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Book Title: Seven Ways We Lie|
ISBN 13: 9781419723483
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.61 MB
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The author of the book: Riley Redgate
Edition: Harry N. Abrams
Date of issue: April 4th 2017
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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HOLY CRAP I LOVED THIS BOOK WAY MORE THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD. I picked this one up on a whim and my goodness, it's one of the best debut novels I've ever read. I legitimately could not put this book down and it was all I thought about during the days I was reading.
I love the fact that each protagonist represented one of the seven deadly sins. Originally, I was afraid these characters would ONLY be lust, greed, envy, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and pride, but they really were individual characters that were so much more than just an archetype. I also felt that this is probably one of the most accurate groups of high school students that I've seen in YA. There are characters that drink, and characters that don't. There are characters that smoke, and characters that don't. There are characters that have sex, and character's that don't. It was a really well-rounded cast of characters that accounted for a lot of high school experiences.
Olivia - MY TEEN FEMINIST QUEEN. I really really loved her character. I aspire to have her level of confidence and compassion. I'm so happy to find a girl who is not ashamed of expressing her sexuality and wears it with pride. I'm all for women embracing their sex lives and not tolerating sexist shit.
Matt - WHAT A CUTIE. Matt is your high school's stereotypical stoner, but he's got so many more levels to his character. He truly cares about those in his life and goes through a lot of character development through some difficult situations.
Kat - Olivia's could-not-be-more-different twin sister. I love that we get a thespian character because theater is such a huge part of high school for some, and we rarely see teens performing in plays in YA! She's also a gamer, which was a nice addition too. Kat's hard to love sometimes, being constantly pissed off by everything, but watching her soften up was such a pleasure.
Lucas - PANSEXUAL BB. Lucas is the effortlessly likeable kid (though that may be attributed to his side business, if you know what I mean) but I think he's an extremely genuine character. He's nice to everyone, he's anything but judgmental, and I loved getting to know him in this story.
Claire - My least favorite character of the story. Clarie is so unbelievably envious and judgmental of everyone in her life, and it was a PAIN to read. In my opinion, she's really difficult to like but nearing the end of the story, she was more tolerable.
Juniper - I feel I didn't get to know her as much as the rest of the cast. I felt she had much fewer chapters in her perspective, and I believe they're also the only ones written in verse? (I could be wrong about it being in verse per say, but her POV is absolutely more flowery, shorter, and it's not written in paragraphs like most novels.) I would have liked to get to know Juniper more because she just sort of sits to the side of the story despite being an extremely crucial character.
Valentine - ANOTHER PRECIOUS BABY. If I am correct, Valentine is somewhere on the autism spectrum and spends the novel discovering that he is aromantic/asexual. (None of this is explicit on the page, but I'm referencing this interview from the author where she confirms this). That being said, I think there is enough on the page alluding to these parts of Valentine's identity that most readers would be able to pick up on it. Valentine is a straight up cutie and I gained a lot of respect for him throughout the novel.
There are a few warnings I want to put on this book.
1. There's a TON of slut-shaming. Olivia doesn't hide her active sex life, which (unfortunately and undeservingly) invites a lot of hurtful comments from her classmates, and even her friends. I do believe this book doesn't condone those comments, but they serve as a very obvious point as to WHY slut-shaming isn't okay. Certain narrators in the book often condemn these remarks, so I was satisfied with how this topic was handled.
2. A character is outed by another character in this book, which can be a really upsetting scene for some to read. Again, this act is definitely not condoned in the book by multiple characters, though still extremely uncomfortable. If you've read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the reactions of the person being outed are fairly similar in these two books if that helps you put into perspective what to anticipate.
Overall, I LOVED this book. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun yet intense YA contemporary with a more diverse set of characters!
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