Every Single Lie

Bloomsbury. Jan. 2021. 352p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781547605231.
Gr 9 Up–Sixteen-year-old Beckett Bergen is having a rough time. Her father died of an overdose just seven months ago. She is convinced her ex-boyfriend Jake has been cheating on her because he keeps hiding texts while on his phone. In an effort to find evidence to prove it, Beckett instead stumbles upon Jake’s gym bag with a dead newborn’s body inside. After reporting the incident to the police, including her own mother, who is on her town’s force, she tells Jake what she witnessed. Jake asserts he has nothing to do with it and that she’s “losing it.” To make matters worse, false rumors quickly spread by an anonymous Twitter user claim that she is the baby’s mother. The story soon makes local and, later, national news, and most people in her small Tennessee town refuse to believe her side of the story. Beckett takes it upon herself to find the newborn’s actual parents and restore her and her family’s reputation, but her plan goes awry. Vincent’s thriller is an action-packed yet emotional novel that demonstrates just how toxic rumors can be. The dialogue is realistic and the plot will keep readers engaged. Beckett is white and other characters’ races aren’t specified.
VERDICT A realistic and gripping contemporary novel that many teens will thoroughly enjoy. A worthwhile selection for high school and YA public library collections.

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