Christina’s Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Christina’s Review: We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-05-13
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, General, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
A New York Times Bestseller.

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.

I jumped ahead on August’s VA Wine and Book Club pick and read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I started it on a Thursday, and finished it the next day. It was a quick and easy read, and entertaining as well. Reading the book description, I was a little skeptical to begin, however, I found myself at the pool looking for a light read, and this book ended up being the perfect fit. (Actually, I may have spent a little too much time at the pool after getting drawn-in through the book)

We Were Liars followed the summers Cady Sinclair and her beautiful and wealthy family spent together on a private island. What family could be more perfect than the Sinclair’s? They emulated the pristine and got through things without showing the hardships or emotions. The “Liars” of the family included Cady, her two cousins, and friend Gat who spent the summers together each year. Their relationship with each other as family close in age was relatable for me with my cousins. They were friends whose story was conflicted by an accident that fogged Cady’s memory and was carried out in her story throughout the book. What happened during her fifteenth summer? What changed her beautiful, flawless life?

E. Lockhart did a seamless job with the story-line of her book. Her writing style was unique…wistful, metaphoric, and captivating. She covered so much detail and kept the book moving fast, however, she left so much to question and keep the reader thinking at the same time. The first few chapters took me some time to get into the story and adjust to her writing style, however, once I did I found the book irresistible and wanted to reach the end to learn who the liars were and what could have happened to Cady.

As other reviews have mentioned, it is difficult to go into details with this book without the risk of saying too much. Therefore, I will keep this review short and sweet. I recommend this book as a light read. It was the perfect pool-side escape, and should be an interesting book club discussion. When I reached the end, I felt my jaw hanging open with suspense, anticipation, confusion and excitement. This is definitely one of those books I will have to re-read again to further understand the significance of the events and details captured by the author.

Enjoy this read, and let yourself escape into the world of the Sinclair’s!

pj - christina

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