Title: Seven Ways We Lie
Author: Riley Redgate
Expected Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: ABRAMS Kids
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Summary: 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.
A huge thank you to ABRAMS Kids and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy for reviewing.
Seven high school stereotypes as the seven deadly sins. I love any story that has to do with characters alluding to the seven deadly sins. I was kind of hesitant to dive into it after realizing that there’d be seven POV’s in one 300-some page book. Daunting. But in the end, the pieces worked together to make a lovely and perfectly whole heptagon.
The exploration of diverse and often times stigmatized individuals is such a welcome change in this day and age, especially for teens who may be going through similar things as the ones in this book. The characters are unique, yet we see them in ourselves, past or present, or in people we know. The author writes them in a way that’s not in-your-face; she explores these characters and quietly, subtly puts their truths, or “sins”, on display while avoiding turning them into clichés common in YA. It does read like a character study at times as I saw stated in one review, but I feel like that helps to reach into the head space of each individual and understand where they’re coming from instead of exaggerating them over lines and lines of dramatic dialogue.
Instead of just throwing seven random characters together in the middle of a scandal, what happened was an intricate weaving; a connection forming right before the reader’s eyes towards that inevitable blow. It was like watching an ill-fated tragedy, seeing exactly how everything plays out seconds before the wreckage you know is about to happen. And the aftermath is something I’ll just leave for you to experience when this book comes out.
I can’t give enough praise to Redgate and her debut. Seriously, take all 5 stars, take a thousand of them. And sure, what the hell– take my heart, too. I’ll be fine without it (I’m not fine, though. I’m still reeling).
It’s poignant, it’s emotional, and it’s real. This is a book that this generation needs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Riley Redgate is a senior economics major at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her expected graduation date is May 21, 2016. Seven Ways We Lie is her first novel. She grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and hopes to work in a bookstore after college. (via Indigo)