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Deadly Little Scandals

(Debutantes #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,510 ratings  ·  695 reviews
"Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?"

Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily rop
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published November 4th 2019)
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Lynn There is a little romance in the book between Sawyer and Nick, but it is a very small part of the story.

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This book was fucking insane and I’m so confused. Y’all know that gif, the one where a dudes got red yarn all over a board, trying to solve a conspiracy? That’s this book. That’s me trying to understand this book.
h o l l i s
If I thought the first book in this series was wild, I didn't know anything. What a wild ride this truly was.

That said, things do veer towards the unreal and unbelievable but honestly it was still a really fun time. And also as long you read book one, and I don't know why you'd skip it, you'll be prepared for the kind of unreal and unbelievable things. But definitely not how far things will go or the surprises that are in store.

The hijinks are a little less light hearted and yet the way things r
Janet Newport
I've read Little White Lies (the previous book) and enjoyed it.

But this sequel left me totally addled.

Who's your Daddy?

Who's your Mama??

Who's your Sister???

Wait, were you just making out with your cousin?????

And your Grandma KNOWS?

2.5 stars rounded up (because... 'tis the season)
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore pretty much all of Jennifer Lynn Barnes stories and when Deadly Little Secrets came out last year I was completely in love with it and couldn't wait to get my hands on Deadly Little Scandals.

It completely lived up to all of my expectations. With twists and turns galore and so many things that I simply just did not see coming, it kept me on my toes and completely, once again, immersed in the world of debutantes, the filthy rich, scandals, secrets, and where almost anything goes with those
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)
3.5 Stars

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Well the crazy twisted 'drama in dresses' continued in this fun sequel!

It got a lot more hectic in the lives of our debutantes as they continue their attempts to untangle the web of lies woven by the previous generations in their families. It had the same
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mind Blown.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (alongside Holly Jackson perhaps) is the Queen of YA mystery, and she is beyond underrated.

This book was so incredibly entertaining. I mean, the family drama, the secrets, the craziness, it was SO JUICY and the perfect amount of over the top. Karen McManus was trying to achieve this in The Cousins and honestly kinda failed miserably in comparison because the twists and turns in this novel were amazing.

I just loved all the characters, and I just loved how much t
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had really enjoyed the previous book in this series and there was no way I was going to skip this one.

I love Sawyer and her girls. They’re snarky and loyal and sarcastic and I’m living for it. There seemed to be more characters this time around, but I could be making that up. I loved John David and would happily read a million more scene with him and William Faulkner.

Plot wise, it was a bit confusing. There are several time lines and the e-arc formatting was horrible. The build up was delici
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 stars
“Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League - by way of Skull and Bones.”
Deadly Little Scandals returns us to the world of Southern High Society as Sawyer and her family navigate the Summer Lake Season with new secrets, revelations, and as always - scandals.

Things I Liked
This series has so much campy dramatic goodness. It’s addicting to read about this over-the-top world and the rigid social rules that they’re determined to break.

There is such a strong focus on f
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Little Scandals is the sequel to Little White Lies, and, if possible it is even better than its predecessor. More intrigue, more plots, bodies to uncover, secrets to tell, and twist after twist that you never see coming, because, seriously who else but Jennifer Lynn Barnes could conceive of such an idea and actually make it work. Deadly Little Scandals will thrill fans of the first book and keep readers on the edge of their seat.

When Sawyer accepted her grandmother’s terms last summer, sh
This entire book was just me flipping a page and shouting WHAT?!?!!?! and then flipping another page and shouting WHAT?!?!?!?! Absolutely buckwild.
3.5/5, rounding up

This was a wild ride, not what I was expecting. It left me wanting a bit more closure at the end.
hayaat ♥
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
very soap opera-y

granted, it did keep me up until 5 am, but still, it pales so, so much compared to The Lovely and The Lost or any of her other books.

here i am, sleep deprived and half-mad, and i still don’t understand who’s whose child and who’s sleeping with who. love that for me 😩🤙
I would DEARLY love to know which soap operas the author grew up watching, because the end of this was straight out of soaps in the best possible way. Was it too much? Yes. Did I enjoy the hell out of it? Also yes.


The narrator, Katherine Littrell has the perfect accent to set the atmosphere for this story flawlessly. But sometimes the twang she had going on was a little difficult for this Yankee to understand.

The blurb is spot on when it calls this twisty, soapy and gasp-inducing. While I found this to be totally entertaining I also found the many characters...all the who's mom
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
ACTUAL: 4.5 stars

I loved it (though a bit less than the first), and definitely recommend for fans of YA books with family secrets, not much romance, and plot twists!
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Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
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If I thought the first one was confusing, I was mistaken. But overall, it was a good book
Eilidh Barker
I am still in shock, as a lot of this book was plot twist after plot twist after plot twist.

I loved the previous book, Little White Lies. It was funny, well written, and had me thinking about it constantly. Plus, it had enough twists for me to be shocked at each, but also still understand them all. This, however, was different.

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Now that Sawyer knows the identity of her father, she and her debutante buddies have a few other mysteries to solve.

The first half of DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS was every bit as entertaining as book one, with Sawyer’s whip-smart narration and moxie. Somewhere towards the middle Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ latest book jumps the shark to ridiculous proportions. While I still enjoyed the ending, it was unnecessarily confusing and preposterous.

DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS is definitely worth reading, especially if
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another soapy, twisty, fun read in the Debutantes series and I gobbled it up just as quickly as I did with Little White Lies.

Sawyer, her cousin Lily and their inner circle of friends (and frenemies) are back. It's summertime so everyone retreats to their summer homes on Regal Lake and this time it's all about pledging the elite, yet Skull & Bones-ish, White Gloves.

Sawyer only solved some of her family mysteries in the first book of the series and she's committed to stay the course and keep tugg
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is the craziest book I’ve ever read in my entire life. (I can see how this statement could be taken as hyperbolic, but I mean it quite literally.) For starters, the family dynamics are so wildly outlandish that I’m not even sure that I know who is related at this point. The fact that there have been MULTIPLE scandals (by multiple I mean, like, more than Meghan Markle) that have occurred within a small group of friends is not at all realistic, but it was so iconically chaotic that I had ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great sequel!
This was just as crazy as the first book, full of secrets, lies, and people who aren't what they seem. Sawyer once again leads the investigation, this time into what happened to Ana and her baby. We see a lot of development for her and Lily through this, realizing who they are and what they want. Sadie Grace is my favorite character and I wish she had been in this a bit more. She's hilarious, not the brightest but genuine and will do anything for her friends.
The way the tim
Overall not bad. I like her other series better. This book was just slow with all of the action happening at the end. I kind of liked the book, but I also wasn’t too keen to pick it up again. Dunno. I like this author but not this book
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Oct 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
ok 4.5 just because if it isn't an immediate 5, it doesn't deserve to be. really loved this book and highly recommend, although I would read the first one before. it is very much similar to the inheritance games, so if you liked those books you would enjoy this ...more
(not me almost forgetting to write a review 😅) THIS SERIES THO!!!!!! it is all i could’ve ever hoped and dreamed of. the drama, the boys, the setting, the intense old ladies LITERALLY IT WAS ALL SO GREAT!!!! i really really liked it 😂 this one was definitely pretty twisty, but so fun. highly recommend to anyone who would enjoy a good, girly mystery/drama. 5/5 stars
Okay, so there is A LOT to unpack here, so much so that I don't even know where to start, I don't even know where to end, I don't even know WHAT to say at all because there's just so much I couldn't possibly fit it all into a non-spoiler-y summary or review if I tried.

While the giddiness and sheer joy I had from reading the first book in this series has certainly started to wear off and the rose coloured glasses I may or may not have been wearing have lost some of their tint, this was still ever
Bickering Book Reviews
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun follow up to "Little White Lies". It was fun to revisit the characters and their world. However, the mystery felt a little weak and the ending didn't quite work with the rest of the story. Fans of the first book will enjoy this but need readers may give up without finishing it.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

I don’t know why, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books are so freaking addicting and easy to get into that I had a feeling I was going to have no trouble whatsoever with this one. And after the events that happened in book one, I knew I had to pick it up.

Now, I feel that even though this one was a continuation of what happened after Little White Lies, the tone and the entire vibe of this sequel was pretty different. We had the same characters trying
Katherine Paschal
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, teen, mystery
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Sawyer thought she had experienced it all when her estranged grandmother coerced her to join the debutante season, but really she was just getting started. Sawyer is now keeping secrets from her cousin/best friend, not talking to her mama, has no idea what she wants to do with her future and refuses to be in a romantic relationship regardless of her heart. Add on the fact she is going through initiation to take part in a s
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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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