Review ~ Seven Ways We Lie

Posted March 28, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 41 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ Seven Ways We LieSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Harry N. Abrams on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
4.5 Stars

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 a little worried when I started this one because while I like multiple POVs in general, seven POVs scared me. While it is a lot of POVs I do think they all worked pretty well and wasn’t confusing at all. There were some pretty big issues and themes that were addressed – divorce, absentee parents, sexuality, drinking – as well as some normal high shool stuff that maybe isn’t as heavy. I thought a lot of what was covered seemed realistic enough and handled well. There was also a teacher/student scandal but it wasn’t as scandalous to me but did serve to push the whole story along.

Let’s talk the seven characters a little shall we!

Characters I Liked

I have to say I liked most of the seven. I loved Olivia. She really seemed like a good friend, good sister, and good daughter. Her home life left a lot to be desired with her mom ditching out on them, her dad there but not really and her sister Kat, not dealing well with it all. I think her outlet was her relationships – and I am using that loosely – with guys. She seemed like she was being safe with it all but endured some definite slut shaming. She handled it all much better than I ever could and was proud to see how she handled herself. Matt was kind of the outcast stoner. At first, I thought he was going to be a total jerk but he was a good guy. Didn’t like when people picked on others. He also had a shitty home life but tried to shelter his little brother from it all. I was totally rooting for him to get with his crush as the story went on. Lucas was a swimmer with a secret. He was dealing with his sexuality which no one knew. He was also the local pot and alcohol hook up which served his bank account and spending habit well. But besides all that he was so positive and happy no matter what happened. I loved when it was his POV or he was in the story.

Character I Liked with a POV I Didn’t

Juniper. Amazing character. She was strong, stood up for what was right when there was bullying, smart. She had her own issues going on that she kept to herself causing lots of excess drinking. My problem was I hated her chapters. It was in verse and totally didn’t work for me. Still I loved reading about her in other chapters.

Characters I Was Neutral On

Kat, Olivia’s sister, was fine. She was angry at her mom leaving whether she realized it or not and was just plain mean at times. Still, I could understand where it all stemmed. Valentine (who is a boy) was the kind of weird super smart kid. His storyline mostly intersected with Lucas so I enjoyed his chapters.

Characters I Wanted to Punch in the Face

Claire was a nightmare. She was a shitty friend, did some awful things and I could have done without her altogether. Yeah, she realized what she did wrong by the end but who cares. She made me pretty angry and glad there were fewer chapters from her than the others.

It was good to see that not every character had the typical HEA but all storylines were resolved. If you liked multiple POVs with interconnecting storylines, some drama and teacher/student relationships don’t bother you,  definitely pick this one up.



Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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41 responses to “Review ~ Seven Ways We Lie

  1. I haven’t see this before now but I love your review and I think this is one that I would enjoy as well!

    Oh and I watched The Family over the weekend, thank you so much for the recommendation, I love it! I can’t wait for the next episode. I’m already hooked. 😉
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  2. I just heard about this book last week. It sounds very interesting. I love multiple perspectives, and I like the 7 deadly sins aspect that Lauren (Bookmark Lit) mentioned. How interesting that you enjoyed the character but not the writing for some chapters. I’m not a huge fan of verse either.
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  3. I love multi-POV books… but student/teacher romantic relationships, not so much. I saw this book in the bookstore and the cover is SO pretty in person. I love the bright colors of the name tags. It definitely made me interested in reading it. If the teacher thing isn’t THAT big a part of the plot, I think I could prob look past it and give this one a shot 🙂
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  4. I admit that I felt the same way about this one at first. I normally hate it when authors insert too many POV’s. But I think the author worked hard to create different voices for all of them and I ended up loving the book. God, Claire was AWFUL!!! I despised how she slut shamed her best friend. My God, I wanted to punch her in the face so hard every single time she spoke or thought anything. She was the only character that I really hated.
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  5. I love dual (or even multiple) POV. Seven is whole lot but it’s great to hear that overall it really worked – with the exception of the one done in verse. I haven’t heard much about this one but I really like the sound of it. I’m going to check my library for this one. Enjoyed your review, Grace!
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  6. The huge amount of POVs in this book is probably why I was neutral on the book in general. It really seemed like there wasn’t enough time to get to know the characters, but I think I’m the black sheep when it came to this book – everyone seems to love it! I have to admit that I did hate Claire’s character…she was just terrible and very annoying. Great review!
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  7. OH yes I have this! I was afraid to pick this up because when I read the Smell of Other People’s Houses (aka Smelly Houses), it was hard to start because there were 4 POVs. And this one has 7! So I might just have to try it out one day and see what happens! Also I do like books that incorporate verse, so maybe I will like Juniper’s chapters 🙂
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