Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 240
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18
Everything about We Were Liars was clever. From the way it was poetically written through the eyes of an unreliable narrator suffering a brain injury--Cadence--to the clues that were always there but only completely made sense until the last section of the book. 

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

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 18


  1. I was quite disappointed with this book and I attribute that to all of the hype. I think if I would have read it when it first came out, I would have enjoyed it more because that ending was pretty amazing.

    Thanks for the review!!

    1. I consciously tried to avoid the hype because you're right, it made it less "wowing". I had to sit back and really think...did I love or hate this book? I ended on the love side, obviously, just because when I thought more about it, the more clever it seemed. But I've heard people on both sides of the spectrum. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it!!

  2. 240 pages is really short O_O The hype already killed this one for me, so I won't be reading it, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it! Despite being creeped out a bit... it sounds like a good one if this is your thing :D

    Fabulous review, Rachel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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