Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars 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.


(Summary from GoodReads)



We Were Liars is a book that you should go into blind.    Because of that and the fact that this is my first Lockhart book, I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, and there were so many times when I thought to myself, “This is good, but is this where it takes a turn for the downhill?”  Guys, I now want to purchase all of Lockhart’s backlist.  We Were Liars was a mindblowing, emotional read unlike anything I’ve read before.

Lockhart’s novel is atmospheric—the setting was always clear in my mind.  The prose in this novel is really lovely.  It took some getting used to, but I appreciated the reason Lockhart used it, which the reader doesn’t really get it until the end of the story.

The plot of this novel is really twisty.  I had to stop and have several “whaaaaat” moments.  I’m not sure if I’d really describe it as fast-paced, but so much is shrouded in mystery that it’s hard to put this book down once you start. Thank goodness I had Ally to live text about it and several Twitter friends who’d read it.

The characters were really well done here. I got enough backstory that I felt like I knew each of them, but Lockhart told me enough about their present that I didn’t feel satiated.   I had to keep turning the pages to figure out what was up with them. Ultimately, each of their stories and their bonds with each other broke my heart.

I’ve never read a book quite like We Were Liars before, which is part of what makes it so remarkable.  It’s not a book you can DNF—trust me on this.  The ending shocked me, made me think, and made me cry.  This is a book that every YA reader should try.

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