Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: May 6, 2014
“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.”
Don’t worry- this review is free of spoilers!
I decided to read this book after hearing SO MUCH hype about it from various bloggers, BookTubers, and other readers in general. I have read a few of E. Lockhart’s books before and I really enjoyed them, which was even more incentive to pick this one up soon. At first I was planning on waiting until the summer so I could read it on the beach and experience what the Sinclairs felt on their island. But I just couldn’t help but read it now- it was too enticing!
In the beginning, I was a bit nervous. It started out great, but it wasn’t quite AMAZING like all of the preceding hype had promised it would be. I did like the narrator and felt like I could relate to her rather easily, and fell in love with intellectual Gat right along with her. Lockhart’s writing was excellent once again. In this novel it felt lyrical, almost like poetry in some parts. I think the unique writing style she took on really complemented the narrator in this story. Her mind didn’t think strictly in prose, so why should the story be written that way?
I also enjoyed the whole idea of projected perfection and hidden flaws that this story played with. On the outside, the Sinclair family seems to have it all: lots of money, attractive looks, happy children with great potential. However, the inside is a completely different story. There is heightening tension between the mothers and their father, the main character’s dad is off in Colorado, and she herself is broken inside after the mysterious accident that threatens to overtake her. She is frustrated with the mold that the rest of her family is attempting to force her into, and she wishes that everyone else could experience the flaws that she sees every day. Gat’s character really bring this contrast to light, because he does and does not belong there all at the same time. Seeing this theme grow and develop throughout this story was really interesting and thought-provoking.
So I was enjoying the story, yet I wasn’t really wowed by it.
BUT THEN. OH MY GOODNESS, BUT THEN.
Then there was a HUGE PLOT TWIST, arguably one of the largest plot twists I have ever experienced. I absolutely did not see it coming, and it was clever and brilliant and just amazing. I actually had to go back and read about ten pages to make sure that I understood it correctly the first time. It was that mind-blowing.
This is one of those books that you just have to dive into without knowing really anything about it. Definitely stick it out to the very end- it’s ABSOLUTELY worth it!
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: DEFINITELY. It was such an amazing read, and perfect for the summer!
Have you ever read this book? What did you think about it? What other books by E. Lockhart do you suggest? Let me know in the comments section below!