I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Amulet Books on March 8, 2016
Genres: LGBT, Literary, Social & Family Issues, Teen, Young Adult
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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.
Seven Ways We Lie is such a good example of why adults like Young Adult fiction. Rich, detailed and full of emotion I was amazed that this was written by a young women who will not graduate college until two months after publication. Focusing on seven students at Paloma High School, each has their own issues they hide deep. And as the title indicates, each is indicative of one of the seven deadly sins. As a scandal burns through the school the seven are tied together in unexpected ways.
The world built was very real, social structures are in place and it is very “high school”. The pacing was quick and spot on. I was never lost and all timelines meshed. The plot was a delight, a very fresh take on a YA story. The characters and the writing set Seven Ways We Lie apart. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and the writing shifts to match each. That is a hard thing to do well for a seasoned writer and Riley Redgate does it superbly well in her debut. I particularly enjoyed one of the characters chapters as they were done in a poem-like manner and were very lyrical.
Seven Ways We Lie is a remarkable debut and Riley Redgate is an author to watch. As she grows I can only imagine how her talent will expand. If it is this good now, I greatly await seeing what the future will bring.
Favorite lines – I think I’m beginning to understand how hearts fit together. Not like diseased carnations that lean against their crutches. Not like vines that twine tight, throttling their hosts. But like two trees: two systems of deep, untangled roots, two patterns of flowering branches, whose leaves drink their own sunlight and breathe their own air. Two trees with something slung between them, a hammock or a tapestry or a swing, some third, beautiful thing that neither would die without. Hearts fit together like hands. Not by necessity. By choice.
Biggest cliché – “Her life looks so perfect. She is so lucky she has no issues.”
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