Review: Little White Lies by Katie Dale

Little White LiesSource: Random House Kids – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: –
Edition: Hardcover, 384 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Suspense
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3.5/5

Fans of Pretty Little Liars will be ensnared in this tale of deceit. Christian is hiding terrible secrets from his girlfriend, Lou. But Lou has told lies as well. What if their accidental meeting wasn’t an accident?

The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But Christian is hiding a terrible secret. Why does he clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? When Christian’s house goes up in flames, his tires are slashed, and he flees for his life, Lou insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger?

But Christian isn’t the only one keeping secrets. For what if their accidental meeting was no accident at all?

Little White Lies is a story about the relationship of Lou and Christian, who are hiding their pasts from each other. It’s a story riddled with lies and situations that force you to think about just how flawed the justice system can truly be at times. Little White Lies pulls you in with it’s half truths and sets you on a path that will have you just as unsure (if not more so) as Lou about the real truth.

Louise, is in a new city with a new name and struggling to make a new life while going to college. She meets Christian and despite a rocky start they seem to click. They have chemistry but the fact that they won’t open up about their pasts is making things difficult, but even as a few secrets come out you discover there are so many more. I can’t say I liked Lou (or the other characters) very much. They were very realistic and I was hooked to their story but as people I can’t say I cared too much for them. They make rash decisions and jump to conclusions, they are ruled by emotions…and in that aspect they are perfectly painted teens. Their conversations felt very realistic, and unlike other contemporaries where there is a ton of inner dialogue this book actually includes the off-handed chatter between friends. It does add depth to the characters overall, though I don’t think it’s my preferred style of writing.

The plot of this one felt like a juxtaposition to me. So much of it was felt real, but then other smaller sections practically dripped with drama. It did make it a much quicker and exciting read though. There are a few moments of intense action, but overall the pacing of the writing is deliberate giving you plenty of time to stew over the lies and cover ups pertaining to Lou and Christian.

Overall I really enjoyed this, even though it’s not my favorite type of read. It has a well written plot, great characters, and puts some attention on the flaws of the justice system. I certainly agree with the blurb and think that fans of Pretty Little Liars will enjoy this.

3.5 stars

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