Ahoy there me mateys!
seven ways we lie (Riley Redgate)
I learned about this book from fellow blogger bookwormaniac and thought the premise was interesting so I picked it up. Recently I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and read this in the wee hours of the morning. Apparently, this novel is the author’s first and she is still a senior in college as of today. Sheesh! Talk about multi-tasking.
This novel was pretty interesting. It dealt with the lives of 7 teenagers in high school who make different life choices and all have secrets of their own. There was a nice combination of male and female perspectives. While the plot was good and the ending was fine what I liked most were the individualization of characters. Especially dealing with sexuality. Not that the novel had gratuitous sex or even explicit sex. But the novel had “non-standard” sexuality including a pansexual, a girl who has a series of one night stands, more traditional male/female relationships, and a seemingly asexual person. And yet that is NOT the point of the book at all. The characters make choices and happen to have those preferences.
For me though, showing a girl taking control of her own sexual destiny seemingly safely with contraception and handling the consequences was particularly interesting. I am not a one-night stand kinda Captain but I do believe women should be able to make the same choices as men concerning their selection of bed partners. Slut shaming women and then congratulating men for the same type of behavior irks me. I thought this book handled that issue nicely.
Actually, I thought the way the author blended the stories of the 7 characters together was very well done. The narrative flowed nicely. The only real gripe I had was the choice to use odd verse for the Juniper chapters. None of the other characters’ stories were told in this fashion and it sort of threw me out of the story every time. But that was minor. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would certainly give this author’s next book a shot.
The inside cover says this about the novel:
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like at every high school, each student has something to hide – from Kat the thespian who controls her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When the scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, their ordinary-seeming lives result in extraordinary change.
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