Convince Me To Read (5): Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Posted March 12, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (5): Seven Ways We Lie by Riley RedgateSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Amulet Books on March 8th 2016
ISBN: 1419719440
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ebook

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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.

Jamie’s review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Check out our interview with Riley!

“Hearts fit together like hands. Not by necessity. By choice.” p. 338

I really enjoyed this one and if you are looking for your next contemporary read you should take a gander at this one. Redgate places the Seven Deadly Sins in characters a way that makes them feel realistic and you feel sympathy and want to see them grow out of this One Thing that these characters have become to be something more. But the anger, the gluttony, the jealousy — all of it felt so natural and so real that I realized we are all these characters in some way, shape, or form and that’s OKAY. Sure, we shouldn’t be angry all the time, or indulge in everything that we find, but we can do it to a certain extent.

I liked the pacing of this one — it takes place over a couple weeks but it feels like so much longer because so much happens to the characters during this time. I liked that things happened slowly but also all at once. I also didn’t feel like I was confused about the time that it took to have things develop. The flow and progression is clear in Redgate’s writing.

I think it was so interesting to see each of these characters as a personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins because it helped us instantly connect to them to know a bit about the direction of their story. All of the character arcs were well thought out and I liked that while they started off one way, they all became something else. They didn’t just stay as the stereotypes or the Sins they were committing because that’s not how people are. Everyone is a little bit of everything and people change and grow. I think this book perfectly demonstrates how to navigate being 17. I really enjoyed learning Kat’s and Matt’s story as it went along. I liked seeing both of them come out of this shell of loneliness and desperation to open up to people who cared about them. Matt also had great one liners that make me actually laugh out loud so that was nice.

The only thing I didn’t like was Juniper’s povs. They were hard to read at some points, especially the first couple, because they are so different from everyone else’s. Which was a good thing because SHE was different, but it was hard to get into the flow with them and by the time I did, it was over and I had to start the process over again in the next one.

I also would have liked a bit more of Burke and maybe more of Lucas and his money making business. But I did like that his “Greed” was more than just with money, I thought that was interesting!

Overall this is a heartwarming, funny, and honest debut that looks at more than just the emotions we are feeling but also how that affects other people. It also looks at the disconnect between how we are feeling and what is actually happening because we are so cocooned in our emotions and feelings that we forget about other people’s emotions. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care, just that we are wrapped up in our little worlds that we have the tendency to not think about other people or put ourselves in their shoes.

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SEVEN WAYS WE LIE really surprised me so I think Dani and Iris will both enjoy it. While all of us typically enjoy Fantasy more than anything else, I think Dani and Iris will see the merit of this contemporary novel that is really real. Dani and Iris will both be able to connect to each of the characters in some way or another. I think they will both really like Lucas (as did I) and absolutely adore Olivia. I do really hope they both pick it up as I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed SEVEN WAYS WE LIE!


About Riley Redgate

Hey, hi. Riley here. I am a(n):

—YA novelist
—Shark enthusiast
—Economics major at Kenyon
—Also a classical pianist & singer-songwriter
—I am a human person comprised primarily of soft tissue, and by golly, I hazard a guess you are, too. we have so much in common.
—So look, when I was like 15, someone messaged me on fanfiction dot net telling me that the “sheer amount of stupid” on my profile guaranteed that they would never read my work
—Clearly, I have not learned my lesson
—I hope you’re having a really good day!

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