Author: E. Lockhart
Edition: Hardcover, pp. 240
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published Date: May 13th, 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.
Date Read: June 15-18, 2014
As you may have heard by now I can’t exactly review this novel without giving too much away. So I’m going to do my best, but really your best bet is to read this and see for yourself what everyone is talking about.
If I could give you any advice at all, it’d be to dive in with an open mind and do not try to guess how it ends. I didn’t do that. I guessed halfway through and I was half right which means I half-ruined it for myself. Don’t do that.
We Were Liars is about the Sinclair family and their summers spent on a private island they own. The Liars are four teenagers, all cousins except one who is the best friend of one of them and who comes every summer to the island.
If you’re like me you might get really confused looking at the family tree posted in the beginning. Don’t try to sort it all out right then, just refer to it as you read, it’ll makes things easier to understand. There is a Grandmother and Grandfather, their three daughters and sons-in-law and their children. Each family has their own house on the island that was built specifically for them.
The novel really is an account of their summer explorations. Of course there’s more but I can’t go into it without spoiling it.
As far as main characters go Cadence is likable, if not a bit strange. Okay that’s not fair the entire family is strange. But I am pretty sure they were written strange in order create a certain atmosphere. While reading this book you can’t help but feel like you’re on this island with them, sharing their lives.
My only complaint is towards the end the flashbacks can be super confusing, because there’s no notice, just a line break. Also, I feel like the writing style might be a personal preference. It took me a little bit of time to get used to. It’s nothing too peculiar just not how everyone else writes, which is probably why I ended up liking it so much.
The novel is teeny. Just a little over 200 pages. Super easy to read all at once. Pacing was fantastic. Yes, the book is short, but it was really the pacing that kept up this really nice flow from start to finish.
All in all I would recommend this book as a summer read or during the winter months when you’re dreaming about warm weather 😉 I wouldn’t suggest individuals under 15 read this.