Little White Lies (Debutantes #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little White Lies (Debutantes #1)

"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."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 realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the big...

Details Little White Lies (Debutantes #1)

TitleLittle White Lies (Debutantes #1)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Little White Lies (Debutantes #1)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    While this was a fun read, it could have easily been shaved down by 25%. The bloated nature gave it a feeling of dragging on, and I think the story could have benefitted from being a bit shorter to give it more of a taut feeling. That said, I adored Sawyer and her journey while being thrown into a world that makes her feel uncomfortable and a little bit like an outcast. This definitely felt like a standalone version of Pretty Little Liars, but mu...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This is totally like Gilmore Girls meets Gossip Girl! I sat on this review for a few months because my thoughts were all over the place... I had SO much fun with most of this book, but really can't deny that I was seriously underwhelmed by the end and kind of stopped caring. I think the main issue is that the story focused more on the mystery than the characters, but the stakes were nowhere near high enough to be taken so seriously. The "scandals...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Definitely one of my favorites not only from this author but for the year as well! Full review to come closer to release date.*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW:4.5 Stars! became a huge Jennifer Lynn Barnes fan after reading her Naturals series and then even more so after her Fixer series so it was with little hesitation that I accepted a copy of her latest book. I knew that if anyone could blow me away with a good mystery in the YA genre, it would be her and...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Mini review:DNF I received this E-ARC via Disney Hyperion and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one off the many authors whose works' I have been trying to get into. Partly because of the heroine in The Fixer. I have come to accept that this isn't an author for me.What intrigued me was the synopsis. A mystery whilst taking place during a debutante? Sign me up! The beginning was interesting if a tab bit cringy. Th...
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  • Dianne
    My rating: 4.5 Stars!The twenty-first century still has debutante balls? Do they still make white gloves? For $500,000, street-savvy Sawyer is about to find out about more than which fork to use when her long-lost grandmother, matriarch of a wealthy southern family makes her an offer she cannot refuse. Then again, Sawyer isn’t one to back down from a challenge, ever. Besides, it will give her the golden opportunity to find out who her father re...
  • Joy Novel Thoughts
    What a fun and exciting read! I was highly entertained and I never wanted the story to end!!Sawyer Taft's story was riveting and complex, but also an easy read with so many twists and turns that you never knew what would really be happening next! All of the girls in this group of debutantes had their own secrets, which thickened the plot even more.I personally love the idea of debutantes and I love a good murder mystery, even though Little White ...
  • Lisa
    I think this book was about 100 pages too long. What starts off as an intriguing mystery devolved into a slightly less interesting family drama. I love this author, so I hoped to love this one, but I think her Naturals series is stronger.
  • Trianna
    3.5/5I think my main problem with this story is that the characters are not super developed and the focus is on the plot. I tend to prefer character driven novels and wish we got to see more devolvement from these characters; they all seemed to have promise. But, since I did not have an emotional attachment to the characters, the stakes and the risks they undertake did not have me on the edge of my seat. There is a dual timeline thing going on. T...
  • Madison
    I would usually steer away from books about Debutante balls and the drama that might accompany such events, but Little White Lies is written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, so instead it became one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. And it did not disappoint. Only Barnes could create such a setting and accompany it with breathless tension and mystery, expertly combined with humour and good old insult-laden compliments. Sawyer Taft has never known who...
  • Michelle
    Pub date: Nov 2018I love Ms. Barnes YA mysteries and this one is even better with awesome main character Sawyer Taft! Her deadpan humor and take no BS attitude while having to navigate her newly found Southern high society family is fun and addicting. While the mystery of her father’s identity is the driving force, the challenge of finding out what a fellow evil debutant is doing is just as interesting. Ahhhh- but what a cliffhanger! I’m conv...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Little White Lies was a pleasant surprise for me.  I found it hard to put down and times.Sawyer lives with her mom who is hardly ever around.  But she makes do on her own.  Her mom got pregnant with her when she was a teenager and kicked out of her house.  Sawyer doesn't know much about her mom's past.  She knows that her family had money.  Her dad is someone that her mom won't tell her about.One day,  her grandmother, Lillian, shows up wi...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Little White Lies ended up being so much more fun than I expected! I imagined this would be more like The Selection, all fluff and idiotic behavior without any real substance. And it sort of started out like that, but then ended up being far more exciting (and unexpectedly wholesome) than I prepared for.The biggest draws for me were the female friendships. I thought it was going to be catty one upping each other, but that quickly faded into a fun...
  • Alicia
    I liked Sawyer as a character, an eighteen year old mechanic who has learned to do everything on her own because her mother was a teenaged mom not interested in truly caring for and loving her daughter. They've lived together and handled their business while she flits to jobs and men. Then enter grandma, who Sawyer has never known, there to make a deal. Sign a contract that guarantees plenty of money for life and college on the condition that she...
  • Beth Bryden-miller
    Am I angry enough at the ending that I won't read the next book? Or am I curious enough about how Barnes will start the sequel to pick it up? Precise writing, decent character building (many characters and I can keep them apart in my mind), format improves the book with its flashback and increasing timeline. Not a huge fan of making the characters, especially Sawyer, good at all the things. Some convenient plot jumps.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    I tried to read The Naturals but I thought it was okay. I didn't really fell in love with the story especially its characters. I also tried to read The Fixer but it also wasn't for me. I don't know why it's still in my tbr. I suppose I wanted to give it another chance. Then one day, I was on netgalley and I found this title. The premise seemed interesting so I thought it would be a great opportunity to read this one. Maybe, just maybe, I might ac...
  • Lost in Book Land
    I was super fortunate to get an ebook ARC copy of Little White Lies recently and I really enjoyed the story. This was a book that I saw before the cover came out and I was purely drawn in by the story idea. Then they announced the cover and I fell even more in love and I knew I needed to read it ASAP. The cover is drop dead gorgeous. If you have not seen it take a look at it on this page!SPOILERS AHEADNow before I jump in I do not want to give to...
  • Shoshana G
    This book ends in the middle of a sentence. One of the reasons I slowed down on reading YA, my preferred genre for most of my twenties, is that I got sick of books that didn't tell a complete story. Don't get me wrong, I love a good series or trilogy, but each book should resolve something, even if it sets up what is coming next. A lot of things were set up, but I don't actually think much was resolved.The structure also didn't work for me. There...
  • Lissa Hawley
    I adore Jennifer Lynn Barnes books. A little bit more twisty than my usual genre (I am not a Pretty Little Liars watcher, but I can see why those who are would love this book) but the writing and characters are so compelling. I get an air of Buffy or Veronica Mars from Sawyer without her being anything like either. (In a good way.)The Southern sassiness is evident and deftly intertwined in the story without being overblown. The romance takes a bi...
  • Megan Alabaugh
    Eighteen year old Sawyer is fiercely independent, but when the grandmother she never know makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she finds herself at the mercy of rules of a society debutante. All Sawyer wants is to finally learn the identity of her father and get her college money. Instead, she is drawn into to dark, secret world of the wealthy. Blackmail, backstabbing, and spa days are par for the course in the debutante world. Little White Lie...
  • Suzanne Kowalski
    Three and a half stars. Basically this is a Southern debutante Gossip Girl mystery that is a fun read if you are ready to suspend disbelief and are fine with flashbacks, inconsistencies, and implausible situations. This book reminds me more of The Squad series and is less like her recent series The Naturals and The Fixer, which I prefer. I would much rather read another Fixer novel than the next one in this series.
  • Jamie
    I received an ARC at Book Expo.I really enjoyed this book. Sawyer is raised alone by her mother, until at 18 she is approached by her grandmother. Her grandmother will pay for her college if she participates in the debutante season. Sawyer is thrown into a world she doesn't know, with family she has never met, and a mystery at every turn.This book kept me turning pages. I'd definitely recommend it.
  • Lauren R.
    So good! This was equal parts mystery-lite and family drama, which worked perfectly for me. There were scenes from the present mixed in with the earlier progression of events, which definitely kept me invested in seeing how they got there when the timelines caught up. I love Barnes’s writing; it’s easy and addicting. I’m really curious to see where this goes next in book two!
  • Cambear
    Compulsive, twisty mystery/thriller with a snarky narratorFun and twisty page-turner about a girl suddenly sucked into the viper pit of debutant season. There’s lots of fun with Sawyer’s snarky look at high society, but there’s a lot of heart as she tries to figure out this family she’s meeting for the first time. Add in some colorful characters and lots of layers to the mystery, it’s a slick, escapist binge read.Thanks to the publisher...
  • Michele
    super enjoyable southern belle YA mystery thriller with great characters and fun situations. very much enjoyed it. it does kind of end on the note of prepping for a sequel but i'm currently unsure if there will be a sequel.
  • Max Baker
    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewJennifer Lynn Barnes is sort of a "will they-won't they" type author for me. She's got a great mind for thrillers but this is only the second book I've read from her. Her first The Naturalists was okay. I liked it, but I found it considerably lacking in both the overall characterization and the romance. But, I'm happy to report that Little White Lies is an abs...
  • Elisha
    LITTLE WHITE LIES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a novel mashup of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars set in the world of Southern belles and debutantes. The book kicks off when eighteen-year-old Sawyer Taft is propositioned by her very wealthy and estranged grandmother to come live with her for a year in exchange for half a million dollars. Sawyer, who’s been surviving paycheck to paycheck, agrees, especially when she realizes this could be her o...
  • Sascha
    4 1/2 starsI am such a sucker for precocious teenagers who are smart, irreverent, and know how to manipulate the system. Sawyer Taft, the heroine, in Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Little White Lies is just such a teenager.Little White Lies introduces Sawyer, a very likable character, who agrees to terms given to her by her very appropriate grandmother so that she can discover who her father is. Along the way, however, she stumbles upon scandals even la...
  • Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading
    ** Thank you to NetGalley and to Freeform for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review** Drama, debutantes, estranged families, scandals, oh my! Plot Little White Lies is about an 18-year-old girl named Sawyer. Sawyer has lived her whole life in a small town with a flighty mother. In all honesty, Sawyer is the parent in her relationship with her mom. Her mom had her when she was only 17 years old--and it seems her mother is stuck acti...
  • Lisa Mandina
    This is my first book by this author, other than a short story she had in the anthology called Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions. I don't remember which story was hers, however. Anyway, this story was presented to me as a mix of Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars gone Southern. I'm not a reader or watcher of either of those, but I understand the general gist of what they are about. The synopsis was intriguing for sure. And when I picked it up,...