One Tiny Lie: A Novel

Paperback | January 14, 2014

byK.A. Tucker

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In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…

Livie Cleary has always been Miss Perfect—but she soon learns that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and finding out who she really is might mean making some mistakes along the way.

“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to live up to this standard through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes; set herself up for medical school; and meet a good, respectable guy to someday marry. Her plan definitely does not include Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say “no” to; or Ashton, the arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually nonexistent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father, and, with it, the only identity she’s ever known.

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In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…Livie Cleary has always been Miss Perfect—but she soon learns that perfecti...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:147674047X

ISBN - 13:9781476740478

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed! Impressed, impressed, impressed. Seriously how did I not hear of this author sooner. Her character development was superb, her story lines intriguing, and moments into the psyche were captivating. The struggle with perfectionism and living up to others expectations hits a bit close to home for this reader but simply this was a well conceived book following up on characters introduced in Ten Tiny Breaths. This reader was impressed!
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good, Enjoyable Book I enjoyed this book about as much as Ten Tiny Breaths (the first in the series). It’s packed full with emotion, romance, and real-life elements. In the first book, we got to see a bit of what Livie was like when she was younger – how she was her sister’s rock, a loving person with a good head on her shoulders, etc. Jump ahead a few years and we have Livie going off to college and figuring out her own life in this book. She goes through a lot of new experiences and learns along the way, growing as a character throughout. Ashton, the love interest, is all kinds of messed up. He is the type of character that you will love and hate at the same time. He keeps his secrets to himself, so I won’t go and tell you them. I’ll let you read and find them out as Livie does. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed and the story is captivating. Like the first book, the romance bit had its messed up qualities. Like I said, you will hate the love interest at times and curse at Livie for doing things that she does. But it plays out well and I definitely wanted to keep reading to discover more. So why only 4 stars? Well, I mean the uniqueness is a bit lacking and nothing is done superbly. It’s just a good, enjoyable book.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Tiny Lie Im not sure if this book was just as great as the first or better, you be the judge. Again K.A Tucker brought out the charcters, you love and sympathise with them. This University story, I'm sure will bring you back to your college-University memories. If a book makes me think of it the next day, it's a book to read again. Enjoy
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved I was extremely excited to read through Livie's eyes but as soon as I started I realized maybe she's not going to be the responsible one. Maybe she's going to become a little like her sister and let loose. Boy I hate it when I'm right sometimes.. Livie was not what I thought she would be. She did everything I thought her character would do right. And I still kinda loved it only because I wasn't bored at all. I can imagine if someone is always being the good girl to have a rather boring life. And seeing Livie decide wrongly for everything she did? Downright entertaining and made for a great and entertaining NA read. You know everything will just blow up in her face. I kinda couldn't put this one down because the moment she meets Ashton you know he's going to be bad news. That maybe he wouldn't be a good influence on her. But in a way works because she supposedly hasn't done anything wrong. Even though Ashton is insanely annoying, he has reasons for his promiscuous nature and they're not exactly rainbows and sunshine. I think that's why it's an NA read. There's always something darker lurking behind their armour. I couldn't understand Livie and her reasons. She didn't have the guts to stand up to Conner and it could have prevented a whole lot of anything from happening. I did not like the cheating.. There was just so much cheating on each other..So very selfish of these characters to do. They didn't own up to anything until they hurt those people. That's the sad fate of cheating after all. One just doesn't care they're hurting someone and it feels good in the moment. But I knew I had to ignore it in order to enjoy it, so I did. I focused on their chemistry and they had a lot of it. I liked the slow burn romance. It felt fast but also pretty realistic. There's cheating, and all-around cliche relationship swooning, but I still liked it. The good girl becomes her opposite. What a way to go though. Especially with that ending. I recommend it if you can stomach the cheating aspect because the chemistry was on fire.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love this book keeps you wanting more and keeps you wanting to read more hard to put it down I can't wait to read the last two in the series I loved the first three now the last two is just as good
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching and Emotionally Riveting Romance "One Tiny Lie" by K.A. Tucker follows Livie Cleary from "Ten Tiny Breaths" as she enters her first year at Princeton determined to make her parents proud and become a pediatric doctor. Level-headed, and stable after the tragic accident that tore her sister's life apart, Livie's insistent that she's not suffering from a form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). But as part of Dr. Stayner's therapy to treat her awkward shyness Livie agrees to attend a party off campus with her sister. What she doesn't expect is to get drunk on Jell-O shots, to kiss and slap Ashton Henley, the good-looking captain of the men's rowing team who ends up naked the next day in her dorm room. Cocky and enigmatic Ashton makes it clear that he's not interested in a relationship with Livie even though he's jealous and persistent in pursuing her when she begins to see his friend and roommate Connor. As the two struggle to keep their distance not only does their passion flare but Livie learns that the notorious philanderer is hiding a dark secret that holds him hostage. Yearning to help him, to handle the emotional anxiety of average grades and her hypersensitivity when working with the sick children at a Children's Hospital, Livie begins to learn that life is all about choices. In this well-written, absorbing plot Livie Cleary discovers hard lessons through trial and error about following her heart, chasing her own dreams and forging her own identity. Like other novels in the series the narrative is starkly honest as two young adults shattered by tragedies from their past find each other and discover hope, healing and freedom through love and understanding. With clever ingenuity K.A. Tucker imprints the pain of Ashton's past and the threat to his future in the reader's mind with the tattoos on his body that not only hide his scars but are indicative of his desire for freedom. Similarly a drunk Livie has the words "Livie Girl" inked between her shoulder blades as a promise to make her parents proud by living up to their expectations. Wry humour and witty dialogue lighten the intensity of a plot which is emotionally-charged and powerful as Ashton and Livie grapple with the demons that could keep them a part. Like the plot the characters are fascinating with all their flaws and faults, especially Ashton Henley who's haunted by an abusive past and plagued by a controlling father. He hides his broken spirit behind arrogance, evasiveness, detachment and one-night stands. Inexperienced, naive and introverted Livie Cleary, the perfectionist who continually overanalyzes her problems struggles to emerge from her shell, and becomes more self-assured and daring when she admits to loving Ashton. After three years of therapy and basking in Trent's love Kacey Cleary's cool, confident, fiery, but sensible as she reaches out to the sister she loves. Reagan, Livie's roommate and bubbly friend is gregarious, wild and talkative; an overly exuberant personality. Dr. Staynor is the unorthodox, patient and persistent PTSD therapist who's generous and compassionate. Connor, Ashton's friend and roommate is good-natured, sexually non-aggressive or insistent; the perfect man that Livie wants but discards. He's charming, smart and considerate, but very self-oriented. All these characters and more add depth and power to this deeply touching story. Like all of K.A. Tucker's romance novels, I loved "One Tiny Lie" with its broken characters who discover healing and the freedom to love. I highly recommend it to all who love a touching contemporary romance and intend to read more by this talented writer.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF MY FAVORITE! This is one of my favorite books ever! This author is amazingl! 
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book was hard to put down,one of the best romance novels I've read in awhile
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One tiny lie Really a great read. Thanks
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One tiny lie A truly delightful book.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One tiny lie Brilliant. . Just like the first
Date published: 2013-11-02

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"K.A. Tucker is a mistress of words, stringing you along with just the right amount of gut-wrenching drama."