I received an arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
By the way, the book is getting released this Tuesday! (March, 8th)
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Genre: Contemporary, YA.
Pages: 352 pgs
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: 3.75 stars
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.
My opinion on the book:
Oh, the places a lie can get so many people. The story is pretty simple, and could happen in anyone’s school, which makes it an interesting one to think about. The story is very much straight forward, the story develops in a not so fast pace that it’s easy to follow, it’s dynamic and feels young, i enjoyed these facts of the book very much.
My biggest problem with the book though was the fact that it has seven, yes, seven POV, which at times made it difficult for me to remember who was talking, because most of the characters had the same “voice”, only one of the narrators could be distinguished easily, because her voice, Juniper’s, was so poetic.
The thing i liked the most about the book was how lovable were the characters, most of them, i enjoyed knowing about them, seeing them connect with each other, their relationships as much as the conversations felt natural and not forced at all.
I particularly enjoyed Olivia and Kat’s relationship with their father, and each one of them as a character.
Though i enjoyed the characters very much i felt like some of them weren’t developed enough, or that their topics weren’t treated enough. I liked Lucas storyline, but i wanted more from it. I totally think Valentine wasn’t developed enough, some stuff were left unsaid, and i felt like i really needed it to be said…
Some topics of LGBTIQA+ are touched on the book, which was about time, because without spoiling much, here we aren’t only talking about your regular LGBT stuff, but really, although it is an improvement, i think the storyline needed and could have been so much more than it was in the book.
Overall, the story isn’ too deep, but it’s youthful and fresh. It took me a little too much to engage on it, but when it did happen i couldn’t bring myself to put down the book. An easy and fun read for all of those who are looking for a not heartbreaking contemporary book.