Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


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. (From Goodreads)
We Were Liars is written by E. Lockhart and published by Delacorte. It was published on May 13, 2014 and is 227 pages.


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!


  1. Hi Dear!! Hope you are doing well. So glad to see you back around. :)

    This sounds like a lovely read. So glad you enjoyed it so highly. :)

    1. Hi Mel! I'm doing wonderful! So glad to see you!

      It was an awesome read, very unique!

  2. I like that when past and present are mixed, mainly when it's well done. I heard a lot about this book but I haven't tried it yet, maybe one day.

    1. I hope you get to read it, Melliane! It's very good and I like when the past and present tense are done well, too! In this case, it was done exceedingly well.

  3. Yay I'm glad you enjoyed it! I actually didn't guess the ~secret~ until the absolute last moment. And then I cried myself to sleep. ):

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    1. I know, crazy, right? I really enjoyed the entire reading experience that Ms. Lockhart provided. It was emotionally deep reading and on so many different levels. I'm definitely going to be reading more of her writing!