Hardcover, 227 pages
Published by Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Rating: ★★★★ 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
WOAH. Just wow. I was not expecting that. I really liked this book.
I was hesitant to read We Were Liars because there is so many mixed reviews. I wasn’t sure how I felt about reading the book, but my friend Megan (@perfectreads on Instagram) suggested we buddy read it and I agreed.
I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID!
We Were Liars is so beautifully written. The writing style didn’t work for a lot of people, but it did for me. I found that the writing kept me entertained, and added to the emotional toll. Although I enjoyed the writing, I admit, it was a little hard to understand sometimes. There are times that I didn’t understand what was going on because the author leaves a lot hanging in the air. I found myself rereading some lines and/or paragraphs multiple times when things weren’t registering in my head. There were also lines that I had to reread because I had no idea if it was literal or a metaphor.
Another thing, the book is definitely emotionally draining in some parts, but that’s because our M.C., Cadence, deals with some tough shit throughout the novel. She has a pretentious family, and she was raised to have the same values as her family, so I tried my best not to judge. However, I did like Lockhart’s subtle touch on racism and the upper class. I felt like it was accurate and realistic for people with that lifestyle (from personal experience).
This book is definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. It definitely was not what I was expecting. It’s a mysterious, suspenseful, emotional roller coaster and I recommend you give it a shot. Keep in mind, it’s best to go into the book blind.
Until next time,