A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 240
I saw the truth coming, but at the same time, I didn't expect it. Something bad happens the summer Cadence is fifteen on her family's private island. She doesn't remember what happened, but two years later she's ready to go back and start remembering, start healing.
Liar takes on a whole new depth in this book.
The book is short, 240 pages, and is easily devoured in one sitting. Some people have said they found the writing style distracting, but to me it added a layer to the story that gave it more impact. Though the writing and the story are elusive, there is also enough concrete images and scenes to keep readers grounded.
The end is truly chilling, but the novel is still a contemporary about a girl learning to heal from tragedy and would appeal to readers who want something set in reality, but a bit more psychological and suspenseful.
There are definite themes in this book that would make for a great book club discussion: racism, death, economic inequality, materialism, friendship, love, etc. It's also a book you could read twice, to fully understand it because everything that's said ties into the clever twist and completely knocked me off my feet.
I was a little disturbed, actually. As I read, I kept shaking my head, thinking no, no, it can't be going in this direction... But, I still enjoyed the read and would gladly recommend it to a host of people. There is some profanity in the story, but overall it's a clean book. However since the story is a bit unsettling so I would still recommend it for the 14 and above age group, and adults would enjoy it just as much. This novel is brilliant.
Did you read the story? What did you think? I'm so curious!
This book hits shelves May 13th 2014!
Buy Hardcover | $17.99
Rachel, age 18
Rachel, age 18