Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
2 out of 5 stars.
“We are always moving forward. We are hurtling through our lives. We are never standing still.”
Goodreads Description: 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.
I was given an opportunity by the publisher Amulet Books via NetGalley to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Seven Ways We Lie is told in seven different points of view. I have a love/dislike for multiple points of view in books. If done right, it can be amazing. For Seven Ways We Lie though, it was a little hard to really connect with all the different characters and POVs. A lot of the characters sounded really familiar and sometimes I had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to remember who’s POV I was in the middle of. I think that it could have been done so much better.
Connecting with the characters was pretty hard for me. There wasn’t one that I genuinely really liked. Each character is struggling through their own problem throughout the book while the entire school is also speculating who is involved in the student-teacher affair. There is so much going on and the author literally threw almost every single high school stereotype into one book. Even with so much going on, it was pretty boring a lot of the time.
I guess I expected something completely different when I read the description of this book. It seemed really promising, but I don’t think that it was executed as well as it could have been. Maybe a few less POVs would have given more time for each character and more time to really connect with them. The whole teacher-student scandal thing was basically all of the students trying to guess who was involved and there really wasn’t much a of teacher-student scandal really happening in the pages. It happened, but it wasn’t something actively going on.
I was confused by the entire thing, to be honest. There were some okay parts and it did leave me wanting to continue to the end. It seemed interesting and I can see why a lot of people really like this book and will like this book. This was a book that just wasn’t for me. If you are interested in this book, it will be released on March 8th! Just because it wasn’t a book for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be for you! 🙂 I am glad I was given the chance to read it though, so thank you again to Amulet Books and Netgalley!
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