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Little White Lies

(Debutantes #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,555 ratings  ·  1,021 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Freeform
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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 much more tame and age appropriate for the younger s ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
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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. The first chapter did genuinely creep me out. The gr
LITTLE WHITE LIES has everything I've come to expect from Barnes: an intelligent and fierce lead character that you can't help but root for; a tightly woven plot; amazing side characters; and secrets upon secrets UPON secrets.

Suffice to say, LITTLE WHITE LIES was nothing short of simply brilliant.

Barnes has done it yet again! It's clear that she excels at mysteries and thrillers and this new novel just further cements it. She not only weaves together an intriguing mystery, but adds enough scanda
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favorites not only from this author but for the year as well! Full review to come closer to release date.

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 I wasn't wrong at all.

Sometimes you can pick up
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sawyer is a sassy, no nonsense kind of girl who, through a deal with her grandmother, is thrown into the glittering world of high society as a debutante. I picked up Little White Lies expecting an okay read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes exceeded my expectations by delivering a mystery with a side of revenge and blackmail, sprinkled with a bit of humor from time to time. I enjoyed this book a lot. It lacked the over descriptive scenes of violence that I have grown use to in a lot of mysteries I have read ...more
h o l l i s
My love for this book has definitely been helped by a string of disappointing and/or boring reads but that's not why I loved it. It just gave it a bit of a boost, is all.

I'm a big fan of Barnes' writing, catch me in the corner forever mourning the fact that we only got two books in her Fixer series, but. But. If not for that fact, maybe this book, and series, wouldn't exist. And that would be a crying shame.

This story follows Sawyer, raised by her single flighty mother, who has never known her f
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this one a whim from Amazon. I had seen it floating around goodreads, but don't remember if I read many reviews for it. Maybe it was part of the giveaways? *shrugs* Thought maybe one of my friends had read it but nope.. someone I follow does so most likely it was from her.. but aah well.

This one kept surprising me. When I thought I had a piece figured out, it would twist itself and become something different. A couple times, that got turned on its head too.

I go with the flow most times
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm on a Jennifer Lynn Barnes roller-coaster that only goes up ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
[3.5/5 stars] Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favorite writers for her intelligent, almost interactive writing style. She’s an author I trust to take me on a wild ride and keep me guessing the entire way. Little White Lies had all of those great components (even if it was a little more lighthearted than I’m used to reading from her) topped off with some good old southern charm… and snark.

I have to say, the story took a while to get going. I never read more than the first one or two sentences o
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I am a sucker for anything with debutantes, so I was all over this book when I saw the synopsis.

I loved Sawyer. She’s sassy and sarcastic and it was a blast being in her head while all of this unfolded. There’s quite a group of characters here and even though I loved all of the girls, I think Boone stole every scene he was in and I could easily read a million pages of him and Sadie-Grace.

Plot wise, it was captivating. I loved the “present” scenes intermingled with with “past” scenes. It was a
Jen Ryland
Fun and fast paced. Loved the "fish out of water" premise and the emphasis on family and friendship over romance.

Plot in a nutshell: Wayward daughter of a fancy Southern family gets pregnant as a teenager and years later, her own teen daughter, a mechanic and bar employee, gets bribed by her grandmother to re-enter the family as a deb. Hilarious makeover scenes ensue.

My only negative is that I thought the pacing felt off. Things moved at a leisurely (Southern? lol) pace for some time and then t
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
4 stars

I *love* this author so I could not pass up her latest book. It did not disappoint! I enjoyed the characters, the scandal, the one-liners, the zingers, and the banter. Well done, Barnes.


Full review can be found here:

This book was far more fun than should be allowed. It was witty, snarky, with just enough who-dun-it to be wickedly entertaining.

Short recap: Sawyer Taft has never been close to her mother’s family. Everything about that changes
Susan's Reviews
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Sawyer is a feisty "anti-Debutante". The internal dialogue is often hilarious, but this probably should have been two books (i.e., the Dreaded Serial!). The shifting time lines messed me up a bit, and the ending was a bit- odd - what with the twist within the twist. I got the impression that the author might have changed the ending so that it wouldn't be so predictable? But I could be very wrong, there. Actually, I suspect that this is a part of a series, hence the cliffhangers with Nick and a f ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG. That was a rollercoaster from page 1.
What I believe, is that you should go into this book without knowing anything except what the back of the book says. Also, to just go with the punches, because everything will make semi-sense in the end.

I loved the characters, even the ones that were'nt likeable, I love to hate them. Every character goes through character development, even if they're not a big part, they still grow throughout the book.
Sawyer is a badass and I love her. Lilian(the gran
Eighteen years old Sawyer Taft and her mother barely get by. Sawyer loves her mom, but too often her mother flakes out, leaving Sawyer to be the adult. So when her estranged grandmother offers her a half million dollars to move in with her so Sawyer can be presented as a debutante, she agrees. What she doesn't expect is to find a connection to a family she's never known, especially a cousin who will join her as a debutante, along with two of her friends.
The story begins with the girls in jail. W
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 her father is - her mother refused to speak of hi
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 stars
“‘To success,’ Campbell said finally. ‘And to unholy alliances.’
‘To friendship,’ Sadie-Grace corrected. She glanced at Campbell. ‘Or something vaguely friendship-like.’”

I think fun is my buzz word for books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. Because Little White Lies was so much fun and I had a blast reading it. We follow Sawyer Taft as she decides to live with her estranged grandmother and participate in debutante season in exchange for a six-figure contract and hoping to find
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After finishing Little White Lies, I can't decide if it's really worth the 4 star rating. This was a book that I was fully engrossed in. I was engrossed in this drama, which was ridiculous most of the time. This felt like a train wreck that you know you should look or walk away from, but instead you're still there just watching.

Sawyer Taft never thought she would be roped into the world of debutantes, but when her grandmother mysteriously shows up and offers her six-figures contract to appear,
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Sawyer lives with her inconsistent mother, barely scraping by. Then her aristocratic grandmother Lillian makes an offer the eighteen-year-old can hardly refuse—spend the debutant season living with her grandmother and she’ll receive half a million dollars. Sawyer doesn’t expect to find a same age cousin who will become a friend, another friend and a frenemy or a mystery about her paternity.

I didn’t expect to enjoy LITTLE WHITE LIES as much as I did. Jennifer Lynn Barnes gave Sawyer such a sharp,
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Subject-matter-wise, I wasn’t so sure about Little White Lies, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes is on my auto-try list (it’s the auto-buy’s much less expensive cousin). Debutante stuff isn’t my favorite as a general rule, though obviously there are exceptions; I love the setting in theory, but the amount of girl hate that often comes part and parcel with it doesn’t really work for me. Then there’s a fact that it’s a mystery to contend with. Little White Lies is a fast-paced, entertaining blend of Gossip ...more
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 really is and why her mother left her grand estate for
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Debutantes Book #1 

๏  Highlights ๏

A Mystery with Layers
Debs & Squires
Southern Belle Charm
Who's Your Daddy Issues
Adults Who Are Youngish

With Audio Performed by Katherine Littrell

๏  My Thoughts ๏

The narration by Katherine Littrell was fantastic...she did a perfect southern debutante accent.  She's also mastered the art of inflecting her voice with a different cadence for inner dialogue.  This is something of which many narrators need to improve on.  I might not have liked
Vicky Again
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a huge sucker for Jennifer Lynn Barnes' mysteries ever since I was 13, and even though I never read the final book of The Naturals bc the ship I wanted wasn't the one that happened (forever salty), Little White Lies was SO much fun, and nostalgic in the best way possible.

The atmosphere is a little lighter and there's debutantes and mysteries and girls teaming up together after blackmailing each other, and it's a bit off a comedy plus a mystery, which I found to be really fun!
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
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.
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya, audiobooks
This was really fun and filled with twists. I am going to tell you right now, Grandma Lily was some sort of badass, and I loved her! I also thought Sawyer was fabulous. She made me laugh quite a bit. But the strength of this book was the mysteries and the relationships Sawyer made with her new family. I really liked seeing the girls bond and their friendship grow.

Trigger warnings: car accident, blackmail, mentions of miscarriage, fake pregnancy, alcohol abuse, imprisonment.

I picked this up having LOVED The Naturals series by the same author and was kind of expecting it to be more crime-y than it was. Instead, this was more like...teen southern belle drama with a side of revenge?? And I was HERE for it.

I loved the way the story flipped between events over the past 9 months and the present. I loved the way the various mysteries played out. I loved the ca
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3.5


Little White Lies is the first installment in author Jennifer Lynn Barnes Debutantes series. Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars go Southern in this comedic mystery about a girl raised by a down-on-her-luck single mom who allows her wealthy grandmother to bribe her into becoming a proper Southern debutante—all in the hopes of finding out who her father is. Protag Sawyer Taft grounds this sudsy mystery with her honest approa
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I knew when I picked up Little White Lies that it might be a little outside my wheelhouse, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much fun it was going to be. Set in the world of debutante balls and grand estates, this novel might as well be set on another planet for all I know about Southern high society, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes ushered me through this beguiling YA mystery with a certain kind of mastery and finesse I’ve fo
Joy Novel Thoughts
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Lies didn't have any murder seeing the many myster
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The best thing about this book was the main character, Sawyer Taft, and her grandmother Lillian because they are both so sassy. Other than that this book was just a super long drawn out contemporary mystery with a pay off that wasn’t that big in my opinion. I wait for this audiobook for over 6 months and I have to say that it was not worth the wait.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more

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“Mackie kneaded his forehead. "Are you sure none of you want to call your parents?"
"No, thank you."
"Do you know who my father is?'
"My stepmother's faking a pregnancy, and she needs her rest."
Mackie wasn't touching that with a ten-foot pole. He turned to the last girl, the one who'd successfully picked the lock mere seconds after he'd arrived.
"What about you?" he said hopefully.
"My biological father literally threatened to kill me if I become inconvenient," the girl said, leaning back against the wall of the jail cell like she wasn't wearing a designer gown. "And if anyone finds out we were arrested, I'm out five hundred thousand dollars.”
“Penny for your thoughts," she commented as she ran a hand over my dress, smoothing the fabric.
"A penny won't buy you much these days," I told Lily as she zipped me. "Thought inflation.”
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