Review: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Posted August 5th, 2014 by in *Review / 2 comments


Review: We Were Liars by E LockhartWe Were Liars by e Lockhart
Also by this author: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book
Published by Delacorte Press
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Read in: May 2014
Source: Public Library
Add to: Goodreads

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.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

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!



2 Responses to “Review: We Were Liars by E Lockhart”

    • Stephanie

      I have to agree with you on the BIG ending. It certainly would cause quite a lot of talk. I’ll definitely be picking up future books from Lockhart.

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