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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
This book was really good. I was completely captivated by it and didn’t want to put it down. When I had to put it down, I felt the urge to pick it back up. I love when books can captivate me in such a way. Having said that, I don’t feel the need to go screaming about how amazing this book was. It wasn’t amazing, but it was really good.
Throughout this book, we go on a journey with the narrator, Cadence, as she tries to remember what happened one summer when she was fifteen. This story was not what I expected it to be. I guess I didn’t really have much for expectations, since the synopsis is so vague, but still, I didn’t expect what I got.
There is a “twist” at the end of the book. Now, I keep reading reviews and I read the author’s extra notes and stuff at the end of the book, and it seems like people didn’t actually see this twist coming?? I could tell pretty freaking early on what happened – not why or the details, of course, but I pieced together the basic plot twist. Did this ruin the story for me? No. Honestly, I thought that the author wanted the reader to know, but still be interested enough to carry on while the narrator figured it out, which is what I did. I still very much enjoyed the story and wanted to be there to the end with Cadence.
This book made me cry. Only two other books have done this. Although, to be fair, I do seem to be more emotional since having my daughter, but still, I think that it’s worth mentioning. We’ll see if more books make me cry now.
Recap: I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it. I can’t tell you much about it. There is a twist that you may or may not see coming, but either way is okay.
Best Aspect: Creativity/Captivity
Worst Aspect: Nothing worth mentioning
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