Title: Seven Ways We Lie Author: Riley Redgate Publisher: Amulet Books Published: 8th March 2016 Pages: 352 Format: Hardback Source:: Netgalley Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
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.
When We All
One of the reasons that I got this book for review was because a lot of people I knew were talking about it and it sounded like a good read. So I’m happy to report that it is in fact a great read. It took me a short while to get into this book and to get the characters settled in my head but once that happened, I stormed my way through the book, loving it more and more as the story continued. I finished it feeling full of hope and happiness.
Seven Ways We Lie follows seven different and unique characters who all have their own personal demons (“sins”) that they’re fighting internally. Which, you may realise, makes this book very character driven as they all go on a journey whereby they become “better” people than they were at the start. I love these kinds of books but what I loved about this book was the way all the individual stories intermingled and collided and how all the characters helped each other along the way. It was such a brilliant plot device!
Who Will Put
As mentioned above, there is quite a few characters in this book so there is a real danger that they could all sound the same or merge together as one but fortunately this was not the case. Riley Redgate has done a fantastic job of keeping all the voices distinct and unique. I thought all the characters were really intriguing to read and I admittedly loved them all. However, my favourite was definitely Olivia Scott. Not sure exactly why but I just loved her that little bit more.
Us Back Together
Upon finishing this book, I exclaimed on twitter about how I really enjoyed it – and I really did. It was well written, addictive, enthralling and just kept me wanting to go back for more. It had a fascinating plot that unveiled in a very intriguing way. I also loved how diverse this book was. So, if you’re looking for a fast=paced and captivating book the you should definitely give this book a go!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **