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Title:
Little white lies
Title:
Little white lies
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Freeform Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group, [2018]
Physical Description:
390 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Abstract:
Eighteen-year-old Sawyer accepts her estranged grandmother's bribe to live with her for a year, participate in the debutante season and ball, and possibly meet the father she has never known.

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Summary

Summary

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realises that immersing herself in her grandmother's 'society' might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life - her father's identity - she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart.


Author Notes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Naturals series: The Naturals , Killer Instinct , All In , Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve . A former debutante herself, Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Eighteen-year-old Sawyer-a car mechanic and daughter of a single mom in the South-is offered a deal she cannot refuse: her estranged maternal grandmother, Lillian, a wealthy socialite, will give Sawyer half a million dollars if she agrees to live with her for one year and become a debutante. Sawyer accepts in the hope of discovering her father's identity within her grandmother's social strata, and she is soon wooing attractive young men at society events and befriending her cousin, Lily. Lily has plenty of secrets of her own-secrets that help unspool the mystery at this novel's center, having to do with a missing girl and a scandalous blogger. Time jumps between chapters and blog post interstitials may create confusion at the story's start, but after the structure smooths out, the momentum picks up, as do the secrets. Though Barnes (The Fixer) paints Sawyer as an outsider, and the young woman constantly protests the moneyed world into which she is dropped, the ease of her assimilation saps tension-she seems born for this life. Full of gossiping, conniving, and back-stabbing, this breezy read is light on mystery and heavy on made-for-film debutante antics. Ages 12-up. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Sawyer Taft is used to hard work: at 18, she spends her time fixing cars, looking out for her less-than-reliable bartender mom, and verbally dressing down the guys who think a female mechanic is asking to be hit on. But then her estranged grandmother Lillian unexpectedly shows up and offers Sawyer a job of a different kind. If Sawyer agrees to enter society as a debutante, Lillian is prepared to offer her a six-figure trust, more than enough to comfortably fund college. If that's not incentive enough, Sawyer's mom has always been tight-lipped about Sawyer's dad, but Sawyer knows he's someone from her mom's high-society days, and she's hungry for clues. But the life of a debutante isn't just fancy parties and pretty dresses, and Sawyer soon gets swept up in a mystery that involves her mom's past and her own future, and it could be darker than she ever suspected. Fans of the nonstop intrigue of the Pretty Little Liars series will devour this glamorous, family-focused mystery that's led by a whip-smart, tough-as-nails heroine.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist