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One Tiny Lie was nothing like I expected it to be. I think it should have been called One Giant Clusterf*ck. There were parts I genuinely LOVED, parts I HATED, but overall, the book just really stressed me out. My anxiety level was through the roof. Just think of it like this- If Ten Tiny Breaths and Thoughtless had a love child, this would be it. I was so conflicted on how to rate this one... I spent two whole days thinking about it. I thought 4, then 3, then 5... I am going with 5 Stars Why you ask, when it was a giant clusterf*ck Well- the main issue I had with the book was (view spoiler)[The REPETITIVE CHEATING!!!! (hide spoiler)], and Thoughtless had the same thing going on. And in Thoughtless, the heroine was WAY more annoying, it got 5 stars, so yeah... thats my justification lol! I loved Livie, I LOVED Ash, and the writing was brilliant so a 5 star read for me! One of the main points of this story was that Livie doesn't have to be perfect, trust me, she wasn't! But I still loved her and this book! Now that you have read my mini-rant... On to the review!!!
Ten Tiny Breaths was one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was just fantastic. If you haven't read it, I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the main reasons I loved it so much was the main character's little sister, Livie.
"You're too perfect, Livie."
Livie is not so little anymore. She is getting ready to start her freshmen year at college, Princeton to be exact. Where she has always planned on going. Livie has every thing planned out. She is as close to perfect as they come. A straight 'A' student, never gets in trouble, doesn't drink, smoke, mess around with guys... she is on the straight and narrow. But all of that is about to change. And it's dr's orders. Dr. Stayner and Kacey both agree that Livie needs to loosen up, have some fun, find herself. She is just too perfect and she is about to crack.
"You are one of the kindest souls I've ever met, Livie. You respond to human heartache so acutely. It's like you absorb other's pain. Despite your extreme shyness, you will do just about anything not to fail. It's time to find out who you really are."
Her first night at Princeton changes everything. Kacey takes her, unwillingly, to a college party. She indulges with many jello shots, and she meets Ash.
"And he's pretty much the hottest guy at this school. And also a giant ass. And a bit of a man whore." I pretty much loved Ash from the start. He's a jerk, an ass, a man whore, and just perfect. Except for one little thing... he has a girlfriend. Livie finds out about that only after she spends the evening drunk and wild with him. She tries to avoid him at all costs, even meets someone else. Connor. Connor is a nice guy. Just the type of guy she SHOULD be dating, but there is something missing there. He's not Ashton. Ashton and Connor are best friends, things get complicated. The more time Livie spends with Ash, the more she learns about him. She see's the real him. At least the parts he will let her see. Ashton doesn't have the perfect easy going life he shows to the outside.
Ash wants Livie, but he needs to stay with his girl, for reasons you don't yet know. Let me just say, as much as I loved Ashton, he is the KING OF MIXED SIGNALS!!!! Tell someone to stay away from you, that she is better off with Connor, then you give her notes like this:
1- I'm brilliant
2- I'm charming
3- I'm hung like a thoroughbred
4- I've stopped all philandering
5- I'm highly skilled, as you've learned the other night
P.S. Stop staring at my hands. I know what you want me to do with them.
Confusing, right Livie wants to end it with Connor, she wants to be with Ash, but its complicated. Ashton has reasons for the things that he does. Reasons for pushing Livie away. If he could be with her, he would.
Life's all about trial and error.
My biggest issue with the book, and I'm sure many would agree: (view spoiler)[ Ash and Livie hooked up so much in this book, and she never broke it off with Connor. I mean WTF!!! That is just not cool! I understand why Ash is with his girl, I guess- but there was no reason to drag Connor along. She should have broken up with him long before she was messing around with Ash, and especially before she SLEPT WITH ASH, with Connor just downstairs!!! Really lady Okay- end of rant for now ;D (hide spoiler)]
It's undeniable that Ashton and Livie have something special. She sees a part of him that no one else does, and he shows her that its okay to not be perfect. But with all the complications, will this One Tiny Lie make everything around them crumble
"Irish, if there's one thing I've never been able to forget, it's a single second with you."
I laughed, I cried, I was stressed out to the MAX. It was great catching up with the old crew. Kacey, Trent, Storm, Dr. Stayner. Livie wasn't perfect, but I think that was THE POINT of the book. It's okay to make mistakes, screw up, change your mind. Life goes on. And you all know I fell in love with Ashton. Come on, the boy is damaged, and he is a jerk, with a side of man whore. What is not to love I am glad we got to the bottom of what was going on with him, it made me feel better. Enjoyed the ending.
K.A. Tucker's writing is marvelous. This woman has a way with words. If you enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths, and you don't mind some crazy angst, a love triangle, with a side of anxiety, check this one out! If you can't handle any of the above, it may not be for you. With all that said, it wasn't perfect, the main characters were flawed, but THAT'S THE POINT! I still loved it and it gets 5 stars from this reader!!!!!
*ARC provided by Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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.
Expand text… “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 âno’ 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.