A Little Less Girl

A Little Less Girl

by Tess Oliver
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A Little Less Girl by Tess Oliver

Everything has always come easy to Jake West. But when Amy, the girl obsessed with him, commits suicide, the entire town of Raynesville is quick to blame Jake. Now Amy's cousin, Dani, has moved into town. And suddenly Jake has an obsession of his own.
Dani Spencer has always dreamed of a home and normal life. When her beloved cousin and grandmother die, her wild, impetuous mother inherits their house in Raynesville. With Amy's diary in hand, Dani intends on finding out what happened to her cousin. And there's an obvious place to start . . . Jake West, the guy who broke Amy's heart.


Dani stayed next to me. "He thinks you are the greatest person in the world."

"Actually, I think you've replaced me in that category," I said quietly.

"Not true."

I surrendered to my urge and turned to look at her. Our faces were close. I lost myself in her dark brown eyes. A slight breeze blew through the trees and dislodged a strand of hair from her pony tail. It fell across her cheek, and the end tickled the jagged scar on her chin. My breathing sped up. Her nearness was pushing on my chest like a lead blanket.

"Be careful not to hurt Blister," I said. "Things don't always go the way he wants. He takes stuff pretty hard."

"I would never hurt him."

"Why did you tell him that your scars were from a dog bite?"

"Maybe it wasn't a lie."

"People who've been bitten by a dog are generally pretty scared when a snarling one comes barreling at them."

She shrugged. "We all deal with our fears in a different way. Some of us prefer to confront them head on."

"That's bull."

"Not all of us grow up in a charmed life."

The loose strand waved over her lips and without thinking I reached up and brushed it off her face. My finger tips grazed her lips. She stared up at me with that same look of anger, hurt and confusion I'd seen before. Her mouth quivered as if she wanted to speak but couldn't. She didn't need to. I knew the question on her lips. Why'd you do it?

I dragged my gaze from hers. "It was five stupid words. Amy was never supposed to hear them." My thoughts finally broke free, words I'd wanted to say to Dani since she'd walked into class. "I had no idea she was behind me, or I never would have said it." My jaw clenched as I thought about that day. I'd been set up by my own friends. They knew Amy was standing nearby. "It was too late. She'd heard me and when I saw the hurt expression on her face, I wanted to throw my fist through a wall. It was one of those regretful moments in life you can't take back."

Dani was staring up at me. It was obvious she was assessing how much of my confession was the truth. But it was all true. "You were her romantic hero."

I looked away. "They only exist in books."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012990174
Publisher: Tess Oliver
Publication date: 08/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 482,665
File size: 3 MB

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A Little Less Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 407 reviews.
JLMaughan More than 1 year ago
Love how this author shows 2 sides to everystory, including the cousin who died. It is a fantastic portrayal of humans who are not perfect and that we are all worth forgiving and loving no matter what we look like, or how much money we make. Each book I read of Tess Oliver's I wish that she had 20 more books under her name because you learn to love a little more with each one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down! I read it in 1 DAY ! I was only disappointed when I realized I' d reach the last page. I still wanted story to continue. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I had doubts about this book, wondering if it was really worth the read. And it turns out it was. Really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance. Started reading this at maybe 2 a.m. and am now finsishing at 6 in the morning. Love this book. Mad props for the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book and it has 499 pages for only .99 cents great deal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Its a quick, easy read. I couldn't put this book down. I had to get it after reading the free sample. I was drawn into the story from the very first line and had to see how the story developed. I had to gind out what really happened to Amy and how Jake and Dani would get along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It kept me going as an adult but had very little inappropriate content. I would allow my 13 and 15 year old to read it. No sex, very little cursing and great mystery/story line. I definately would suggest it. It is the cleanest book by Oliver that I have read. This book got me started reading Oliver's work, but this one I enjoyed the most due to the lack of inappropriate material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good and well-written. The characters were fantastic and i fell in love with every single one. The plot line is completely original and i could not put the book down. There is only one badnthing i can say about the book. Dani's sole purpose was to figure out what really happened to amy. At the end when you figure out what happens, the plot feels very rushed. The author easily couldve elaborated and not all the ends were tied upsmoothly and effectively. Still a great book i wouldnreccomend to anyone. P.s. i saw someone ask if it was age appropriate for a twelve year old and the answer is absolutely. Light kissing and some mildly mature themes is about as bad as it gets. Im thirteen and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put this book down. An awesome suspenseful romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say I red an excerpt of this book in another nook book I borrowed from a friend and it sounded interesting. I generally don't do teenage reads but this interested me. I very much enjoyed the intrigue, suspense, mystery and the who did it with romance in too boot. Enjoyed it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutly wonderful! I read it in a single night. It is now one of my faves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I picked up a few hidden meanings I think. No unanswered questions at all. Fabulous plot that will have you finishing the book in no time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this book! (: read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a sweet romance/ mistery story! Had a hard time putting it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive noticed a lotta 12 yr. kids interested in olivers books, and i would say that this and safe landing r ok. Safe landing has very intense lang. so be carful with safe landing. I love olivers work, soi think u will 2.have fun readin Suggest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh em geeeeee. This book was too amazing. I couldnt get enough of it. I would wait all day for school to end so that i could come home and curl up and continue reading! Can Jake be real, please? This book has so many twists in the plot, keeping you on edge while you make assumptions, have them be proven wrong, and then make more! I would recommend it to anyone. Tess Oliver did a nice job :)
Hanna_Bolin More than 1 year ago
She has a way of expressing emotions and moving scenes along with fluidity that keeps you turning the pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in a single.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was awesome! I litteraly read it in one day. I couldnt stop reading it. The end is something you would never expect! They should totally make a movie out of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is utterly amazing i could not put it down. Yes it wasthat good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by Tess Oliver, but it isn't likely to be my last. I really enjoyed following Dani's efforts into uncovering the mystery of her cousin's death. While it was identified as a suicide, caused by cruel words murmured by the local heartthrob, Dani knew better. She and het mother moved to the town where her cousin died, which gave her the perfect opportunity to check out the locals and conduct her own investigation. The author weaves the life of Dani's mother in as the story develops, demonstrating the changes in their relationship which allows the reader to have evidence of the contrast of Dani's life before and after the move. And...what's a good whodunnit among high schoolers without some envy, a couple of love hits and misses, and serious drama?! Tess Oliver included enough of every element to keep it interesting. This page turner is appropriate for teens, but not so simple that adults are left wondering why on EARTH they chose to read it. TWO THUMBS UP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I loved it, it took me two days to read because i just couldnt put it down. If u r looking 4 a similar book read Chasing Mcree
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read tons of books, and tend to forget about them as months pass. This book does not fall under that category! MUST READ! Great story line!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely lived this book. Could not put it down. It was one if the best books i have read on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first word of the book to the last, I just knew that I would fall in love! I loved how the author, Tess Oliver, incorporated all the different emotions of all the people who had effected Dani's late cousin, Amy's, life. I also enjoyed the two sided story line, between Jake and Dani. But in the end, I have to say that my favorite part had to be the mystery in it all. Whether Amy really killed herself or was it caused because of someone else? Or just maybe the rumors are true and Jake was what caused Amy's life to end. I highly recomend this book because, you can't help but fall in love. <3 ;D BTW my name is Danielle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
499 pgs a must read. A touching story great for young and older book lovers