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.
One Tiny Lie is fine as a standalone, enough backstory is given so the reader is not lost. I would suggest reading Ten Tiny Breaths to enhance reading experience.
The plot was flawed but….I won’t be overly critical. I do believe Livie must find herself and make her own choices, mistakes and all. She has been the ultimate people pleaser while trying not to tarnish expectations and promises to deceased parents. She needs to find her direction and purpose without guilt. Trying to be perfect isn’t going to bring her parents back, and lightening the load she carries will only contribute to her growth. Livie sets out to find her course in life, trying all the fun things she has shunned, albeit she is heavily encouraged to find her inner wild woman by Kacey and Dr Stayner.
“I just want to make sure you’re making your choices and setting your goals for you and not to please others.”
Livie is adorable and seeing her turn over a new leaf is hysterical and a breath of fresh air. No doubt this girl needs to have fun and ease up on the pressure she places upon herself. I can see Kacey encouraging her sister to loosen up but I found the entire Dr Stayner premise implausible. Ashton – swoon, and when we learn his issues…WOW!! Connor, rather narcissistic and blind to Livie and ignorant in fostering a romantic relationship. Not a fan of love triangles but the contrast these two gents brought to the narrative added fun and plausibility.
“I’m saying that it’s time for you to find out who you really are.”
I’m happy we finally witnessed Livie living life and examining her hearts desire and wants. She is a wonderful person deserving of her own happiness. Regardless of her choices, she should be proud of her accomplishments and realize her parents are far from disappointed. Great overall message on finding your authentic self, although the tactics are sketchy. No doubt this read will appeal to the masses.
“I think your parents helped create that plan and you are holding on to it for dear life as a way of holding on to them.” He pauses, and then his voice grows soft. “And I think it’s stifling your growth as your own person.”