Published by Amulet Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
Hey guys! Today, I will be reviewing my favorite book of 2016 so far: Seven Ways We Lie!!! This book was incredible!
WHAT I LIKED
The element with the sins. Each character was based off one of the seven deadly sins. I had so much fun trying to figure out which character was which sin and seeing how that played out. I still can’t figure out some of them!
The characters. The people in this story were FLAWED and REALISTIC! I found a small piece of myself in every single one of these characters. I can’t possibly pick a favorite because I love them all so much! Their problems were super realistic and relatable. The characters were the driving force of this novel and they excelled!
The romance. The main romance in Seven Ways We Lie was between Matt and Olivia. This isn’t a spoiler; the romance starts right away. Oh my gosh, I LOVED them together! They complimented each other perfectly and it gave me so many FEELS! I shipped them from the very beginning and was so, so, so happy when they got together in the end.
The diversity. LET’S HEAR IT FOR AN OPEN PANSEXUAL CHARACTER. AND A NON-OPEN BUT OBVIOUS ASEXUAL CHARACTER! Seriously guys, this book was so diverse. It brought joy to my heart.
The writing. Riley Redgate is a beautiful writer! She made me feel deeply for all the characters and I rooted for them throughout the book. One thing I loved about her writing was her ability to differentiate the characters. They each had unique voices that didn’t overshadow each other!
The female empowerment. Olivia was a bad-ass bitch who OWNED her sexuality! People judged her for her actions as teenagers do, but she didn’t let them get to her! This was so refreshing from what I normally see in the YA books that I read.
Juniper’s POV specifically. At first, I didn’t understand this choice. All of the chapters were in prose except for Juniper, whose chapters were in poetry. Beautiful poetry, might I add. In the end, this decision came to make sense seeing how the story revolved around Juniper. View Spoiler »It made her stand out from the others. This was a good choice because she was the student in the scandal! « Hide Spoiler
Literally everything. This book gave me a feeling that I can’t even describe. It was just too perfect! I loved everything about this book. All around a FABULOUS book!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
The way the teacher-student romance was handled. I felt that the way this was handled at their school was very unrealistic. Normally, problems like this aren’t publicized and debated like this. However, this didn’t affect the story. This wasn’t a large problem and probably won’t affect my rating. To be honest, I feel the need to include something negative about every book because I’m critical like that.
(Thanks so much to the lovely Alex @ Fiery Reads for letting me borrow her amazing review system! I added the diversity and romance sections plus a few things but the rest is hers!)
HOLY SHIT, guys! This book was so amazing! It’s the best book I’ve read so far that pubs in 2016! Please, please, I’m begging you, buy this book! Request it on NetGalley! READ IT!!!!!!!!!