Monday October 26, 2009
Little Black Lies
by Tish Cohen
Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope. As the new eleventh grader at Anton High – the most elite public school in the country – she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity. In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.
With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.
Most teens are busy enough worrying about how they look and act...let alone worrying about their parents. Now I know that most teens worry a little about their parents, for the most part it's just about them being too dorky or uptight. But could you imagine being at the most elite high school in the US and having your dad be the custodian AND have OCD? Wow, that would be overwhelming for even the most well-balanced teen!
And for the most part she is well-balanced and nice and really does love her dad. When you first read the summary for the book you might initially think that you won't like Sara because of what she is doing but in reality my heart went out to her.
This book does a great job of describing what it must be like to love someone with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) especially when your trying to put that person first but have your own issues to deal with.
A well written book that takes teen angst to a whole new level.
Sexual references and situations of alcohol use make this book best suited for 8th grade and up.