Monday, October 26, 2009

Review of Little Black Lies

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
Publisher: Egmont USA (October 13, 2009)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Reading level: Young Adult
"Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope. As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity. In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing. With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down." 
Review: Little Black Lies was a wonderful read! It wasn't that hard to get into at all and by the time your halfway through with it, it's hard to put down! First off, I'd like to mention that one of the reasons I was drawn to this book because it takes places in Boston, one of my favorite places and it has to do with a private school -well, technically this school isn't one, but it might as well be. And Tish Cohen does this neat little thing with the chapters, she starts them all out with a quote about ants, which the students at Anton High calls themselves.
Sara Black never planned on lying, but soon one lie leads to another and pretty soon she's dug herself into a pretty deep hole that she's having a lot of trouble getting out of. What I liked about Sara is that even though she does get mixed up with some pretty snobby girls like CARLING, Isabella, and Sloane, she still had a good heart and at times I couldn't help but feel bad for her. I felt that the book was realistic and it was easy to see where she was coming from. In the end, there are consequences for everyone and I was glad to see Sara coming clean of all her lies.  
I  loved the relationship between Sara and her dad. I admired Sara's dad, Charlie, was always there for her (especially when her mother isn't.) I'm glad that this book talked a lot about what Charlie had go through with his OCD. I wasn't expecting Little Black Lies to talk about the seriousness of the disorder, but I'm glad it does!  Another thing that I really, really liked about the book is that it actually talks about the hard work that students actually get. I relate to Sara so much when she spent a lot of her time studying to maintain her grades. But, unlike Sara, I am no mathwhiz! The ending of the book was really good. I liked the bit of relationship that Sara has,  its a nice touch. 
Characters: 8/10pts
Originality: 6/10pts
Ending: 10/10pts
Writing: 9/10pts
Voice: 9/10pts
Plot: 6/10pts
Favorite characters: Noah- now I know he wasn't a huge character, but I really liked his personality. It was really genuine. Also Leo because he sweet and just an overall nice character! I liked that even though he was rich and all, he wasn't stuck up like some of the others. & Poppy was another character I liked. I liked that she was into filming and even though some of the characters found her weird, I could relate to her a lot.  
Cover: A+! The cover is soooo freakin' pretty.  
Overall: Enjoyable read! Can't wait to read more books by Tish Cohen! 
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Tish Cohen said...

Thank you, Bianca, for the lovely and thoughtful review! You have a terrific site here.

Nina said...

Thank you for your great review.
It does sounds very good and i do like the cover. :)

brizmus said...

All these books coming out about liars, and I have yet to read one of them. This one looks so awesome, though! What a great review!