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One Too Many Lies

(YA Verse)

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Paige and her friends tell the subtle lies that are a part of daily life. White lies to avoid insulting friends. Fibs to escape unwanted judgment from classmates. Half-truths to evade their parents’ watchful eyes. But could their lies become dangerous? What happens when the lies become a matter of life and death?
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 1st 1 by West 44 Books
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Had this been the sort of poetry I came across in any other random book, I might not have liked One Too Many Lies by L. A. Bowen. I can tend to be pretty picky with my poetry, which shows in the fact that there are very few compilations that I enjoy. Bowen accomplished something impressive with her collection of poems detailing the accounts of a group of 11th grade girls as they navigate the world of adolescence.

I was quickly immersed in this world with three teenagers falling into the party sce
Maling Ling
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

👎 This book is for a certain type of reader. I am not that reader. It's written entirely in verse and took sometime to get used to. We are also not given enough time to connect with the characters. As a result, the ending felt rushed and unfinished (like what happened to Abby? ), and most of the conflict was left unresolved (where's Morgan?). It was explained in the author description that this was based on her pst expe
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have a special place in my heart for verse books. I love the creativity and uniqueness on them. I had high hopes for One Too Many Lies but it fell flat. The story was very clique and boring. There was no emotional connection to the characters thats makes these stories flow.
Michele Woloszyk
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-done first book for L.A. Bowen. This book was written for a much younger demographic than I find myself in these days, but I appreciated the impact of the verse style on the story. It seemed that Paige's refusal to think very deeply about her choices was reflected in the succint lines. I also really enjoyed the clever play of words throughout. Looking forward to the next L.A. Bowen book.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Starting the book I was a little confused, as it is only written in verse. I thought that it was only the beginning to have a different start into the story, but after not too long I noticed that the entire book is written in verse. It’s kind of like not rhyming poems telling you a story, which is actually pretty cool if you think about it. The downside is only that it is hard to connect to the characters as the book is also really short. At times it also feels quite rushed and especially the en ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel in verse could have been powerful, but there was not enough story to connect with the main characters. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The idea was there but I felt like the author didn’t go deep enough to make us feel something and feel connected with the characters. If you like character-driven novels in verses, this could your book!

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Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*2.75 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One Too Many Lies tells the story of Paige and her friends. They're juniors and soon, they lose themselves into parties and small lies that become much bigger ones after a while.

I read this in an hour, maybe two and that was cool. it's told in Verse and I like that, most of the time. I'm not really sure I loved that poetry but it was okay.
The story had ups and downs. I didn't love the main characters but my younger
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

One Too Many Lies by L.A. Bowen - 3.5/5 stars

“Best friends forever.

(I hope.)”

*This book was sent to me by West 44 Books and NetGalley for an honest review, thank you very much!*

This isn't a bad book by any means I did enjoy reading it and it has gotten me excited to read more verse novels so if you want to start reading this format then I would recommend this book when it comes out as a stepping stone to longer and more complex ones!

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Brittany Lamb
Note: I was sent a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This just didn't turn out to be for me. I think that stories written in verse have the opportunity to come out really powerful, and this had the potential, but there wasn't enough time to familiarize yourself with the characters enough to become invested in what happened. The story wasn't bad and I think that if it had been a little longer with more time put into forming the characters (beyond thei
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall I didn't mind this story. I liked the free verse poems it reminded
me of books such as Cut and Glass. However this one didn't really have much of a story and
I wish I connected with the main characters more. The whole thing seemed to just be one
scene almost and I felt that it could have been more in depth. I also felt that the characters
were a little on the flat side and I found the story very predictable. What little story that
there was was very expected. Not my favourite but I think t
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
ONE TOO MANY LIES by L. A. Bowen (out Jan. 1st) is a young adult poetry read. When it came to the writing, I was so amazed! I found myself engrossed by the adolescence stories these 11th grade girls went through, and the book did feel like a lighter, shorter version of We Were Liars. The protagonist, Paige, who is the some narrator was very compelling and such an intriguing character to read. I definitely wish that this book lasted a bit longer, but other than, I think this is the perfect read f ...more
Chloe McPherson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall as a whole, I thought this story was okay, this was my first time reading a book in verse.
However I didn't feel like there was much too the story, like it was somewhat flat. For a short book, I couldn't really connect with the characters.

I was provided a copy from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Carol Caroline
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of poetry. I read this book cause the synopsis and the cover. But it surprises me. I never read a book wrote like a poetry that likes a romance book, but in verses. I really like it. It's short (for me), but well wrote. I thought that it was like the book "One Of Us Is Lying", but it is about the choices Paige for her life. It's really really good.
More review about this book in my blog:
Irene (thefictionthief)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-reviews
*I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A cautionary free-verse tale that I feel like I've already read so many times before.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
While I did like the story, I felt like it was way too short for the reader to connect to any of the characters. The ending left too much up for question and I was disappointed.
Julia Bragg
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-agian
wasn't expecting this book to be written in verse. Although it was a very quick read, I have no idea what I read. I finished it last night and I have no memory about anything related to this book.
Joel Descendant of Poseidon Reads
Lies. I did remember something about this. That somehow conflicates everything surrounding you with your friends and family.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
One Too Many Lives is a verse poetry novel centered around a group of adolescent girls and their experiences. The novel is fast and easy to read, being a fan of verse poetry the format overall proved to add to my reading experience, however, I can imagine that it could be jarring for some readers to get into. Personally, the main issue I had with this book was how the characters were integrated into the story. Some of the characters didn’t have a satisfying ending and so by the end of the novel ...more
I am quite obviously not the target audience for this book but I was intrigued by the blurb and really wanted to read it.
This is written entirely in verse but is very short.
Too short, in my opinion for the characters to have any real personality and didn’t appear to have much of a story and what it did have was sadly predictable.
Maris Marie

This book was not for me. The book is written in verse. I felt this could have been written better with more of a story to it. The book was not going anywhere with the characters or nothing too exciting happens.

Paige is the girl writing as if she is in her journal. She writes down everything that is going on around her. She and her two best friends tell little white lies to people around them i
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Darnell Wood
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
this book was ok.. it just didn't flow well for me. I don't really care for 1st person stories, so maybe that was the problem. I think so much more could have been said.
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!

I was initially drawn to this book because it is told in verse, but the reality of Paige’s story led me to finish it in one sitting. I was eager to find out the end of Paige’s story. Does she stand up for herself or let the peer pressure get the best of her?

In the end, Paige’s story is one that many teens can most likely relate to as they struggle to find themselves and handle constant peer pressure. This book packs a powerfu
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, a good, quick teen read. I didn’t put together this was a poetry book until I started reading and that’s outside my normal style, but it was interesting. The author did a good job of telling a fairly common themed teen story using a first person perspective through poetry. It read very quickly and was appropriate for a pretty wide age range of teens.

Thanks to Net Galley and the author for an ARC that I received in exchange for an honest review.
Alycia Canfield
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Dec 16, 2018
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