Every Single Lie

Rachel Vincent. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-5476-0523-1
White 16-year-old Beckett Bergen is still fraying after her veteran father’s unexpected death seven months ago, and her life threatens to unravel completely when she finds a stillborn infant zipped into a duffel bag in her high school’s locker room. The shocking discovery shakes her tiny Tennessee town to its core, and those looking for a scapegoat soon find one in Beckett when an anonymous Twitter account speculates that she’s the baby’s mother. After the rumor goes viral, resulting in online abuse, Beckett sets out to clear her name by uncovering the infant’s true parentage while also struggling to connect with her distant police detective mother and process troubling rumors about her father’s past. Vincent (the Brave New Girl series) sharply interrogates mob mentality and journalistic ethics at the expense of critiquing the issues that lead to the book’s primary tragedies, touching only briefly on sexism and class divides. Though the final reveal relies heavily on coincidence, Beckett’s nonstop sleuthing and memorable voice—alternatively witty and vulnerable, coolheaded and fiery—keep the pages turning. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 11/12/2020
Release date: 01/12/2021
Genre: Children's
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Paperback - 352 pages - 978-1-5476-0863-8
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