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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.
I went into this book half blind and decided to request it from Netgalley since I had seen a few high star reviews, so I decided to give it a shot and I am certainly glad I did. There was a lot I really enjoyed about this story and it has stayed with me since I finished it and I think it will stay with me for a while after.
The main character, Cadence, is part of a group of friends that call themselves the Liars. I am not sure if I just didn’t pick up on something, but I’m still not sure why they call themselves the Liars, especially since the adults lied more than the group did. But, anyway, Cadence we get to see before and after her accident and how it affects her. Her friends are each very different from one another and have different personalities, so they stand out well from each other.
“Gat seemed spring-loaded. Like he was searching for something. He was contemplation and enthusiasm Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”
Though there wasn’t a lot of action going on, I enjoyed the writing style, which felt lyrical and poetic. It isn’t fast-paced, but it still keeps a hold on you and makes you want to read more. For me, it is beautiful and honest writing. One of my favorite things about this story was the ending. Generally, it takes a lot to surprise me, and this story did it and it will tug at your heart strings in the process. Also, there are some time jumps back and forth a few times, so if you are someone who gets confused by time jumps, just be warned because sometimes flashbacks just jump right in.
Definitely a book I recommend, especially if you are a contemporary fan or enjoy surprise endings. Beautiful and tragic, one you won’t quickly forget.
Beautiful writing, surprise ending, enthralling, powerful.