Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We LieTitle: Seven Ways We Lie

Author: Riley Redgate

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: ABRAMS Kids

The Blurb

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.

The Review

Ok, here is a refrain from several of my previous posts but my god YA fiction is kicking some serious ass right now.

My latest read was Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate and once again, I admit, I wanted to read this book because of the cover but I am so glad that I did read it because wow. Just wow.

Seven Ways We Lie is like a modern day Breakfast Club….in book form…with seven students instead of five…and sans the great soundtrack. Anyway, the point is that Redgate sees teenagers in the same way that John Hughes was always so brilliant at portraying – as real teenagers with real (and more importantly, realistic) problems.

Seven Ways We Lie is a story about an illicit relationship between a student and a teacher; once the rumours of the affair become public knowledge the group of students’ lives feel under more scrutiny and pressure than before.

What I loved about Seven Ways We Lie is that the problems that the teenagers were facing were all believable; they were too real. Olivia is trying to keep it together. After her mum left she was the one who had to keep the family from falling apart. Trying to protect everyone else has made her undervalue herself. Kat, Olivia’s sister has cut herself off from everything. If she doesn’t allow anyone in to her life then no one can hurt her. Claire is trying desperately to be the best but is finding the standards set by her peers impossible to reach. This is just a few of the problems that Seven Ways We Lie focuses on but I was amazed at just how realistic the storyline was.

Seven Ways We Lie is one of those books that will stay with me this year. It had drama, romance, mystery, vengeance – everything really. I will be recommending this book to others as it has rather rapidly become my favourite YA novel of the year so far.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate is available now.

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5 Stars



  1. 31st May 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Great review (and thanks for the follow). I’ve was literally looking at this the other day and after reading your review, I’m definitely going to have to pick it up!

    • lisa
      1st June 2016 / 8:21 am

      Awesome. It really is a good book. Get reading it and let me know what you think 🙂 x

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