Published: May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
The Short, Sweet, and Spoiler-Free Blurb:
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.
The subtitle for We Were Liars should be, “I Can’t Remember the Really Stupid Thing I Did Last Summer.” I read this book because there was a lot of hype around it. “Crazy Twist Ending! Must Read!” is what everyone said. I don’t normally read contemporary YA books, but I decided this one might be fun because of all the hype around it.
My first impression of We Were Liars was that there was a map at the beginning. I LOVE MAPS. Are there more contemporary books out there with maps? Because if there are, you need to tell me so I can read them all.
The short sentences and broken lines made the writing feel very poetic. It also showed the broken mind of the main character, Cadence. To me, I didn’t enjoy the reading experience as much as I could have because it felt like I was impatiently waiting to get to The Twist. The Twist was pretty cool and unexpected but it’s not like a twist that has never been done before. Ironically, I read this because of the hype about the ending but because I knew there was a crazy ending I couldn’t enjoy it all the way.
The biggest questions I had while reading this were: “What happened to Cadence?” and “Why does she keep giving her things away?” The first question is eventually answered, but I felt like the second question was left up to me as the reader to decide. Cadence’s attitude towards things and objects was really interesting.
“…the accumulation of beautiful objects is a life goal. Whoever dies with the most stuff wins. Wins what? is what I’d like to know.”
– E. Lockhart, We Were Liars pg 46
Overall, it was an interesting read with beautiful writing but the over-hyped ending left me a little disappointed.
Content Rating: High, for strong language.
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