Finished Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl’s discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community.
Nobody in Beckett’s life seems to be telling the whole story. Her boyfriend Jake keeps hiding texts and might be cheating on her. Her father lied about losing his job before his shocking death. And everyone in school seems to be whispering about her and her family behind her back.
But none of that compares to the day Beckett finds the body of a newborn baby in a gym bag-Jake’s gym bag -on the floor of her high school locker room. As word leaks out, rumors that Beckett’s the mother take off like wildfire in a town all too ready to believe the worst of her. And as the police investigation unfolds, she discovers that everyone has a secret to hide and the truth could alter everything she thought she knew.”
This was one of my most anticipated books this year, and it didn’t disappoint.
I immediately loved Beckett. She’s prickly and she doesn’t take anything at face value–seriously, not ever; she is the actual definition of “trust but verify” and I over-relate–and she is thrust into a completely impossible situation. She finds a dead baby, which is traumatic enough, but it’s in her boyfriend’s duffel bag. And, of course, it takes no time for everyone to assume that she’s the baby’s mom.
It’s not surprising that the baby (soon dubbed Lullaby Doe by Twitter, because of course it was) becomes more of a symbol than a person who died about as soon as she was born. That was the hardest part to read for me, because very few people actually seemed to understand that Lullaby Doe was a person, even if only for a few seconds, and she wasn’t part of any type of crusade. (I should also note that she was stillborn. Yes, her body was hidden, but it’s not one of those things where someone gives birth at prom and kills the just-born baby.)
This book is so tense and it was impossible to stop reading. This will be one of my favorites this year. Highly recommended.