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. (From Goodreads)
THE FAERYS VIEW
In some ways, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, was predictable yet also surprising. I thought I had it figured out only to find that I didn’t.
Cadence Sinclair or Cady is a 16 year old girl who reflects back on the past summer when she was 15, a summer that she really can’t remember due to a traumatic accident that left her with a severe head injury so she relies on her cousins Mirren, her brother Johnny and his friend Gat to fill in the blanks for her. For reasons that you’ll have to find out on your own, nobody really wants to discuss the events that lead up to ‘the traumatic’ event. Cadence and her cousins have summered on their grandfather’s private island in Martha’s Vineyard for most of their lives, which have been quite privileged.
The story is told in Cady’s voice and alternates between the past and present which I think is necessary to fully understand who Cady once was and who she is now. Understanding the impact of every story she tells is important to realize the depth of the dysfunction within the Sinclair family.
What happens that summer before Cady turns 15 is, indeed, hideous and horrific and I believe that this book is incredible despite what I said about some of it being a bit predictable. There are parts of this book that I found absolutely brilliant and Ms. Lockharts descriptive narrative is gorgeous. There are secrets that will shock and surprise most readers but I’m of firm belief that you should find out about those through the chapters as you read!
I have, and will continue, to highly recommend this We Were Liars by E. Lockhart!