Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Amulet Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
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Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
“All right,” I say, “Either the furnace is on over drive, or we’ve descended into the actual, literal fiery pits of hell.”
** I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book.**
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate is a young adult contemporary about a group of high school students, their lives and a shocking scandal at their school. I found it quite entertaining and gripping and has a great cast of characters that you can’t help but want to know more about.
First I will say this book has a lot of POV’s. Seven of them to be exact. Each character represents a deadly sin and must work through their own issues to eventually impact the overall story in some way.
Olivia and Kat (LUST & WRATH) are twin sisters both dealing with their mother leaving in two different ways. Olivia is exploring her sexual independence and Kat is hiding behind a computer screen and taking her anger out on Olivia.
Juniper (GREED), one of Olivia’s best friends is picture perfect on the outside. Perfect looks, perfect grades, perfect life. But what is not perfect is the secret she is hiding from everyone, one that could make or break someone’s life.
Claire (ENVY) is Olivia’s other best friend. No matter what she does, whether it be running student council, or being on every team or extracurricular activity, she never feels good enough. Her insecurities effect the way she thinks of herself and effects her actions in the process.
Lucas (GLUTTONY), Claire’s ex-boyfriend grew up in a shitty household. With very little money, he compensates by being his school’s drug dealer/alcohol provider. But that’s not all he’s hiding, he is also a pan-sexual.
Matt (SLOTH), Olivia’s project partner and Lucas’ number one customer finally finds a reason to open up his heart. With his parent’s at each others throats and his little brother in the middle of it all, he spends most of his time high and crushing on Olivia.
And finally, Valentine (PRIDE) the socially awkward kid in school. For what he lacks in social skills, he makes up for in academics. He catches the eye of Lucas, but doesn’t understand the reasons why. He struggles with making the right decision when he is the one who exposes the school scandal to the faculty. Does he go through with the doing the right thing, or save his new found “friends.”
All the characters portray their sins well and it was nice to see how their thoughts affected their actions in the story.
Now I’m not saying the book was bad at all. I rather enjoyed my reading experience with it. All I’m saying is the plot wasn’t very unique. The way it was executed with the seven deadly sins was though.
I haven’t read that many YA contemporaries, but the major plot line wasn’t anything new to me.
The other issue I had with the plot was that it doesn’t really get resolved by the end. I feel like the author tried to close off all the character’s stories, but fails to do so successfully. Some characters I am left wanting more out of their ending, but was left short.
Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Riley Redgate is an economics major at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her expected graduation date is May 21, 2016. She grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and hopes to work in a bookstore after college. Seven Ways We Lie is her first novel.