Publication date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Netgalley/Random House Canada
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.
We Were Liars is like a dream. That is the best way I can describe the whimsical writing, and the way I felt while reading it. It was intelligent, wild, beautifully written, full of intense family dynamics, provocative and intensely emotional. Full of twists and deceit, a first love that is so raw and real, and a friendship that is so rooted in love and trust in one another that the consequences are dire.
I’ve never read anything by E. Lockhart before, but I do have The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks that I borrowed from a friend. After finishing We Were Liars, it is an absolute surety that I will be picking up the rest of her books, if they are anything like this one.
I also really loved the use of Cadence creating the fairy tales. It created a very interesting way of her working through things in her mind, and created an outlet for her to talk about things she felt.
The setting of the island, full of family homes full of tension and greed. The poetic writing that completely captures Cadence’s despair and uncertainty. The bonds between family and the greed that can overtake you so easily. And a mystery that refuses to be answered, all while the reader is on a roller coaster ride of emotions and twists. We Were Liars simply put, is amazing. An emotional whirlwind story of hope, despair, family, forgiveness, deceit, rash decisions, and healing. E. Lockhart has set the bar incredibly high for 2014 YA Contemporary books.