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.
Stephanie was nice enough to buy this for me for my birthday. We were then having a phone conversation in which we talked about this book and it finally encouraged me to read it. I know everyone says this book is all about that surprise ending and I knew I needed to know what exactly happened!
This book does start off slow. There is a lot of backstory to be told and many characters to meet on the beautiful summer island that this rich family lives on. This book really showcases both the beautiful and ugly side to how rich people live their lives. Everyone always thinks that in life if they were rich then most of their everyday problems would be solved but this book shows just how wrong that statement can really be. Lockhart shows the reader through the mind of Cady who is slowly growing up in this book as the summers pass by. She is pretentious, rude, kind in a way, stubborn, and hard to connect with. I say she is hard to connect with because she isn’t a loveable person, none of the people in this book are so it makes it hard to sit there and read about characters that you don’t care about to the base of your heart. I’m a character driven reader so I did struggle to read this at times because I couldn’t care less about these people. It is frankly hard to care for stuck up rich kids.
I really don’t want to say too much about this book because the bulk of what happens in this book happens near the very end. Even when you think you know what really happened that isn’t the case. I came across what I thought was the big shocking moment of this book and just shrugged my shoulders and said wow that was what I was waiting for…who cares that that particular thing happened. It wasn’t until that very end of the book that the last twist comes and it does shock you a little and it really makes you think.
Overall, this book is entirely about the ending. There is a lesson to be had while reading this book and the author does showcase the lives of rich people. As I stated in the beginning of this book those lives can be full of glam and sass but they can also be full of darker moments and indecision. I recommend going into this book knowing nothing of the story it will help you to really feel that impact at the end. For me personally the end didn’t make the book for me and so that is why I rate this one pretty low on the rating scale because it could have been better. One shock does not a book make.