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.
Author: E. Lockhart
Part of a Series: No.
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
No. of Pages: 225 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
The Cover: The cover gave its readers a preview of what the story was about. The cover featured a beach scene involving several people which actually what the book IS all about. The fading effect of the font is a great touch as well. (3 out of 5 stars)
The Story: To be perfectly honest, I didn’t like the story at all. I was confused while reading most of the story, not knowing if there’s something wrong with me, or there’s something wrong with the book. I occasionally found myself wanting to read other books while I was reading this, and I guess I got disinterested. This book received lots of praises from my friends, but I guess I have a totally different taste in books. Or We Were Liars was just a highly overrated book. Also, Cadence, the main character, doesn’t know what’s happening most of time, and she was really confused all through out the book, making me, as the reader, confused as well. The first chapter was great, don’t get me wrong. I loved the introduction, but as the story progressed, I got bored. If it was written more beautifully, I might have liked this book. (1 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Although I was completely disinterested with the book while I was halfway done with it, the ending really threw me off. It was a complete shocker. I didn’t expect it. I never imagined that the Liars, a.k.a. Cadence’s friends, were ghosts, and never have I imagined that Cadence played a part in their deaths. Their friendship seemed so strong, which led me to believe that nothing was powerful enough to tear them down. Apparently, a drunken Cadence was the only thing needed to kill the Liars and stop their destructive friendship. What an explosive plot twist! Sadly, though, it wasn’t enough to redeem the whole book for me. (2 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: For me, We Were Liars might be a one-time read, if not DNF. I wasn’t as hooked up with it as I was with other books on my bookshelf. Also, I can’t believe I prioritized buying this book over Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday. (2 out of 5 stars)
“Do not accept an evil you can change.” – Cadence Sinclair
“Be a little kinder than you have to.” – Harris Sinclair
Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.” – Cadence Sinclair
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.” – Cadence Sinclair