Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Sixteen-year-old Beckett Bergen’s life completely changes the moment she discovers a dead baby in a duffel bag stashed in the girl’s locker room at school. After an anonymous Twitter account reveals that Beckett made the discovery, she is targeted with violent threats and rumors that she’s the #BabyKiller. Hunting for the truth only uncovers more secrets but none so shattering as discovering what really happened.
This book has a great hook, with fast paced twists and reveals that keep the reader invested. Online bullying and rumors that spread widely without substance (#FakeNews) is a hot topic and easily relatable with today’s teens. Additional themes handled include grieving a lost parent, the opioid pandemic, and navigating friendships in a small town. The highly impactful author’s note at the end lends to the book’s authentic tone.
Give this to readers who enjoy dramatic mysteries, such as the Riverdale television series or Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson.
—Sarah Sullivan, Methuen, MA
Other Nominated Titles
- The Truth Project by Dante Medema (October 13, 2020)
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