Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, General, Social Issues, Young Adult
Published by Random House LLC on 2014-05-13
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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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.
We Were Liars is by no means an interesting book. Sad but true. You’ll be reading page after page of what could be stream of consciousness narration from Cadence and you’ll see her try to piece together a “not so mysterious mystery”.
I feel really bad writing this review, because there has been so much hype around this book. For me, personally, I really couldn’t get it.
I didn’t connect with Cadence, our main character. I found her selfish, vain, and snobby. She’s a rich girl, and acts every bit as much as rich girls do. She does random acts of charity that are really anything but, and doesn’t really care much for anything other than her own life.
My favourite (if only) character in this book is Gat, because he seems to be the only one who’s “aware”. Gat is not rich, he’s an outsider from the Sinclair family, and I think that’s what made him so much better than everyone else. He wasn’t privileged so he knew the real value of money and hard work. He appreciated things more.
I didn’t really understand his relationship with Cadence because as I’ve mentioned before, I couldn’t see anything worthwhile in her. Their relationship was always a dance of “should I?” “This is wrong” “we shouldn’t, but we are”. It was unsettling.
I will agree though with everyone else, that it’s best if you don’t know what happens in the book. The less you know, the better. This is because the book is essentially plot-less. As Cadence narrates, we get flashbacks of different summers and different times. These really do nothing except add more pages to the book. I didn’t feel as if anything at all was happening with the book, and even with the supposed shocking ending I was left feeling unimpressed.
I did enjoy the writing. The author had a way with words that was really beautiful to read. Sometimes the purple prose was too much and sometimes difficult to decipher, for example:
Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
It took me a while to realize he had not actually shot her. And this happens many times.
Now, the ending… it was a twist. I saw it coming, but it was a pretty good twist considering the rest of the book. It definitely gave me a set of philosophical questions that I know ask myself all the time.
Overall, the hype really didn’t do much for the story for me. I do hope that if you read this one you’ll enjoy it more than me.
“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”
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