Baker, Brianna, and F. Bowman Hastie III. Little White Lies.
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Baker, Brianna, and F. Bowman Hastie III. Little White Lies. SohoTeen, 2016. $18.99. 272p. 978-1-61695-515-1.
Seventeen-year-old overachiever Coretta White begins a blog, Little White Lies, based on breakfast conversations with her parents. The blog goes viral. When Coretta is unable to handle her many extracurricular activities, college applications, and the blog, her best friend, Rachel, suggests that she get help and knows someone who could supply it. It arrives in the form of Karl Ristoff, a forty-something ghostwriter. The blog continues to gain readership and results in a TV deal for Coretta offered by twenty-eight-year-old twin business moguls Karin and Anders Skool. Coretta, uneasy about duping her public with a ghostwriter, admits her fraud, about which the Skools seem unconcerned; however, on her debut show, they humiliate Coretta and ask Karl to host a follow-up show. A similar humiliation occurs on his debut, after which Coretta and Karl wonder if and why they were specifically targeted.
The premise of Little White Lies is difficult to believe, and the end seems rushed. Coretta's boyfriend, Mike, who dumps her when her troubles begin, is suddenly revealed as a talented computer hacker and uncovers extensive "dirt" about the Skools, which also defies belief. Coretta's and Mike's parents do not resemble normal parents in any sense. The relationship between Coretta (seventeen years old) and Karl (forty-something), while innocuous, still seems skeevy. References to past and current entertainers and movies will do little to enhance the enjoyment level of the teenage girl target audience. This is a discretionary purchase. --Ed Goldberg.