We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2014 by Random House
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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
So lemme start by saying I FINALLY read this book and I’m really happy to satisfy my curiosity, because honestly this is one of the most mysterious book out there. The synopsis didn’t tell you anything at all and neither are the reviews.
Now that I read it though, let me say that the synopsis is misleading because a) their friendship did not turn destructive and b) I can’t find any lies in this book??? I still don’t know why they are called the Liars.
But anyway, this book is the perfect summer read for how short and easy to read it is, and its setting on a private island. We Were Liars tells the story of four children/teenagers: Cady, Johnny and Mirren who are cousins from the Sinclair family, and Gat, Johnny’s step cousin. The writing is bare, it’s very simple but convey the emotions of the story very well. The story was told in the present with Cady recounting the events of the summers, so it started out with very idyllic, nostalgic feel and gets darker as the years go on.
“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”
I can’t say much about the other elements of this book without the risk of spoiling it, but I would say that the main character, Cady, and to an extent, the Liars and the whole family are not the most agreeable characters. They are wrapped in this bubble of privilege, of being rich and thoroughly the “American family” and yet they constantly whine and fight. The whole privilege and toxic family builds to an extreme that ended up in a horrifying tragedy. Or, stupidity, depending on how you look at it.
I would say it was not as shocking as I thought it would be, maybe because I was expecting a scandalous kind of shocking and yet what we got here is actually sad. Doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, but it was just different than what I was expecting. I understand why it was so explosive though when it was first released but since then there have been a few books with similar twist. While I guessed it early, I always love that type of twist and it always gives me shivers when it’s revealed.
While it ended up being different from what I expected, I still enjoyed We Were Liars. It was a quick read with beach settings, perfect for summer, I love the writing style, and the twists are still enjoyable. I can see why this is a very beloved book.
“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”