PUBLISHER: Barrington Stoke
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary
Violet’s mum hasn’t been herself for a while. A few too many glasses of wine in the evening. Mornings when she can’t get out of bed. Now Violet’s the one looking after her little brother and looking out for empty bottles in Mum’s bag. But it’s just another little blip. Mum will be fine again soon. She has to be … How long do blips last for? Bestselling author Eve Ainsworth tackles the difficult subject of alcohol addiction in this stark, honest and deeply moving novella. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+
As always, Eve Ainsworth has crafted a wonderful novella with characters that you really warm to and empathise with. Despite a pretty heavy topic, Just Another Little Lie is accessible and enjoyable to read, and I flew through it. I really liked Violet as a character and was really rooting for her throughout; she’s put in a very difficult situation. Unfortunately, although this is a work of fiction, it’s something that some teens will relate to, and I think that’s a real testament to Eve’s writing; even if it’s with different situations for some, the emotions and the actions Violet takes are very easy to understand.
Eve is the perfect author for Barrington Stoke; her books are so character driven and she manages to get so much content into such a short book, and I love how this content is being made more accessible to different readers. I very much looked forward to reading this as I enjoyed her previous title with Barrington Stoke (Because of You) and how it’s less daunting than a full-size novel.
I’d highly recommend Just Another Little Lie for fans of UKYA as well as teens looking for something different to read; I’ve not really come across this topic in YA for a while and the messages are very useful for so many situations.