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.
Review: 3 Stars
I got a copy of this book at a library book sale for only 25 cents. I have heard that this book won many awards and a lot of my friends gave it good reviews, so when someone else wanted to read it with me I was excited, but I also had no idea what to expect. This is the kind of book that no one wants to try and summarize out of fear of spoiling the story, I won’t be that person either. The writing was fast paced and said a lot in very few words. I loved the use of imagery and how easily Cadence’s thoughts and feelings translated onto the page.
The characters fell a little flat for me. While I could relate with them at certain points, I don’t think I ever really particularly liked any of them. I felt emotionally disconnected from this story and I think part of that is because of the way it is written and I felt that Cady also felt disconnected from events herself. The twist did surprise me, but I think that it could have been done so much better. It could have been emotional or even just more suspenseful, but it was just all laid out for you, nice and anticlimactic.
The plot of this book doesn’t really even seem to exist. I’m shocked at how very little actually happened in this book. It’s not that it’s boring, but not a whole lot actually happens. The writing is good though and that is where this book shines. The imagery and how E. Lockhart uses so few words to show how vitally important something is or how Cady truly feels about something or someone is really unique. While it is a fast, easy read, I feel like this book is a prime example of telling versus showing and how it can make a book fall flat that could have been much better. I did really love that there were fairy tale re-tellings sprinkled throughout the book as metaphors for what was really going on at that point in the book. There were a lot of unique writing devices used in this story, which is why I can see how it won awards, but I also think that this book could have been so much better.
Overall I have a lot of mixed feelings. I enjoyed reading it and it had a fast pace, but very little happened. I love the writing and the imagery, but I also felt emotionally disconnected from the story. The whole book I was waiting to find out the truth and I felt like the ending was suboptimal. This book seems like it is either a hit or a miss, and for me it just missed the mark.