THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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 that will leave you reeling.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
'We Were Liars is heartbreaking, witty, beautiful and disturbing. E. Lockhart's best book to date.' JUSTINE LARBALESTIER
'A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.' SCOTT WESTERFELD
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
To say we were on edge while reading E. Lockhart’s dark coming-of-age tale is an understatement. Lockhart—best known in the U.S. as a YA author—concocts one of the most intriguing and devastatingly unreliable narrators in recent memory. Wealthy, pretty and witty, Cadence Sinclair Eastman spends summers on her family’s private New England island, along with her neurotic elders, her golden cousins and a beguiling outsider named Gat. When a freak accident robs Cady of her memories, we’re pulled into a twisted tale involving sibling rivalry, unrequited love, inheritance drama and plenty of head games. Lockhart’s writing sings, swooping from spooky fairytale incantations to crisp, sun-drenched imagery.
Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed "doing business I never bothered to understand," is the highly unreliable narrator of this searing story from National Book Award finalist Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks), which begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and most importantly the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie's longtime boyfriend. The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches, a brain that feels "broken in countless medically diagnosed ways," and family members who refuse to speak on the subject (or have been cautioned not to). , Lockhart's gimlet-eyed depiction of Yankee privilege is astute; the Sinclairs are bigoted "old-money Democrats" who prize height, blonde hair, athleticism, and possessions above all else. There's enough of a King Lear dynamic going on between Granddad and his three avaricious daughters to distract readers from Lockhart's deft foreshadowing of the novel's principal tragedy, and even that may be saying too much. Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won't see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you. Ages 12 up.
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I know everyone says that this is a good book, but I didn't like it that much. It might just be because I read too many fantasy books.
I hate this book so much I love it!! We Were Liars made me cry, laugh, smile, frown and so much more. It really played with my emotions like any good book should. They way the author described the characters emotions etc. with idioms and metaphors really got me interested and wondering, I honestly felt like I was in Cadences body\mind\position. I remember how horrified I was that the book was over. I want more!!!! Defiantly a recommendation for anyone 12+
We were liars made me cry, a beautiful book! You should read