Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 3 stars
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.
This book is about a teenager who has selective memory loss about an event that deeply affected her prominent family. She tells the history of herself, two cousins, and a friend who spend every summer on a private island together, and then their regretful downfall that led to the mysterious events that caused her amnesia.
This book was pretty mediocre in my opinion. Not bad. Not great. I honestly expected more, and was left slightly disappointed. The beginning of the book was fantastic and starts you on an intriguing and mysterious journey. Unfortunately, the plot lacks originality. If you have read other books, or watched movies similar to this you will see the signs of what is coming. Still, I continued in hopes that I was wrong and this would be something different.
I can’t fully say anything about the writing because I was listening, and I’m much more visual than I am auditory. The wording definitely seemed somewhat poetic and eerie. My only issue was that at times it felt too dramatic for the situation… like the author was trying to make the book into something it wasn’t. It could just be her style as this was my introduction to her. There was too much metaphorical “bleeding” mentioned for my taste.
Although the book was short (6 hrs audio), the pace was slow and at times a little boring. This may have been due to my inability to connect with the characters. I just never really felt anything. I liked the main character enough, and wanted her to find out what happened to her. I also found the dynamics of the family interesting. What I had trouble with was deciphering all the secondary characters. They didn’t really have any stand-out qualities and I often got them confused.
There is some romance in this book. Although I liked the significance of their relationship, it was a little dull. It lacked the butterflies and giddiness that I desire, but I understand not all love is like that.
After reading this book I went and read all the reviews like I always do. It’s my introverted method of discussion. When reading the reviews for this book I continuously read that people sobbed during this book. I didn’t shed a tear and I can cry about almost anything.
I did like the narrator. She was pretty decent with voices. Although she occasionally sounded like she got as confused as me and used the wrong voices for the characters.
Overall, it was enjoyable enough, but nothing too spectacular to me. I think if this is your first time reading a book like this, and are blown away by the twist you might love it :)
Cover: Love! It completely drew me in!
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