Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie
Riley Redgate
Genre: Young-adult, Contemporary
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.

This book. Wow. This book was surprisingly good. Like what I keep saying over and over again, Contemporary is the least genre I like but ironically, this is also one of the genre I've read that hasn't angered and disappoints me(I hope I don't jinx my luck by mentioning it). Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I've not read that many books in this genre. But right now, I'm just so glad I've got the chance to read Seven Ways We Lie. I regret that I wasn't able to read it right after getting a copy from Netgalley.

One of the best thing about this book that captured my interest was the fact that it is narrated in not 2 or 3 but 7 POV's. And mind you, it was done wonderfully well. The author has given them different and unique personalities that made them remarkable and realistic. You would've probably guess(with its striking cover) that each character represents the 7 deadly since, a fresh take in this genre if you ask me, made it more unique and interesting. Although the book didn't actually broaden the sins as I expected it to be, it still didn't disappoints as the problems and issues included were crazily good and relatable AF.
"Sometimes you go a long time having fooled yourself into thinking that you're as grown-up as you'll ever be, or that you're more mature than the rest of the world thinks you are, and you live in this state of constant self-assurance, and for a while nothing can upset your pedestal you've built for yourself, because you imagine yourself to be so capable"
Ha! You said it buddy.

Now, let's get to the part that messed this book up for me that I ended up giving it a 3 star rating after my love for this book. It wasn't because of the scandal that was tackled in the book. I think it was perfectly Ok and handled with sensitivity that I don't think it was a big deal at all. It was mostly because I felt robbed! I was enjoying the book so much, devouring the words per pages, then all of sudden, everyone seems to have realized their mistakes so fast. It's like someone slapped reason to their faces that they suddenly realized where they doing it wrong.
"I should have realized it before, realized that I spend every second trying to escape myself. I'm all I've got anymore, and I don't even want me."
It would have been touching, if not because of the fact that everyone realized their mistakes at the same time, and I'm not just talking in a literal matter. I mean, the trigger wasn't that believable and besides, I think it's anticlimactic.

But regardless of my problems, I still enjoy this book a lot and I definitely recommend it to everyone. If I, who don't usually read contemporary YA book liked it, I'm betting those who loved this genre will loved this book even more!

P.S My favorite POV was from Matt! The guy's deep, or was it the pot?

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Hey, hi. Riley here. I am a(n):

—YA novelist
—Shark enthusiast
—Economics major at Kenyon
—Also a classical pianist & singer-songwriter
—I am a human person comprised primarily of soft tissue, and by golly, I hazard a guess you are, too. we have so much in common.
—So look, when I was like 15, someone messaged me on fanfiction dot net telling me that the "sheer amount of stupid" on my profile guaranteed that they would never read my work
—Clearly, I have not learned my lesson
—I hope you're having a really good day!

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