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 all telling their stories 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 cares only 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.
©2016 Riley Redgate (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Holy shit this was the best book I've listened to in awhile. Every narrator is perfect (although Lucas sounds more like an adult man than any teenage boy) and the story unfolds beautifully.
I wanted to like this book. I really love YA, and was intrigued by the concept of showing the seven deadly sins through young narrators. However I couldn't keep listening after the second overly-stereotypical narrator started reading. I barely made it through the "yeeahhhh maaaan" stoner voice which over-emphasized every syllable, but once the "nerd voice" (complete with the sound of a stuffed nose and shrillness that almsot hurt my ears) began, I had to turn off the book--something I never do.
99% of the time, I will hold out until the end of a book or movie because despite any flaws, I love the craft and want to see what the writer does next. However these narrators made good writing sound impossibly false.
I would be interested in the print version of this story, because I think the writer certainly has talent (even though I was slightly underwhelmed by the approaches to suspense, though I can't really speak to that because I didnt get far enough in). However, I think the wrong narrators were chosen, making even the main concept of the sins manifested in people more in-your-face than masterfully crafted in.
I really enjoyed this. The readers voice for one of the guys was almost unbearable but the story was worth it.
"funny but serious"
this book has hilarious parts but it also address is very serious issues. this book is a lot of nothing but also a lot of something all rolled into one book. it was really easy to read with sarcasm and lightness. I really enjoyed it. there are a lot of different characters and you will definitely identify with at least one or more as I did.
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