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Every Single Lie

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The pacing and twists to this story were excellent. Lots of content warnings for this book. Beckett is the perfect narrator because she is likeable through her flaws.
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I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By the time I started this book, I had completely forgotten what this book was about, so you could say I went into this book with not many expectations or hopes, but I was bit a wary. However, I was pretty much hooked from the first page; it grabbed my attention and did not let go. Honestly, I did not want to put down this book, so I didn’t, and I finished it in one night. 

The mystery and suspense started almost immediately and the reader wanted to know what happened, and the little cliff-hangers at the end of chapters had me reading on. I personally liked the main character which made it more fun to read from her perspective, which doesn’t always happen with books with high school settings. 

I enjoyed this book a lot and definitely recommend it to mystery lovers! Overall, I rate this book 5/5 stars.
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3.5 stars probably in actuality.

Beckett lives in a small town, 3 miles wide, one high school, two detectives at the local police station, two funeral homes, etc. So when Beckett finds a dead baby in a duffel bag in the girls’ locker room at school, it rocks the town immediately.

One of the two detectives in town is Beckett’s mom, and she gets assigned to the case. Immediately, people assume Beckett is the one who gave birth to the baby. Beckett has an older brother, Penn, and a younger sister, Landry, and their dad recently died a little over 6 months ago. Their family is pretty splintered after it - they still love each other, but they all move pretty independently from each other. The case of Lullaby Doe, as she’s soon named by the media, brings the family members back together pretty quickly.

Beckett wants to clear her name, and obviously even if not, she kinda just wants to know the baby’s true story. She finds out secrets about her loved ones along the way. She suspects a lot of her loved ones along the way. Her (ex?)boyfriend, her best friend who recently came back into her life... none of them are safe from her suspecting them in the case of the baby.

It all sounds so dramatic but it was really done in a pretty emotional and generally stable way. Beckett has genuinely normal reactions to the things she finds out and never flies off the rails or anything like that. She does end up in a few arguments with people in her life, but everyone has pretty decent communication skills.

As far as the actual baby storyline, there’s some conversation about lack of attention, and how there was some person out there who went through a whole pregnancy and births with no one noticing. Everyone starts suspecting everyone just because it’s so hard to believe you’d let yourself miss that kind of thing happening in someone’s life. But, life isn’t always that simple. There’s also discussion about sex ed and prenatal health and basically just the circumstances that lead to a situation like the one in the story.

I think it was well done, I think there were plenty of possibilities presented for the conclusion, and I think it’s dark enough to attract teens who like to read that sort of thing without being gratuitous, unrealistic, or obscene.
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Before I begin with my review, let me throw out some trigger warnings: infant death, teen pregnancy, cyberbullying, suicide, death of a parent, addiction. Most of the actual events take place off page, but are discussed throughout the book.

Beckett is going through a lot, and truthfully she handles it a lot better than I could have done at sixteen. She is still reeling from the loss of her father, and the circumstances surrounding his death, she’s trying to deal with a breakup, she’s the constant subject of school gossip, and all of this is going on before she finds the baby. Honestly, I would have just curled up in my room and never left it, but she stands up for herself and keeps going to school, facing things head on. But she doesn’t really trust anyone.

Jake just wants Beckett back and to take care of her. But he’s keeping something from her.

Penn, Beckett’s brother, is focused on getting into West Point and all of his spare time is focused there or on his girlfriend.

Amira is Beckett’s best friend, and suddenly back in her life after being noticeable absent for the last seven months.

Beckett’s mom is focused on the case, trying to find out what happened to the baby and who her parents are. She is focused on work to escape her own grief over the loss of her husband.

The one thing everyone agrees on is keeping Landry, Beckett’s 13-year old sister, protected from the online attacks against Beckett and the circumstances around the baby’s discovery.

In addition to the main characters, there are a whole cast of characters in the mix, from reporters, to the Key Club president, to an anonymous Twitter account that seems to know all the details.

The story is told through Beckett’s point of view, and we know from the beginning that she is not the mother, but the question that runs through the entire story is who is? And every time I thought that I might have gotten a lock on the mother’s identity, evidence eliminates them. Beckett ends up accusing just about everyone at some point or another. When the identity is finally revealed, it certainly wasn’t anyone that I was expecting.

The pace of the story is good, and the questions keep you guessing until most is revealed. I have lots of feelings about the mother, but for the sake of spoilers, I won’t share them here. All in all I enjoyed the story, really connected with Beckett’s anger, frustration, fear, and grief.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley on behalf of the publisher {Bloomsbury} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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"People seem to think that shining a light on something is always a good thing. As if that means things can finally be seen for what they are. But the truth is that sometimes bright light distorts familiar shapes. Sometimes it casts wild shadows that bear no resemblance to an object's true form."

This book follows the story of a girl who finds the body of a baby in her highschool locker room. When students and media get ahold of the story, they start to suspect the MC as the mother and what follows is a string of harassment and death threats. She then tasks herself with finding out the truth in order to not only clear her name, but also bring closure to the whole case. 

This book definitely kept me interested, but the writing just wasn't very strong. I also wish there was more of a message about the importance of sexual education by the end. After everything this book talks about, I was just left wondering what the point was if there's no message about that topic. I get that this was perhaps more to focus on the toxicity of social media & rumours, but I was left wanting more from the overall message.

Also, I very much felt like this book put police on a pedestal, and that's just not the kind of story I'm interested in reading right now. ALSO, I don't think there was one queer or BIPOC character in this entire book and that's... not great.

This book had potential, but in the end it kinda fell flat for me. You might enjoy this book if you're looking for a YA mystery/thriller, but this just wasn't for me.

Thank you to Netgalley & Bloomsbury Children’s for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I wanna start by adding some TW to this review because there’s a lot. 

TW: Bullying, stillbirth, overdose, drugs, death threats

Every Single Lie is a YA Mystery about a 16 year old girl who finds a dead infant in the girls locker room at school. 

I couldn’t put this book down. It grabbed my attention right from the start. It took me less than 24 hours to finish it and that’s only cause I had to go to sleep. 
The mystery of the baby and the mother wasn’t that easy to figure out. The author did a good job at throwing us off track.

This book was heartbreaking but it showed the realities that we face everyday. The power of social media, rumors and bullying. This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart, but it’s so important!
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This twisty and dramatic story has enough mystery to keep younger teen readers engaged even considering some flaws along the way. For many, it will be difficult to believe that so much can happen to these teens without adults getting involved more than they do. Because of this, the story doesn't ring true in today's media saturated society.
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When Beckett finds a baby in the girls locker room at her school, she's dubbed #babykiller throughout the country. The world wants her to be charged for neglect even if she didn't actively kill the baby. The problem? This isn't Beckett's baby. 
Accusations are slung around and everyone is a suspect at some point. I'm not good with mysteries, but I had some ideas about who the real mother of the baby was. There were quite a few red herrings and I fell for most of them. The story line was solid and well written and I was relatively captivated.
It didn't feel like anything ground breaking or unique. Although I liked the characters, I wasn't overly attached. There were some moments where my jaw did drop or I gasped out loud, which is really all that I want from a suspenseful book.
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I feel like maybe Vincent telegraphed the eventual reveal of this plot a bit too hard. Several points are repeated several times. While I personally found it a bit frustrating, I have to admit that the book on the whole raises some interesting discussion points. Like how an accusation, regardless of it's truth, can destroy a reputation.
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Young adult readers will find this book intriguing and they will hang on every twist to get to the end. Loved the story and high school aged student and lovers of young adult books will love it too. Relevant to the times and very engaging.

Thank you NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

When sixteen-year-old Bette makes a startling discovery in the girl's locker room at the local high school, the entire community is transfixed to find all the details. But sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

This YA novel had me hooked from the very first page and although it became quite apparent to me who was the real character with the secrets to hide. Bette was impulsive and quick to jump to conclusions and while sometimes that made it rather frustrating to follow her down the rabbit hole, I am glad that I followed this literary mystery to the end.

Publication Date 12/01/21
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book, and I was genuinely surprised by how engaged I became with the story. 

It has been a minute since I was so invested in a YA thriller, usually adult thrillers keep me more invested. But this one is fabulous. Vincent has created a strong narrator with Beck, and I was unable to stop reading once it really got deeper into the events of the story. 

This is about how she finds a baby in a bag in the gym, but it is dead. Now the police are trying to find who the baby was and what happened. Beck has all of her own thoughts and ideas about what could have happened, but she knows the baby is not hers and wishes people would stop assuming it was. Especially when the death threats and horrible treatment of strangers online culminate when an anonymous Twitter account starts sharing information about the baby and the events. 

This book can be dark at times, which I think is great. I do not want to say dark for YA because that sounds very dismissive of the lives teens live now. We cannot know all of the experiences each teen is facing, and this book shows how abstract yet intense some things that happen in high school can be. 

Beck is also dealing with the death of her dad from an opioid overdose, breaking up with her boyfriend, being distanced from her best friend, her mom is a a cop on this baby case, and just having relationships with her siblings. This book has many layers and they connect the story, showing how each event has affected Beck and how she has learned to deal with all of the backlash from people thinking the baby is hers.  It is about how social media is all over and haunts people in different ways as well. The social media is large aspect of the book. 

This story is quality because the writing is phenomenal, the narrator is real and believable, and the discovery of who the baby belongs to make me go whoa, I did not expect this. This is a great thriller that made me become an instant fan of the author, eager already for her next book. 

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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In Rachel Vincent's new page-turner, Every Single Lie, she presents the reader with a scandal in a small town, social media bullying, and rumors. It's a fabulous combination.

Beckett just dumped her boyfriend, Jake, because she thought he was cheating on her. When she sneaks back onto campus to take a French test, Jake's baseball teammates coming down the hall make Beckett decide to hide in the girls' locker room, which is closed for remodeling. However, someone else has been there first, because in an abandoned school duffel bag, Beckett discovers a dead newborn baby.

Beckett's mom is one of the detectives in town, and she and another police officer question Beckett as a witness. But someone has started a Twitter account using the name of the defunct high school newspaper, and before she knows what's happening, Beckett is presumed to be the baby's mother/killer.

As Beckett tries her best to find the truth and do right by the baby - named "Lullaby" Doe by the anonymous Twitter account, she has to deal with death threats and a town that just wants to add more fuel to her family fire, which started with the scandal of her veteran father's overdose and death less than a year before.

I won't spoil the ending, but it was a good one, and Vincent took the plot through a collection of wrong suspicions before we get there. The characters are well-developed and I didn't figure out who the real mother was until just before it was revealed.

A worthy read for sure.
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<i>Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.</i>

My first five star rating of the year!

When Beckett finds a dead baby in a duffel bag in her school's locker room, her life completely changes. Although Beckett doesn't know anything about what happened to the baby and who the parents are, vicious rumors that Beckett had hidden a pregnancy and then killed her child swarm her small town, eventually blowing up into an internet phenomenon. As if the rumors, gossip, disappointing looks, and death threats aren't enough for one person to deal with, Beckett's boyfriend might be cheating on her, her recently deceased father may have had more problems than she thought, and her mother may have been abusing her position of power. As the investigation becomes increasingly publicized with Beckett being the face of the #babykiller, all the lies she has been surrounded by slowly unfold. 

<i>Every Single Lie</i> is a fantastic young adult thriller/mystery. There is not a single dull moment--in fact, I was so hooked that I finished this book in less than 24 hours! Rachel Vincent does an incredible job of making you think you've figured everything out, only to throw another curveball at you when you turn the page. The mystery of the deceased baby and unknown mother was interesting throughout the entirety of the book; it never gets tiring, and even as the plot thickens, each bit of evidence makes sense, rather than feeling forced or unnecessary. I was shocked by the "big reveal" and wasn't disappointed at all. Furthermore, I loved that this was so much more than just a thriller. Vincent incorporated such great conversations about cyberbullying, family, adolescence, and being there for others. This book felt so personal and deep--clearly, dead children are an inherently sad subject, but instead of using this as a crutch to make the book disturbing and emotional, Vincent truly delves into the brains and hearts of her characters so that readers will feel the pain, conflict, and confusion that they are feeling. Everyone is deeply flawed and at some points a bit annoying, judgmental, or selfish, yet I still had a soft spot for all the characters. I think I had a moment with just about every single character where I absolutely hated them but then loved them but then was angry at them but then empathizing with them...and ultimately appreciating them for their complexity. 

Overall, I would absolutely recommend <i>Every Single Lie</i>. I know YA thriller isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I thought this one was particularly well done! 

Side note: where on earth do I get myself a Jake??

Trigger warnings: death of an infant, death of a parent, mentioning of murder, mentioning of underage sex, bullying, cyberbullying (including death threats), mentioning of drug and alcohol addiction
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This was one of my most anticipated books this year, and it didn't disappoint. 

I immediately loved Beckett. She's prickly and she doesn't take anything at face value--seriously, not ever; she is the actual definition of "trust but verify" and I over-relate--and she is thrust into a completely impossible situation. She finds a dead baby, which is traumatic enough, but it's in her boyfriend's duffel bag. And, of course, it takes no time for everyone to assume that she's the baby's mom.

It's not surprising that the baby (soon dubbed Lullaby Doe by Twitter, because of course it was) becomes more of a symbol than a person who died about as soon as she was born. That was the hardest part to read for me, because very few people actually seemed to understand that Lullaby Doe was a person, even if only for a few seconds, and she wasn't part of any type of crusade. (I should also note that she was stillborn. Yes, her body was hidden, but it's not one of those things where someone gives birth at prom and kills the just-born baby.)

This book is so tense and it was impossible to stop reading. This will be one of my favorites this year. Highly recommended.
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Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent REVIEW 


Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

Wow... this was an emotional read from start to finish. We start off with our main character Beckett dealing with some pretty average teenage drama. She's had a breakup with her boyfriend and isn't taking it too well. It doesn't take long for all that to change when Beckett finds a dead baby in the school locker room. Soon her life starts to unravel as she learns of secrets that could hurt her in more ways than one.  

I am absolutely stunned by how wonderful this book was. It was fantastically written and well paced.  I hated to put it down. The ending was shocking and heartbreaking. Every Single Lie is an emotional read that covers substance abuse, addiction, teen pregnancy, death, and bullying. While the themes within this book are hard to read, it is an amazing piece of work that I recommend reading for anyone who likes hard hitting YA.
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Happy pub day 🎉 Thank you to @netgalley and @blumsburyya for this eARC of Every Single Lie by @rachelkvincent

The story starts off pretty dark almost immediately with the main character, Beckett, finding a deceased newborn baby inside a gym bag in her school's locker room. No one knows who the parents are, and it's very small town. The novel goes on to just focus on the mystery of why the baby was in the locker room and who the mother is, but it also heavily focused on Beckett and her family as they're still recovering from the loss of her father. 

This book is full of more mature and darker subjects with tons of secrets, lies and rumors. It did read a bit YA a lot of the time and I wasn't always a fan of Beckett and the way she behaved, but I liked seeing her flaws.

Every Single Lie was gripping and I only found myself skimming a few times. I was invested and determined to finish reading as fast as possible to find out who the baby's mother was and why the baby was abandoned. However, I did come to realize who she was and it was a bit nerve wracking when it grew more clear who the mother was and that the characters weren't putting it together, even just as a hypothetical possibility. 

The writing style wasn't anything special but it wasn't too simple. The level of tension and mystery kept me intrigued and I flipped through the book daily quickly. I hope to read more by this author especially if she keeps these mystery elements and darker topics up! 

If you want to read something about teenagers involved in more adult-like situations and topics, this could be good for you. It'd be an a good introduction to some mystery if you mostly stick to YA contemporaries. 

This book had me angry and sad, the characters when through some horrible things and it'll be the type of book that will stick with you and make you think. A powerful read discussing pregnancy, addiction, mental illness, bullying, and grief.

⚠️Trigger warnings for unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse and addiction, bullying and cyber-bullying 

3.5🌟 for me review taken from my Instagram @fortheloveofcrime
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I have so much to say about this book but feel as though nothing will do it justice. This fast-paced and shocking contemporary YA book had me turning pages so fast I thought my fingers would fall off. Beckett feels as though no one is telling her the truth. Her boyfriend Jake is hiding text messages, her mother is hiding things from her and she's had a falling out with her best friend. All of this while dealing with the crippling death of losing her father only months before. She doesn't think things can get much worse until the day that she finds the body of a newborn in Jake's gym bag in the girl's locker room. The town is convinced the baby which is very much not hers and is hers and a national media campaign to bully her into admitting it and finding out the truth begins, Beckett's mom as one of the very small town's detectives is at the helm of the investigation. 

This book has multiple trigger warnings including Child Abuse, Parent Death, Drug Abuse, Stillborn,
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I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I was super intrigued by the plot. The synopsis made it seem like it was mystery-thriller, but I what I got was something entirely different. 

This focused not just on the mystery, but also on the familial relationship with the Bergen’s. They start off as being strained, but by the end they end up trying to mend their familial bond. It’s almost like the mystery aspect brought the family closer together; which was nice to see. 

As for the mystery, it was super gripping and I found myself invested in the book. While I certainly expected the baby’s mother to be a family member, I didn’t think it was going to be them (not saying who ‘cause of spoilers). The writing was also a plus and helped keep the story moving. 

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Beckett’s character. I found that everything she did made things worse (particularity in the beginning) and when she accuses Jake (her boyfriend) of cheating, she completely overreacts. She could’ve just talked to him instead.  

Overall, this was a pretty good read and I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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A YA book that starts with finding a dead baby in the locker room? Color me intrigued, and boy did I fly through this book once I started it. Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent is the issues-novel you didn’t know you needed–all about addiction, suspicion, the terrors of social media, and ultimately, just a lot of heart.
Beckett Bergen is taking a mental health day after breaking up with her boyfriend, Jake,but when she remembers she has a French test, she heads to school for 7th period.Hiding out in the closed locker rooms–still covered in fresh paint–proves to be a bad idea though, because she ends up finding a school duffle bag with a dead baby inside–a small baby, freshly born. Within minutes, the police are on the scene, including Beckett’s own mother, one of the small Tennessee city’s two detectives on the force. But the problems start coming and they don’t stop coming–why is the baby lying in Beckett’s ex’s duffle bag? Who starts the anonymous Twitter account and spreads rumors about her being the baby’s mother? What happens when a paternity comes back to reveal something no one wants to think about?
This is a book all about rumors and secrets and how the secrets of the baby interact with the secrets Beckett has been trying to avoid since her father died seven months ago.It’s about what we do and don’t notice about those around us, the way suspicion can cloud our judgement, and the perils of social media and frankly, high school in general. I enjoyed this book–I read it in one day, one evening–but I didn’t feel the POWER of this book until I read the authors note, so I recommend you do that as soon as you finished the book,but not beforehand, cuz spoilers.
Beckett is a super likeable character in that she’s flawed, but you also know she didn’t do it, so that’s fine, right? You also see her make mistakes and assumptions but as a reader you understand why. I’m also kind of liking this new YA trend of the female protagonists not all being college-bound princesses of productivity (I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that, that’s who I am LOL) but it reflects a more real-worldness. It’s not always the Homecoming Queen who becomes the center of the story, ya know?
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