Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Do you remember your high school years?  You're about to get a big dose of them here.  Enter Paloma High School and get ready for emotions...

Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.

The story evolves from the seven central characters Ms. Redgate uses in her story.  They have separate chapters but their lives intersect.  She's covering issues from sexual identity, sexual habits, divorced parents, dysfunctional families, to a teacher/student relationship and more.  There's enough drama in this book to wring it out.

The author really gets into the psyche of these students.  She shows you their insecurities, who is really a friend and who is not, who is nice and who isn't, and she shows the reason behind several of their actions.  Many times they don't realize how what they've done can effect people.

She writes of blossoming love, impossible love, hate, hurt, and sorrow.  She makes her characters real, which can be very hard to do.

I had a bit of trouble keeping track of who was talking at the time.  I got caught up in the story and kept reading and sometimes had to check which one headed up that chapter.  Ms. Redgate keeps the tale interesting and mixes happy and sad endings.  That's how it works in the real world, too.

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