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Seven Ways We Lie de Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie (edição: 2017)

de Riley Redgate (Autor)

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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.
Título:Seven Ways We Lie
Autores:Riley Redgate (Autor)
Informação:Amulet Paperbacks (2017), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:9-10, Drugs, Sex, Schools, Friendship, LGBT, Family

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Seven Ways We Lie de Riley Redgate


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Interesting take on the seven deadly sins and how they can be applied to the lives of seven high schoolers. Each chapter in the chronological story is told by a different teenager but each has a small part to play in the overall story arc of a relationship between a student and a teacher being rumoured to be occurring at their high school - the school's announcement that they don't know who it is but they know something IS happening is the catalyst for the story. We meet Kat and Olivia - twins burdened by their mother leaving the family in different ways - Olivia is LUST in that she sleeps with random boys, KAT is WRATH in that she is angry with the world. Their friend Juniper is GLUTTONY as she takes up drinking to cope with her problems. Matt the resident stoner at school is SLOTH as the drugs effect his ability to care about anything except his little brother. Valentine is PRIDE as he believes he is so superior to his classmates that he cuts himself off from them. Claire is ENVY as she wants to be like Juniper and Olivia. And finally Lucas is GREED as he sells drugs and alcohol to his classmates and buys himself expensive watches and tech with the proceeds to present an image that his family is better off than they actually are.
Redgate the successfully weaves a narrative with all these characters being eventually made to face their demons and come to terms with the Deadly Sin they represent. Satisfying ending to a book that will appeal to fans of "One of Us is Lying" and similar books. ( )
  nicsreads | Jul 21, 2021 |
this was a quick read, and i would recommend it to older readers. its based on seven narrators in the story, each who represent one of the seven deadly sins. it wasn't very interesting, but i got through it. ( )
  kritikags | Aug 19, 2020 |
"I care."
"Why? What, do you care because I'm here? Is that how your mind works, you just go around throwing your 'care' at whatever's within range?"
"Why not? Not like I'm going to run out."

And here we have the exact moment when I realised, holy crap, most Generic American Teen Drama YA books suck because they aren't written by Generic American Teen writers. Who knows, maybe Redgate is just that good, but MAN, the difference was stark.

Hello, teens who actually speak like teens, using terms and phrasing ("it's a good") that aren't awkwardly shoehorned in with far too much frequency by some confused mom. Hello, teens with attitude and judginess and cruelty in their narration that isn't insufferably obnoxious. Hello, teens kind of stumbling into tumblr-era social justice without being annoying or preachy about it (forever yay).

This was exactly the sort of quick-paced, easy, charming book that I needed. Needed enough to read 80% in one day, apparently. It wasn't exactly laugh-out-loud funny but it wasn't made of jokes so much as it was just made of a really nice, carefree tone that begged me to speed through it. I totally loved most of the cast and their POV's were so subtly distinct without it being an obvious style change (except Juniper's...I appreciate that daring effort, but I don't think it worked too well. My brain was in 'quick sarcasm reading mode' from all the other POVs, so Juniper's always read like a lazy teen's poetry project, as if it was gonna make some "from yonder window breaks wind" joke). I wish the dynamics between the seven had a little more weight and significance - there was one little section where it did and I really wished it carried on throughout more of the book. But still, super fun characters. I can't tell you which character is which sin, but uhhh, it seemed more like a quick title/summary key than an actual story tool.

The events and the plot didn't even really try to blow me away. The Generic American High School YA Novel has a pretty limited stack of events and plots: school dance, class elections, graduation, group/partner projects, and so so many house parties. This didn't really try to veer away from that, and I guess it was fine for it? It was definitely more of a character book, and I had a lot of fun with that.

It transitioned easily and expertly from light and funny to sensitive, without cheating its characters and their awkward teen-ness nor its overall tone. I left it feeling happy and like it wrapped itself up really cleanly - maybe not leaving me with any deep lasting impression, but I still enjoyed the whole book start to finish. ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
Riley Redgate's debut novel, Seven Ways We Lie, is an engrossing read.

In the novel, Redgate tackles, and conquers, the feat of writing from the viewpoints of SEVEN characters.

The tale follows seven high school students whose stories connect, with each chapter told from a different character's point of view.

From a student-teacher sex scandal, to questioning one's sexuality, to friends evolving into frenemies, Seven Ways We Lie covers virtually everything that can be experienced by hypothetical teenagers.

I really enjoyed the way in which Redgate juggled the development and personal experiences of seven protagonists. I feel that Redgate succeeded in giving each character his or her own unique voice.

The book is surprisingly easy to follow, due perhaps to the characters being such individuals, even twins Kat and Olivia.

The story unfolds and at the end is wrapped up neatly with a little bow, with no questions left unanswered. ( )
  thenovelorange | May 19, 2018 |
4.5 Stars

I really liked this book. I thought having characters represent the seven deadly sins was such a unique and creative idea. It was cool to try and figure out which character fit with which sin, and to see how they reflect it and change over the course of the story. I was really invested in all of the characters, they were so well developed and incredibly easy to relate to. They felt like real people, facing real challenges trying to do the best they can.

Things I Liked:
-Diversity. This story has a latinx character (Matt), a pansexual character (Lucas), and . an ace/aro character (Valentine). It was great to see some severely underrepresented LGBT characters in Luc and Val, and their developing friendship was fantastic. The characters are not defined by their marginalized status, but they do openly talk about their race and/or sexuality with other people.

-Characters. Each character was well defined. They were seven distinct people, with their own lives and their lives all happen to intersect now. Even side characters like Burke and Matt’s brother Russell were great and helped to create a real environment around the characters.

-Relationships. I loved how the relationships developed over the course of the story. And that so many types of relationships were showcased. We see romantic relationships Matt and Olivia, friendships Lucas and Valentine; Olivia, Juniper, and Claire, and familial relationships Kat and Olivia all develop. The relationships all felt authentic and earned. I routed for everyone except Claire.

Things I Didn’t Like:
-Dialogue. This is nit picky, but some of the dialogue in Matt’s sections kind of annoyed me. It was very “And I was like… Then, s/he was like….” It was only in Matt’s sections and not even all the time. It was a little too teen-y for me, it just felt young and slightly disjointed. It just wasn’t my preferred style.

-Isolation. Some of the characters didn’t feel like they were as much a part of the story as other. Specifically Kat, Claire, and Juniper felt more isolated than the rest of the core seven. I understand Kat more so than the other two, because part of her journey was discovering her self-isolation tendencies. Juniper was really a catalyst for the events in the story, but she felt pretty passive - most things were happening around her. This could be related to her self-indulgence in alcohol, but I don’t know if that was the intention.

Such a quick and fun read. The characters were so easy to connect with that the story literally unfolded and carried you with them on their journey. Highly recommend this! ( )
  LifeofaLiteraryNerd | Apr 27, 2018 |
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