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Title: Every Single Lie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Genres: YA Mystery
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl’s discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community.
Nobody in Beckett’s life seems to be telling the whole story. Her boyfriend Jake keeps hiding texts and might be cheating on her. Her father lied about losing his job before his shocking death. And everyone in school seems to be whispering about her and her family behind her back.
But none of that compares to the day Beckett finds the body of a newborn baby in a gym bag-Jake’s gym bag -on the floor of her high school locker room. As word leaks out, rumors that Beckett’s the mother take off like wildfire in a town all too ready to believe the worst of her. And as the police investigation unfolds, she discovers that everyone has a secret to hide and the truth could alter everything she thought she knew.
Not going to lie, after I read the premise of this book, I had super high hopes. With a high-stakes premise like this one, I hoped it would be addicting and immersive and totally mind-blowing. And it was exactly that. This is a fast-paced novel that ruminates in themes about finding the truth and not jumping to conclusions, how social media can blow things out of proportion, and how old wounds can affect everything. There were so many wild twists, and I definitely felt like I was solving the mystery alongside Beckett. And that final twist. I did NOT see that coming one bit.
Beckett is not the kind of character you see in YA every day. I feel like there’s going to be a good portion of people who don’t like her at all. She’s tough and scrappy, but she also makes a lot of decisions out of emotion and impulse. She makes a lot of mistakes. But for me, her innate flaws made me like her even more. She’s hurting–from the rumors that the dead baby is hers, and from her father’s passing from an opioid addiction. She is not emotionally healthy, and it shows. But as she grapples with everything and realizes this flaw in herself, she grows, she gets better, she learns. This aspect her is especially present in her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. Their relationship is something else I don’t see often (if at all) in YA books. Even though Beckett has broken up with Jake, he still plays a large part in the book because he genuinely cares about her. He sees all of her hurts, her flaws, and just wants to help her. He was one of my favorite characters in the whole book. There are so many multi-faceted characters in the book apart from these two, mostly Beckett’s family and close friends who reach out to her in her time of need. The family dynamic was especially well-written for me. I loved to see the siblings struggling together, having fun together at times, and helping each other in their times of need.
This has easily become one of my favorite mysteries I’ve read. With interesting, dynamic characters and a heart-pounding mystery, I can’t wait to see what else this author comes out with.
Rachel Vincent is the New York Times bestselling author of several pulse-pounding series for teens and adults. A former English teacher and a champion of the serial comma, Rachel has written more than twenty novels and remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy. Rachel shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her number one fan from the start. You can find out more about Rachel on her website www.rachelvincent.com or by following her on Twitter @rachelkvincent.