From bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a gripping and heartfelt story about a girl faced with a shocking revelation when her mom dies and she's forced to move in with her father's “real” family.
Michaela is a junior in high school, living with her single mom. Her dad lives a few towns away and she only sees him on holidays and birthdays. They barely know each other, but Michaela is so close with her mom that she's never minded.
That is, until her mom dies suddenly, and Michaela has to move in with her dad . . . who reveals he's been married with kids all this time and she's the product of an affair. Before she can even grieve her mother, Michaela is thrust into a strange house with a stepmom and three half siblings. Including her new sister Emery, who is less than thrilled at the prospect of sharing her room. Especially when they both try out for the school musical and Emery's theater star ex-boyfriend suddenly seems interested in Michaela.
Can Michaela find a way to make a home with a family who didn't ask for her in the first place?
Rachel Vincent is the author of Every Single Lie, No One is Alone, and several bestselling, pulse-pounding series for teens and adults. A former English teacher and a champion of the serial comma, Rachel has written more than twenty novels and remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy. Rachel shares her home in Oklahoma with three cats, two grown children, and her husband, who's been her number-one fan from the start.
“Vincent's (Every Single Lie) imperfect characters are compassionately drawn, presenting a nuanced picture of one teen's feelings of displacement amid grief and guilt.” —Publishers Weekly
“Vincent unpacks Michaela's journey through complicated family dynamics and the never-linear trajectory of grief in this tender, emotional story of perseverance.” —Booklist
“The family dynamic is interesting, the problems the family faces are real, and each member is well-defined and relatable.” —School Library Connection
“Discussions of familial responsibility, guilt, and the varied forms grief can take are realistic and well done. The explorations of the impacts of infidelity and hiding the truth are equally intriguing. . . . Well-drawn, well-developed characters make this a worthwhile read.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Raw, real, and utterly gripping, Every Single Lie is part page-turning mystery, part heart-rending character study. A staggering portrait of family trauma and resilience in small-town America.” —Jennifer Lynn Barnes, New York Times bestselling author of THE INHERITANCE GAMES, on EVERY SINGLE LIE
“A razor-sharp mystery that speaks critically about the cruel corners of social media and small-town biases. . . . Enough twists and turns that there is no way to stop turning the pages.” —Booklist, starred review, on EVERY SINGLE LIE
“A carefully detailed portrait of a fraying family, a scathing look at small-town rumors, and a blunt critique of social media's rapid, rabid tendencies.” —Kirkus Reviews on EVERY SINGLE LIE
“Vincent's thriller is an action-packed yet emotional novel that demonstrates just how toxic rumors can be. . . . A realistic and gripping contemporary novel that many teens will thoroughly enjoy.” —School Library Journal on EVERY SINGLE LIE
“Beckett's nonstop sleuthing and memorable voice--alternatively witty and vulnerable, coolheaded and fiery--keep the pages turning.” —Publishers Weekly on EVERY SINGLE LIE
“A compelling story about how much we can miss about people, even those we love, and the price that can exact.” —BCCB on EVERY SINGLE LIE