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ISBN: 1419723480     ISBN-13: 9781419723483
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Published: April 2017
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Juniper Kipling, salutatorian and all-around perfectionist, can’t get enough of her secret boyfriend— even if exposure could destroy her.
 
Matt Jackson is stuck in a marijuana-laden haze while his parents’ marriage founders . . . until he meets the sharp-tongued and sexually liberal Olivia Scott.
 
Olivia’s sister, Kat, literal drama queen, has been in an angry downward spiral since their mother left.

And Olivia’s best friend, Claire, is having problems of her own. Recently dumped by her gorgeous ex, Lucas, she’s riddled with jealousy over Olivia’s casual flings.
 
When genius misfit Valentine Simmons overhears Juniper professing her love to a teacher, he anonymously outs her secret. But Juniper’s not the only one hiding things, as the seven classmates soon discover. For better or worse, every choice they make will change a life.


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Library of Congress Subjects:
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015028335
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 343 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Riley Redgate graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with a degree in economics. Seven Ways We Lie is her first novel. She currently lives and writes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit the author at www.rileyredgate.com.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
An anonymous tip outs an affair between a student and a teacher at Paloma High. With the two identities initially unknown, the school becomes a hotbed for rumors and accusations. Each of the seven deadly sins is represented by a student's relatable and realistic narrative (one in not-entirely-successful verse), all of which intersect in this over-plotted but skillfully characterized debut. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Debut author Redgate neatly captures the heart, soul, and social intricacies of a high school in a conservative Kansas City suburb. This story of seven teenagers, all high school juniors carrying significant emotional baggage tied to the seven deadly sins, revolves around the pitfalls of hiding one's true self and the redeeming power of friendship. The teens—whose difficulties include being abandoned by a negligent mother, addiction, and self-loathing—tell their stories in alternating first-person narratives. The seven stories and characters come together as the school reels from a rumor that a student is having an affair with a teacher. Redgate writes with much insight into the complicated world of contemporary high school, revealing both its hard edges (the taunts of jocks toward an eccentric outcast, vicious rumor mills) and its tender underbelly (the loyalty of friends, the pain of a broken first love, the excitement of new romance). By book's end, readers will feel like they have seven new friends. Ages 13–up Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

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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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

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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