We Were Liars by e Lockhart has received a ton of buzz and it started long before the book was even published. I just finished the Ruby Oliver sereis anot too long ago and I wanted more of Lockhart’s writing.
The thing that gets me about We Were Liars is how contrary it makes me feel. Let me explain. Cadence is an unreliable narrator. She doesn’t remember summer fifteen and so as the reader we are left in the dark with Cady. This works well when you want a “roller coaster in the dark” kind of read, but it also runs the risk of reader detachment. For the first two-thrids to three-quarters I didn’t care. I only kept reading because of all the hype. Then I inhaled the last fifty pages because oh my God that ending! This is the contrary part! I could have cared less through the first slow parts but loved the last part because of all the things. I wouldn’t have loved it though without all the really slow build up. Contgrary, no? Give me the fantastic ending but don’t make me work for it which means I won’t love it as much. Such a viscious cycle.
Any way I got this book from my awesomesauce library and the read was definitely worth my time investment. The new budget restrictive Stephanie is glad I saved my money and used the library!
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