Saturday, December 12, 2015

Review of Young Adult Contemporary SEVEN WAYS WE LIE

So, I've read some pretty good YA lately. Below is one of them, so make sure to check this book out!


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.

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I LOVED this book. I thought this was a great contemporary YA, with a bit (just a bit) of romance thrown in there. In this book the author does a tremendous job of portraying teenage angst without being whiny and annoying.

SEVEN  WAYS WE LIE follows seven main characters and is written in all of their alternating POV's. Riley Redgate takes us through this high school journey -- second half of junior year for this particular group of students and does a tremendous job of letting us into their heads. Each one of these teens has their own share of problems to deal with. They each are going through something, and each one copes differently--with alcohol, harboring their feelings with anger, gaming, smoking weed. I thought it was hugely realistic and the title doesn't just state the obvious. This book isn't just literally about the ways we lie to others, but more importantly, about the ways we lie to ourselves. How we let our pride or greed and our stupid human emotions we cannot control get in the way of doing what is right for ourselves (and sometimes others) and how we can so easily mask our emotions.

Riley Redgate writes in a fresh voice. Sort of John Green except way less pretentious and more unique because ALL of his books sound exactly the same, whereas, I don't think that will be the case with this author. The books was also reminiscent to The Breakfast Club. At least to me, anyway.

Sooo. This is a definite 5 statrs!!

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