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Seven Ways We Lie Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—The lives of seven high school students intertwine around a scandalous secret in this debut effort. Each character deals with an issue related to one of the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Olivia has one-night stands that keep her from feeling anything real, Matt's a burnout with no real ambition, Lucas hides a struggle with his sexuality behind a big smile and brand names, Claire's arsenal of extracurriculars cover up her feelings of never being good enough, Valentine refuses to get too close to anyone, and Kat's anger at her mother's abandonment causes her to lash out at everyone. Finally, Juniper, the perfectly popular girl, falls in love with someone she can never have. When, by chance, their lives converge around Juniper's indiscretion, they learn that in order to save themselves, they have to help one another. Most of the characters' personal struggles are individually compelling, and most readers will find at least one person with whom they can identify. As a whole, however, the plot feels a bit overstuffed and certain stories are better fleshed out than others, such as Olivia/Matt vs. Valentine/Claire. Still, Redgate is right on trend with the type of story that's popular with teens at the moment, and her book is sure to find a fan base. VERDICT An additional purchase for large teen collections.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH
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Through the eyes of seven high school students, SWWL explores the lies we tell to protect ourselves. I found myself particularly drawn to Valentine, a standoffish character who shined in the more difficult moments of this novel. Other standouts included Olivia, whose dialogue kept me laughing, and Matt, who had me rooting for his slacker self from the beginning.
Though the novel carries heavy themes of loss, grief, depression, and struggles of sexuality, it also drips with humor and sarcasm. I think Redgate used care and respect to craft each facet of this novel. I was blown away!
In a sea of contemporary novels, SWWL is a standout winner. I look forward to devouring more of Redgate's books in the future!
While the plot is very interesting, what I looked for throughout the novel is the development of the relationship regarding Valentine and Lucas. It is openly stated that Lucas is pansexual, and though Valentine's sexuality is not confirmed, I had read it as asexual/aromantic. These two sexualities are not usually shown in YA literature, mostly due to the ideology that they do not exist, something that the author had mentioned regarding Lucas. Thus, reading about these practically nonexistent sexualities is a new experience, and one that I treasure.
Overall, the novel is a treat for all, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to live through the struggles and, later, satisfactions of young adults.
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4.5 Stars just became I was left wanting more from a few of the characters.Read more