#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Don't miss the eagerly anticipated prequel, Family of Liars.
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.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Best known as a YA author, E. Lockhart 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.
In this noir YA drama, three privileged cousins and a friend meet each summer on a private island, where they confront first love and staggering losses. Reader Meyers does an excellent job with the main character, Cadence, whose dialogue requires the full range of emotions. At the beginning of the story, Cadence seems like a typical sullen teenager trying to find her place in the world and wondering why her boyfriend doesn't write back to her. As the story continues and grows darker, however, she pieces together her spotty memories of an on-island accident that wrecked her health and distanced her from the family, a whole cast of characters that Meyers also voices. These characters include Cadence's snobby mother and her two shrill, money-grubbing sisters, who spend the bulk of their summers trying to wheedle themselves into their father's good graces and substantial inheritance. Where the narration falls short is with the grandfather, who gets a voice that is stereotypically gruff and shaggy, even in his rare tender moments. Ages 12 up. A Delacorte hardcover.
Deep and intricate, wonderfully written but slightly disappointed in the ending. Not a fan of unrealistic fiction, a different plot twist would have been preferred. That's all I can say without giving everything away!
A special gem
Magically fantastic. My daughter bought the hardcover a few days after release and only 12 days later four of our family have enthusiastically devoured it. No book has ever made the rounds that fast. Must read.
Haunting, Riveting, and just so Beautiful
I get how some might not enjoy the ending, HOWEVER, I thought it was as close to perfect as it could be (I don't believe in perfection).
I read the book in less than four hours (then spent another hour talking nonstop about it ☺️). The writing and the way it flowed so well throughout the whole book made it just impossible to put down. The characters were great and had believable and enthralling development behind them that surmounts to the story and makes it so that the reader becomes completely absorbed into the cold and material world of the Sinclairs, and in particular the Liars who despise it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked Broken by C.J. Lyons or Six Months Later by Natalie Richards (they both had similar underlying tones but the narration in We Were Liars is so much more amazing).
Also, one last thing: when I saw the book I immediately loved the title, and the cover art practically forced me to by it. After reading it though, when I took just one look at the cover and started crying because I understood the title.
Again, it is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. I hope my review convinces you to read it! 😘