Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team.
Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
Life has a funny way of creating it's own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don't allow you to operate in terms of black and white.
Livie Cleary has always been the 'stable' of the Cleary sisters. She's had her life plan from when she was 9. Go to Princeton, study Medicine and become a Doctor. Along the way she will meet the perfect guy, and get married and of course, live happily ever after. She was all set on her journey, until Dr Stayner declares that Livie is repressed, and needs to let go. So begins her college life, which consists of getting insanely drunk, a tattoo and waking up in bed in a room full of naked people (and that was only her first party!)
One of those people is Ashton. The gorgeous, cocky, enigmatic Ashton. Livie begins her journey of self discovery with memories of her crazy, drunk antics and unable to stop thinking about Ashton. When he makes it clear, that its never going to happen again, and keeps his distance, Livie decides to move on and focus on her school work. That's when she meets Connor. Lovely, sweet, kind, gorgeous Connor. Who also happens to be Ashton's best friend. He's everything that Livie envisioned herself being with, yet as she starts to rethink her whole 'life plan' she wonders if Conner really is supposed to be a part of it.
I've learned a lot about you over the summer Livie (...) You are one of the kindest souls I've ever met Livie. You respond to human heartache so acutely. It's like you absorb others' pain. Despite your extreme shyness, you will do just about anything not to fail (...) But my biggest discovery? The reason that I wanted to talk to you in person today... You seem to be governed by a life plan. Its ingrained in your daily routines; it has dictated the choices you have made so far and those you plan to make in the future. You don't question it, you don't test it, you just do it. (...)I think your parent's help create that plan and you are holding onto it for dear life as a way of holding onto them(...) and I think its stifling your growth as your own person (...) I'm saying, Livie... (...) I'm saying that its time for you to find out who you really are.
She must be able to sense the serous tone in my voice because her playful lilt disappears. "Yeah, Livie?"
"How do you figure out the right way to live your life?"
There's a long pause. So long I check the screen of my cell phone to see if the call is still connected.
"Trial and error, Livie. That's the only way I know of"
"Your hand like this? I can't even begin to describe how incredible it feels," he whispers with a wistful smile. I bite my lip as a thrill rushes through my insides, knowing that I'm making him feel this good, that I feel so connected to him.
I'm not usually a fan of a series set in the same 'universe' but with different main characters. But this series is quite different to me. Not only did I become a part of their family in Ten Tiny Breaths, but the fact that Kacey and all the 'gang' still play a prominent part in One Tiny Lie, kept me connected to them, thus I think I enjoyed the story that much more.
I've been quite the 5 olive 'floozy' as of late, but I think its more a fact that I've been lucky enough to read some really brilliant book, and One Tiny Lie is one of them. I'm very excited to continue this series, with the next book being centred on Cain, the owner of Penny's. I'll admit I'm a little nervous as to where this book is going to go, as Cain wasn't a huge character, yet I have complete faith in Ms Tucker that its going to be a masterpiece.
Right here standing before me, is the life that I thought my parents wanted for me. The only life I ever saw myself leading. I've found it.
And I need to get the hell away from it.