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.
The synopsis provided for this book, by Goodreads and everyone else, is very very vague. So it comes as no surprise that I didn’t know what to expect going into this book but there had been a lot of hype surrounding it and I’d heard many good things so my expectations were high. While grabbing the summary from Goodreads, I also noticed the huge Goodreads Choice 2014 winner badge, so needless to say, it’s a very popular book.
We Were Liars accompanied me on my long bus journeys during my internship and it made the journey there and back (around 4 hours in total…) bearable. The book itself is only 225 pages long and I finished it during one full journey. This story had many strengths that all contributed to my enjoyment including complex characters. I rarely ever love most of the characters in a story but, after a while of putting up with her complaining, I even became attached to poor Cadence (the main character). I loved the plot and how it unraveled piece by piece, and E. Lockhart’s style of writing was unique and refreshing. We Were Liars is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year.
I don’t want to give away too much because the best thing about this book is that I went into it clueless. However, it’s somewhat obvious from the beginning that there is going to be a major plot twist but even knowing this didn’t help when it actually came around. I was completely and utterly taken by surprise. On a bus full of people. My reaction was priceless. As soon as I got home I called my best friend to rant for a good couple of hours and I couldn’t stop thinking about the ending for a while. In the short time, I had actually grown very much attached to the main group of friends and the ending completely shattered me.
Now you should understand why this review is only up now even though I read it about three weeks ago.