Seven Ways We Lie
by Riley Redgate
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.
When news about a rumored student-teacher relationship broke, Paloma High School students had their suspects. Seven lives were somewhat affected, seven unlikely allies had their lives entangled and messed up.
Seven Ways to Lie takes you on a rollercoaster ride, each with twists and bumps, up and down. Told in seven different points of view, each with distinct voice and personalities that are representations of our feelings and those seven deadly sins. This book gutted me 7 times, bewildered me seven times more. In the end, I didn’t know who to pity or understand, who to admire or to condemn.
There’s lustful Olivia, branded as the school slut and then here’s her angry twin sister Kat, who snapped at everything. We also meet the proud Juniper with a dark secret, but hid behind alcohol and parties.
Matt Johnson, a glutton for punishment and craved for the attention of the girl unlikely to fall for him. The jealous Claire Lombardi, who always needed to compare herself to others, who envied even those who had treated her like sister. And then there’s everyone’s friend, Lucas McCallum, who wanted everybody to like him and accept him for whoever he is.
And finally, the timid Valentine Simmons, who never made an effort to get in touch with the student body, who thought he was better off alone because he was undesirable.
But wait, there’s more.. The scandalous teacher in question. Who would have thought that this person could do such a thing?
See, everyone was at fault, every character had insecurities and defect, and any one of them could be the subject of the scandal. Realistically speaking though, I wasn’t prepared with how it all ended. It was just too good to be true. And sudden.
However, I liked how Riley Redgate was able to tell the story with seven perspectives. Matt’s standpoint was like, “hey dude, I was like, are you even real? and he’s like, yeah, totally”.. Juniper’s voice was like spoken poetry, Kat was full of angsts, and Lucas, oh my.. I thought Lucas was the most authentic among them all. He was colorful, interesting and definitely flawed. The author has a lot of potential and tricks up on her sleeves, and i can’t wait to witness them all.