Little White Lies (Debutantes, Book One) (Hardcover)


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Sawyer Taft is a mechanic with a GED who essentially grew up in a bar and developed a fascination with medieval torture devices at an early age. In other words, the farthest thing from debutante society imaginable. But when her grandmother shows up out of the blue and offers her $500,000 and a chance to discover who her father is, she agrees to enter the world her mother ran away from when she became pregnant with Sawyer almost two decades ago. Sawyer soon finds herself uncovering a few more (metaphorical and literal) skeletons than she initially bargained for and is drawn into a twisted mystery involving blackmail, kidnapping, and several breaking and entering attempts. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has created a heroine with charm, gritt, and sass outshined only by her fierce intelligence. Everything about this book will leave you wanting more!

— From Kinsey's Picks

Description


"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 biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

About the Author


Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. A former debutante herself, Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Praise For…


"Full of gossiping, conniving, and back-stabbing, this breezy read is... heavy on made-for-film debutante antics."—Publishers Weekly

"A witty romp of a mystery with a heroine to root for. Little White Lies brings the intrigue and fun of Gossip Girl to the world of debutante balls (bless their hearts!)."—Brittany Cavallaro, author of A Study in Charlotte

"With page-turning tension, witty humor, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Little White Lies is Barnes at her best."—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times best-selling author

"The fast-paced narrative will have readers wanting to keep reading until the end. Anyone who loves a mystery with characters they can relate to facing whatever challenging situations may arise will enjoy this book."—School Library Connection

"The literary equivalent of an all-out brawl at a debutante ball. Initially surprising, often hilarious, always entertaining... Packed with tantalizing mysteries... Just enough romance to keep things interesting."—Hypable.com

"Little White Lies is a comedy of manners and a blackmail thriller tied together in a perfect silk bow. A plot twist every twenty pages and characters as devious as they are southern-belle glamorous--Barnes is at her page-turning best."—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud

"Barnes'... immersive world of Southern debs hides a darkness beneath the white-gloved veneer of civility. Sawyer's smart narrative, along with plenty of biting social commentary, will keep readers turning the pages."—Kirkus Reviews

"A delightfully twisty blend of scheming debutantes, clever dialogue, and high-society secrets that will keep you guessing until the very last page."—Katie McGee, New York Times best-selling author of The Thousandth Floor

"Leave it to Jennifer Lynn Barnes to write a book that features two of my favorite things: Big Dresses, and even Bigger Secrets. Funny, twisty, and sharp, Little White Lies is a ball from start to finish."—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of Royals

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"Fans of the nonstop intrigue of the Pretty Little Liars series will devour this glamorous, family-focused mystery that's led by a whip-smart, tough-as-nails heroine."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781368014137
ISBN-10: 1368014135
Publisher: Freeform
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Debutantes