Seven Ways We Lie

Seven Ways We Lie

by Riley Redgate


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In Seven Ways We Lie, a chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins, and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view.

The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether it’s the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who only cares about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. But it’s Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper—obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend—is anything but perfect. Everyone knows she’s a saint, not a sinner; but when love is involved, who is Juniper to resist temptation? When she begins to crave more and more of the one person she can’t have, her charmed life starts to unravel.

Then rumors of a student–teacher affair hit the fan. After Juniper accidentally exposes her secret at a party, her fate falls into the hands of the other six sinners, bringing them into one another’s orbits. All seven are guilty of something. Together, they could save one another from their temptations—or be ruined by them.

Riley Redgate’s twisty YA debut effortlessly weaves humor, heartbreak, and redemption into a drama that fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins will adore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419719448
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,139,918
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Riley Redgate is a recent graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she was an economics major. Seven Ways We Lie is her first novel. She currently lives and writes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit the author at

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Seven Ways We Lie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for a good book and this was just perfect I can't even begin to describe how much I loved it and you should definitely read this it's amazing yes go do it now and stop reading this reveiw
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Mini-Review: -I was hesitant about the high number of characters we follow at first, but Redgate nails them all without the reader getting confused. -Unique takes on the seven deadly sins and what they look like -Pansexual rep! -Wonderful examination of sisters and family dynamics -Strong voice
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
This book is told from the perspectives of several people who are affected by a high school scandal. 7 POVs are juggled in the book which sounds like a lot (and is a lot), but the book does a good job balancing them all. The book deals with many issues, including drinking, drugs, sexuality, promiscuity, teacher-student relationships, and others, but each issue feels like it is dealt with well. I liked seeing how the stories of all the different characters ended up being interwoven neatly together.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley, ABRAMS Kids and Amulet Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. “Crushes ruin lives and destroy souls. Crushes either lead to the inconvenience of unrequited feelings of the batshit-insane idea of having a relationship.” –Riley Redgate This book took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting what happened throughout this novel to happen. I went into this book blind. At some point, probably when I requested this novel, I read the synopsis, but by the time I got around to reading it I didn’t remember exactly what Seven Ways We Lie was about. This novel was fantastic and original. It was wonderfully written and I very much enjoyed the storyline. Riley Redgate takes the concept of a contemporary novel written in a high school setting and gives readers a story that hasn’t been seen before. Seven Ways We Lie is written in the POV of seven different and unique characters. Each one was created with a deadly sin in mind: Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. The problems that the characters go through actually feel realistic, unlike some novels. Each character is important to the story and without them I believe the story would be lacking. I also want to touch on the fact that Redgate writes in a pansexual character, which I think is really important. This was the first time I had seen pansexuality written into a novel. I think readers need more of this, not just the pansexual character, but characters of all sexuality. Even though the story is written in seven different voices, the writing was really good and I was able to follow along and not get lost or confused as the story jumped between characters. I did have an issue with one character’s chapters due to the fact that they were written in poetry while everything else was written in prose. Overall, this story was great and I recommend it to everyone who is looking for a contemporary novel to read.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars - Original review @ Seven Ways We Lie is such a good example of why adults like Young Adult fiction. Rich, detailed and full of emotion I was amazed that this was written by a young women who will not graduate college until two months after publication. Focusing on seven students at Paloma High School, each has their own issues they hide deep. And as the title indicates, each is indicative of one of the seven deadly sins. As a scandal burns through the school the seven are tied together in unexpected ways. The world built was very real, social structures are in place and it is very “high school”. The pacing was quick and spot on. I was never lost and all timelines meshed. The plot was a delight, a very fresh take on a YA story. The characters and the writing set Seven Ways We Lie apart. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and the writing shifts to match each. That is a hard thing to do well for a seasoned writer and Riley Redgate does it superbly well in her debut. I particularly enjoyed one of the characters chapters as they were done in a poem-like manner and were very lyrical. Seven Ways We Lie is a remarkable debut and Riley Redgate is an author to watch. As she grows I can only imagine how her talent will expand. If it is this good now, I greatly await seeing what the future will bring. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Kerri_M More than 1 year ago
You know those stories that are built brick by brick with words and phrases and paragraphs that create this entire world inside you? The kind of stories where you’re nodding your head and saying yes, YES, this is exactly what comprises the cells and atoms making up the entirety of my being. I am forged in these very thoughts, wired in these emotions, I know and remember and have felt this way before and will probably feel this way again. That’s the kind of story SEVEN WAYS WE LIE is. It’s beautifully written. The language and the word choices and descriptions, and the seamless way they crept up to this impossibly brilliant crescendo — it’s a symphony for your brain. Riley Redgate is a hell of an authorly force to be reckoned with — I cannot believe this is her debut novel, it’s absolutely stunning. I love her writing and the real, gorgeous, flawed, understandable, likable, believable, characters she’s created. What a unique take on the seven deadly sins! Each character nailed those aspects and characteristics of the sins in a way that felt natural and unforced. I was completely blown away by Redgate's ability to pull off seven different POVs and handle each of them so masterfully. This is an author to watch out for. Among contemporary YA giants like John Green and Stephen Chbosky, Riley Redgate stands equally tall in my book. Calling it now: readers will be quoting from these passages, and there’ll be fangirls and boys who’ll cheer loudly to anyone who will listen. This is a book that’s going to be huge. I want to see it made into a TV show or movie. I'm definitely interested in seeing these characters on the screen. Cannot wait to see what’s next from this author! I know I am a fan for life.
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books people might have mixed feelings about overall, but will find a lot to appreciate within. Seven POVs are a lot, and I didn't need all of them, but I think everyone brings something to the table at points. The most standout things for me were that a character actually IDs as pansexual ON THE PAGE, complete with frustration about people not understanding the label, trying to label him bi rather than pan, etc., and that another character can definitely be read as aromatic asexual. (No label used there, but both one character knowing his label and another not is very consistent with the characters.) The big question with 7 POVs is always "Did the author actually differentiate their voices well?" and I think for the most part the answer is really yes, here. Matt's rambling speech when he's high, Juniper's chapters being told in verse, Valentine having his own stiff quirks... I think all those things work. We don't get to know the characters as well as we would with fewer POVs, which feels unfortunate, but I also appreciate that it feels unfortunate because it means I actually liked/was interested in them, if not as invested as I would be if they'd each gotten more focus. There's a lot of stuff in here - drug dealing, binge drinking, video game addiction, promiscuity - and I think it's all stuff that would've benefited from more time and attention. (Though I don't say that with a tone of "the author should've been more sensitive to this stuff"; I think she did a good job with the space allotted each character. Just makes me think how much more she could've done with each individual one.) I come out firmly on the side of rec-ing this one to readers who like upper YA content, which is my crack. And I really, really hope everyone who's been looking for the word "pansexual" on the page knows to pick this book up so they can finally see it.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this and I was quite eager to get into it. Sadly, it wasn't what I was expecting. First off, there are 7 POVs and that's a lot. For me, none of the voices sounded different, it was like the same whiny character just put in different situations. And Juniper's POV is in a sort of disjointed poetry that left me confused more often than not. While the plot was interesting, the execution didn't work. There were vague hints and the actual reveal doesn't happen until 200+ pages into the book. My main thing is that it didn't feel like there was any build up or urgency that this topic sort of requires. There is a lot of potential, perhaps it would have felt more fleshed out of there had been less of something. Overall, I kept reading, but I'm not entirely sure why. I can see how people will like it, but it wasn't really for me. **Huge thanks to Amulet and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**