Synopsis: 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 every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.
In Seven Ways We Lie, the narrator switches between 7 high school teenagers, whose stories slowly intertwine until they are one. Since this novel had 7 different narrators, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who because at the beginning there wasn’t really anything remarkable about the characters until the book gets into full swing.
Even though I loved the idea of this story, it took me a really long time to get into and I did almost set it aside as a DNF but I forced myself to keep pushing and eventually I was interested in the outcome. In the end, I did enjoy how all 7 stories merged into one to finish off the story.
I was most interested in Olivia and Matt as I was really hoping they would get together. I found myself hoping for more interactions between them but with the story split into 5 other narratives, time with them was short. The only point of view I didn’t really enjoy was Juniper’s as I found them hard to read and so different from all the other characters pov.
I can definitely see what made everyone fall in love with this story, and I was really hoping that I would be as sucked into this story and love it as much as I’ve seen others love it, but however it just didn’t fully work for me. Though this book didn’t quite grab me, doesn’t mean that you won’t absolutely love this novel!