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.
Go into WE WERE LIARS blind. That’s pretty much the best advice I can give you when it comes to this book. Have absolutely no idea what it’s about–but if you do end up reading the blurb, keep in mind that the whole book is written like that.
This is probably the book for me. The one that made me love E. Lockhart, because I have to say–this book is clever and cruel and amazing in a way that I’ve never seen her books before. No matter what, I can’t seem to stop going back to it and rereading snippets.
The only problem I had with WE WERE LIARS was the writing style, a problem I’ve never really encountered in Lockhart’s books before. The fact of the matter is, the only word I can really use to describe this is choppy. The words are smashed up, periods put in here and there to make the prose and language more dramatic.
Overall, I’m conflicted right now. GO READ WE WERE LIARS. While the writing is debated back and forth between reviewers right now, the plot and the characters really shone in this novel and I was glad to have read it. The themes are beautiful and elegantly pulled off, the underlying subtle suspense some of the best I’ve ever read. The cryptic blurb only ensures your full enjoyment of WE WERE LIARS, and you’ll fall in love with Cadence and the rest of the Liars. 4 stars.
Honestly, I can’t say that I enjoy this book too much now. While I do still love the plot, there are still many places where I can’t handle the prose and it’s just a little too flowery and poetic for me. The themes are great, but it’s not a story I would overly recommend.
pg count for the kindle edition: 240