Every time I go through a reading lull, I pick up a YA novel. They’re quick and easy distractions from everyday life and tend to be intense page-turners. Little White Lies by Katie Dale is everything a YA novel should be. It has suspense and romance equal to The Hunger Games, Wild Girls, and even We Were Liars. It’s fun, stunningly intense, and an overall enjoyable read. I read the last 250 pages in one afternoon, flipping furiously because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.
When Lou meets Christian she knows that he’s hiding something, but for some reason she can’t build up the gull to call him out on it. In spite of her own lies and deceit she falls in love with this hair-dyed, blue-eyed mystery man. Not realizing how dangerous his secrets are, Lou finds herself in compromising situations. As the lies (from both Lou and Christian) pile on, Lou finds it difficult to keep up. Her tangled web of lies forces her to make a tough decision between her family, the man she loves, and the truth.
“I don’t want to be me anymore. I’m out of my depth and now I don’t know what to think, what to believe, what to feel. I don’t know what the truth is, what I want the truth to be…” (page 234)
What I love about Little White Lies is that although it is pure entertainment, it has meaning. It is a well thought out story and it plays on the idea that everything is connected. It understands that fate exists even if it needs a helping-hand. It delves into the heart of wearing masks, keeping secrets, and doing the right thing no matter the cost. It questions the meaning of a lie and begs to ask if telling a white lie is okay. It pulls apart the very fabric of truth and reminds the reader that just because lying is easier, that doesn’t mean it will make things better.
Little White Lies gets five stars from me and would recommend it to any YA lover or anyone who needs a great book to get them back into their reading groove!
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Little White Lies from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review.