Publisher: Harper Teen
Ages: 14 and up
Seventeen-year-old Coretta White is a black honors student whose Tumblr, Little White Lies—an exposé of her brilliant-yet-clueless (and hypocritical) parents—has gone viral. She finds herself at a confusing tipping point of celebrity and success. She’s got hundreds of thousands of followers; she’s even been offered a TV deal. But Coretta has a confession: she hasn’t been writing all her own posts. Overwhelmed with the stress of keeping up with her schoolwork and applying for colleges, she secretly hires an expert ghostwriter, a forty-one-year-old white man named Karl Ristoff, to help her with the Tumblr. His contributions help make it a sensation, but unable to bear the guilt, Coretta eventually confesses the scandalous truth to a select few to free herself of the burden.
The fallout is almost instantaneous. Before she knows it, her reputation has been destroyed. The media deal disappears. Even her boyfriend breaks up with her. Then Karl is thrust into the limelight, only to suffer a precipitous fall himself. Ultimately the two join forces to find out who is responsible for ruining both of their lives…someone who might have even had the power to fuel their success in the first place. And to exact justice and a clever revenge, they must truly come clean to each other.
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