Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 8, 2016 by Amulet Books
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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—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to 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 seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
Seven Ways We Lie follows seven high school students in the midst of a school scandal. Each of the students has their own POV, are representative of one of the seven deadly sins.
I read Seven Ways We Lie last month and enjoyed it immensely. It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and I know it’ll be one of my favorite reads of the year! Since I enjoyed this so much, I want to tell y’all about it and give you five reasons you should read it.
“My body is not yours. I don’t owe you, I don’t owe boys some fucked-up compensation for my reputation, I don’t owe the public an apology for my personal life, I don’t owe anyone a goddamn thing”
READ IT BECAUSE:
1.Diversity – this book is hella diverse. There’s ethnic diversity, a pansexual character, an asexual character, and autism representation. Unlike the pansexual character, it is not explicitly stated in the book that the asexual character is ace, but in interviews the author does confirm it.
2.Feminist – Olivia, aka lust, is known at school because she casually sleeps around with guys. So many people judge her and make comments, but she continuously stands up for herself by talking about how it’s her body and she gets to make decisions about it, and that there’s nothing wrong with sleeping around. She also calls out the double standards between guys and girls and sleeping around.
3.None of the characters sound the same – Usually when a book has multiple povs, some of the characters start sounding the same. That is not the case here. Each character has their own personality and the writing is different for each of them. It’s so easy to tell which character’s chapter you’re reading.
4.Relatable characters – Even though each character represents one of the deadly sins, they are more than their sin, and are well rounded characters. They’re all inherently good people, but sometimes don’t handle things the right way, which is realistic. The characters are also going through difficult things in their personal lives that many readers can relate to – divorce, parents leaving, hiding your sexuality, etc.
5.The writing/the quotes – I LOVE Riley Redgate’s writing, there is so much highlighting in my book because there are so many quotes I love. Not only is it well written, there’s different styles of writing in the book. Juniper’s chapters are written in verse, which is a nice change from the normal narrative the rest of the chapter have.
“So hold on to one more day, that’s all you need, is to wake up and say, one more. And once you make it through you say it again, one more day (…) and before you know it you’ll have met so many wonderful people and discovered a million hidden things. All one day at a time.”
Let me know if you’ve read this already and what you thought of it! It’s such a good book y’all, I definitely recommend it!