[ARC] Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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Seven Ways We Lie is a contemporary YA, so a novel that deals with the issues of young adults, and in this specific situation a novel that does not focus on a single issue.

I was appealed by the cover, and I hoped in a major relevance of the seven sins in the story; in the end it only means the story is told by seven different voices, discernible thanks to a sharp characterization: the weird one, the one who thinks in poems, the one who list everything, the jealous one, the gamer and the two normal ones.

The novel begins with the gossip about a relationship between a teacher and a student, and then the seven character begin to talk about their issues.

It’s a nice and fluid novel, but it is not different from other contemporary YA and it does not shine in this context.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate ★★☆☆☆½

*I read this book in english

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[ARC] This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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This Is Where It Ends seemed to have all the features of an engaging novel: the story of Tyler, a student, who brings guns at his high school and begins kill his former schoolmates, the narration divided among different characters who once knew the person who became a killer.

But keeping on the reader ends up disappointed, and I agree with other online review that point out two main issues of the story:

  1. the narrating voices in the end seem to be only one: the author creates various characters (and points of view) whohowever share mostly a single kind of feeling. The characterization lacks emotionality and the only way to discriminate characters is for something the book tells us (about their past, about their behaviour).
  2. Tyler was a potentiality for the novel, in understanding or deepen his reasons and his character. Instead the novel, in the various POVs, shows the reader an evil guy, and it adds also other evils to his story, building, in the end, a quite dull and mono-dimensional bad guy.

I did not grow fond of any of the characters, and I think the novel failed in chosing not to talk about the most complex character (ending instead in a simplification of his story), the one so exasperated to take a gun and kill his former schoolmates.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ★☆☆☆

*I read this book in English