Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (Book Review)


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.

Publisher: Amulet Books
Publishing Date: March 8, 2016
Page Count: 352

I was kindly provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I am not going to lie, Seven Ways We Lie took me a little by surprise! From the beginning I thought that the premise sounded interesting, but I couldn’t yet picture what the final work would look like. Seven different POVs are a lot, but somehow they worked perfectly with each other – every character having its own unique and distinct voice. The chapters all had a good length, keeping the novel fast paced and at a nice and steady flow. Usually with so many different people, there ought to be one or two characters whose chapters you dread, but I didn’t really feel that way. Maybe Juniper’s voice was the one I liked least because I am not a huge fan of lyrical prose, but it was done well, so I can’t complain about that one either. They all had something about their story that made them incredibly relatable, even when you didn’t like them in some moments. Here’s a little break-down of the characters:

  • Olivia Scott: A girl who has to deal with the aftermath of her sexual choices.
  • Kat Scott: The girl who simply cannot let go of her anger.
  • Matt Jackson: The boy who tries to numb his life, so that he doesn’t have to participate.
  • Juniper Kipling: The perfect girl with the perfect life, who’s world is about to crumble.
  • Valentine Simmons: The boy with superior intelligence except for when it comes to social interactions.
  • Claire Lombardi: The girl who constantly needs to compare her life, her choices, her success to others.
  • Lucas McCallum: The boy with the brightest smile and biggest secrets. (My favourite, if I had to pick one! He’s totally the kind of person you would want in your life!)

I am well aware that each one of them was supposed to represent one of the deadly sins, but in the end I think some sins were more prominent than others. Anger, envy and pride were definitely the ones that struck me as the most intense ones, but that could just be because those were the storylines/characters I connected most with.

I love how everything started slowly intertwining with each other. In the beginning I wondered if the student-teacher-romance would be weird or strange, but in fact was done very well. A little bit like it was in Pretty Little Liars with Ezra and Aria, people certainly don’t mind them dating. There was even one point where I thought that the theme song of the show would fit in perfectly. However, that doesn’t mean the book is like the show or vice-versa. It just showed how one comment can spiral into something way bigger, how lives can be ruined by a little mistake. Also, it perfectly captured friendship and forgiveness and redemption.

In the end I can’t quite pinpoint why I didn’t give it 5 stars, but sometimes there is just that gut feeling that tells you so. It wrapped up quite nicely and the only thing missing was Lucas and Valentine in the final scene, but maybe that would have been too cheesy. It was such a great debut and I hope that many of you will read it!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! It’s a really enjoyable and real story of seven teens and I’d recommend it to all fans of the YA Contemporary genre!


So, I am totally slaying my January TBR right now! What did you think of my review? Is this book for you?

44 thoughts on “Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (Book Review)

  1. One of the thing that scared me the most about reading this book, was ALL those POV. I’m not the biggest fan of multiple POV, especially when there are A LOT of those. But I’m so happy to hear that it didn’t bother you, and that there weren’t some characters you couldn’t stand. I think I should like this one, let’s hope so! 😀

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    • Yeah, I am still not really a fan of the whole multiple-POV-thing, but it wasn’t that bad in this book. It’s probably because it was very quick and short in general, it didn’t bother me that much. Still, I have no idea why they are pushing that so much!


  2. I can handle multiple POV if there’s a unity in the story, so this one sounds wonderful! I love the premise so much, and how the old deadly sins can translate to modern life. Love this review, thanks for sharing it, Kat!

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    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I also like it when POVs actually make sense and fit together and I think that was definitely the case here. It’s like it went from one POV to the next and that’s what kept the story going mostly.


    • I think the POVs worked great, especially because they all were really different characters and you could easily distinguish their voices, but at the same time they were all interwoven with each other.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!


    • Thanks! I hope you’ll like it too! I think it was a teenager-y but very fun read. I just hope that people don’t expect too much of it. Some things are really predictable (like who is having the relationship), but I still think it was executed very well!

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  3. I wasn’t sure how successful this book would be at pulling off the whole “Seven Deadly Sins” thing would be since there were so many other Seven Deadly Sins-type stories that I really enjoyed (and so many others where the character voices just blended together), but I’m so excited to read this now! I’m really glad that the voices were distinct, even if some were more defined than others. I’m glad you liked this one! 😀

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    • I have to say that the deadly sins weren’t really the main focus for me. It’s just that the characters have very prominent main emotions and those are supposed to correlate with the sins. I did not actually associate it with them personally though, so I am not sure how successful or unsuccessful that theme was really put in action. I, however, really liked it and the way it was differentiated between the different voices.
      Thanks for stopping by :D!

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  4. I love this book to pieces! Like you, I feel like there’s something missing when I get to the end that I found it hard to give it five stars, but it’s definitely one of my favourite books. The seven characters have distinct voices, and the multiple POV was handled very well by the author. I also agree with what you said regarding the sins, how some were easily distinguishable while others were subtle (like Gluttony took me ages). Great review Kat!

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    • Thank you so much! I am happy we agree with each other 🙂 Gluttony took me forever as well! But the fact that the seven POVs were actually really different was one of the aspects I really liked the most, and that it had such a nice flow. Thank you for stopping by 😀

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