My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s rare for a book to make me feel so much and even rarer for one to leave me so invested in the characters that I find myself choking back tears with the turn of every page. One Tiny Lie, book two in the Ten Tiny Breaths series by K. A. Tucker, is one of these books. Tucker has an incredible talent for bringing to life characters that are broken, yet full of hope and so relatable that the reader can’t help but be consumed by the plot and it’s cast of characters.
Beginning with Ten Tiny Breaths, I recognized that Tucker wasn’t afraid of digging deep and tackling controversial issues. Without giving too much away, with TTB she introduces the reader to a group of dysfunctional, but lovable characters who are far from perfect and at times downright deceitful. But there’s not a moment that you don’t understand the characters’ motivation. Not only that, she kicks open a door I’ve never seen open regarding drunk driving that may make many angry, but will also, at a minimum, make you think.
One Tiny Lie’s heroine, Livie, is a main character from TTB that we catch up with a few years later. She’s starting college at her dream school, Princeton, and has everything mapped out for the perfect life she’s always envisioned and the one she promised to her father shortly before his death. She’s in New Jersey for less than a day before her perfect plan starts unraveling with the help of the gorgeous, but mysterious, Ashton.
These are two beautiful, smart, and, yes, broken young people that take the reader on a rollercoaster of a story as they learn that in order to truly live, and love, they must be honest with themselves, making choices that break ties to the past. Accepting that an expectation doesn’t equate to an absolute isn’t an easy thing for either Livie or Ashton, especially when that expectation-regardless of its positive or negative impact-is a safety net. When they take the leap minus the net, the whole world opens up for them.
One Tiny Lie is laden with supporting characters that the reader falls in love with as easily as you do with Livie and Ashton. Tucker captures the feel of the college social scene in an eerily familiar way right down to the tiny dorm rooms and raucous parties at the rowing team’s house. But the richness of this book, as with its predecessor, is Tucker’s talent for slowly peeling back the layers of her main characters until you reach their center and find out who they really are. That’s the moment that you realize that you’re holding a truly special book in your hand.