Seven Ways We Lie by Riley RedgateSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie

byRiley Redgate

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

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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.
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
Title:Seven Ways We LieFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419719440

ISBN - 13:9781419719448


Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING A nice contemporary that gives an exciting plot and lovable, hilarious characters!
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not quite for me Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. Actual rating: 2.5 stars In Seven Ways We Lie, the narrator switches between 7 high school teenagers, whose stories slowly intertwine until they are one. Since this novel had 7 different narrators, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who because at the beginning there wasn't really anything remarkable about the characters until the book gets into full swing. Even though I loved the idea of this story, it took me a really long time to get into and I did almost set it aside as a DNF but I forced myself to keep pushing and eventually I was interested in the outcome. In the end, I did enjoy how all 7 stories merged into one to finish off the story. I was most interested in Olivia and Matt as I was really hoping they would get together. I found myself hoping for more interactions between them but with the story split into 5 other narratives, time with them was short. The only point of view I didn't really enjoy was Juniper's as I found them hard to read and so different from all the other characters pov. I can definitely see what made everyone fall in love with this story, and I was really hoping that I would be as sucked into this story and love it as much as I've seen others love it, but however it just didn't fully work for me. Though this book didn't quite grab me, doesn't mean that you won't absolutely love this novel!
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Poignant and Relatable Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this well-written and diverse novel (at times I couldn't put it down!). It surpasses the cliché romance/coming of age themes that a lot of YA novels trend toward. I was happily surprised to find out that this is Redgate's first novel and look forward to seeing more from her in the future. Initially, I was a little weary about the large number of characters, but their story-lines are woven together with ease and an expertly crafted prose. Each character has a unique voice (especially Juniper, as her perspective is written in poetry not prose) and I found myself embarrassed and emotional for all they experienced. At no point was I confused about who was who and, as a result, the plot is extremely well-constructed. At times extremely funny, at others dark and emotional, I’d highly recommend this novel to any YA enthusiast who likes a quick read, romance, plot twists, secrets, and mischievous and likeable characters. Definitely not suitable to younger YA audiences as there is quite a bit of swearing and some other mature themes.
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic Multiple POVs I really enjoyed this book. Riley Redgate does a fantastic job of giving each character a strong and distinct voice, not an easy task when there are seven of them and they are written from a first-person perspective. The only character whose point-of-view I did not care for was Juniper's. It was too poetic to read as realistic, in my opinion. But then, who am I to say how other people think? Other things I enjoyed about this book were the underlying theme of the seven deadly sins, the tie-in to Dante's Inferno, and how all all the characters' individual stories converge and intertwine. I thought that the writing was strong, particularly on an emotional level. It brought me back to high school in a way that few books (written in the same setting) do. My biggest complaint with this book is that everything wraps up too neatly. It's too "happily ever after" and preachy at times for my taste. Not that I don't like happy endings and hidden morals, but I feel it detracts a bit from how realistic the story feels as a whole. I honestly feel more angst would have made it stronger. Overall, I thought it was quick, enjoyable read with characters whom it was easy to get invested in. It deals softly with mature themes but is a light-hearted book on the whole. 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2016-03-28

Editorial Reviews

Engaging and raw and real...a realistic contemporary YA delight.