whore every few pages then.

  5. Neysa Kristanti

    Aww too bad, even though this one sounds interesting. But whoa, seeing all the ‘whore’ and the cliche love triangle kinda make me think twice, though. Prooobably not.
    But thanks for the review, Alise!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

    • Alise

      I thought it would be a fun coming of age from the synopsis but it ended up being a frustrating read more than anything. Sure :)

  6. Maida

    Awww that really is too bad, Alise! I have yet to read TTB, and have heard great things about it, so I am not worried about that one, but this one leaves me worried now. Your review is hilarious though. LOL Plus, I loathe love triangles, so I don’t know how I’m going to deal with that in this. Sorry this didn’t work out for you, Alise. Great, honest review! :D

    P.S. Long time no see! Missed commenting on your reviews/posts! Its sooo good to be back! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Alise

      Yeah, no worries with Ten Tiny Breaths! It has a fraction of the issues this one did. I actually appreciate it more now. HA xD Thank you :3

      It’s really great to see you back!

    • Alise

      Definitely! I wish the word wasn’t thrown around so much. It was, especially if that’s not what you were expecting from the story at all :( I still have hope for the next book though so we shall see!

  7. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Oh gosh, I don’t like slut-shaming when it’s there for no purpose and this is really making me rethink whether I want to read this series.

    Thanks for the helpful review, Alise! <33

    • Alise

      Ten Tiny Breaths is a bit better if you wanted to give that one a go and see if you like it :)

      Sure, thanks for stopping by :D

    • Alise

      If you are really curious about the first I would say to read it, it’s much better than this one! (Although it still does have issues)

  8. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I had some issues with this one too. I thought Kasey was really self-centered in the first book, never thinking about what poor Livie was going through at all. Now that Livie is trying to go to college and start a new life, Kasey decides that Livie needs to “loosen up” — meaning sleep with a bunch of random guys.
    That said, I did like the third book in this series, Four Seconds to Lose, much more.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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    • Alise

      Yep! I really can’t believe how Livie’s “problems” translated into being too sexually uptight.. like, really? So disappointing. Hey, that’s great to know! I’ll definitely be trying that one.

  9. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I hate the trend that YA and NA books have going when they use those terms often and in those ways. It’s annoying and insulting. Books can be realistic without them having words like “whore” and “slut” splashed on every page. Nice review.

    P.S. I’m in love with your use of The Office gifs <3
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    • Alise

      I can not agree with you enough! I’ve yet to read a New Adult book that isn’t like that, which is really sad to me because that’s considered the “norm.”

      Thanks :D

    • Alise

      Me too, especially if it’s like this where it’s spit out SO much. There is some truth to that, because I did like Ten Tiny Breaths more than this one. There are things that I really like about her writing and others… not so much. Thanks :D

    • Alise

      It really was! I do hear the third kind of redeems the series but we shall see. Mine either. Right? I’m so tired of seeing the nice guy finish last.

    • Alise

      Thank you! I try to include quotes so people can decide for themselves rather than me just sort of telling you.

    • Alise

      I don’t either, I hate seeing that type of thing in books even more. The first book has language like this, but not near as bad. Thank you!

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