Book Review: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: May 13, 2014
Source: Borrowed from the library
Rating: ★★★★½

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.
True love.
The truth.

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.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

WE WERE LIARS is another one of those books where saying much about the plot would give away spoilers. What to say? Well, the story is told from the point of view of Cadence, a teenage girl who spends summers with her family on their private island. Cadence, her two cousins, and a friend, make up a close knit group known as the Liars. During the summer of her 15th year, she’s in an accident that wipes her memory of that time. Her family is secretive about what actually happened to her, so two years later she returns to the island to find answers.

I’m not a big YA reader, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The writing was lovely, and I can only say that I was consumed by the story. WE WERE LIARS is a quick read, but not one that’s easily forgotten. And the ending! Left me with a sick feeling. It’s definitely a book that will haunt my thoughts long after finishing.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

  1. Haven’t read it yet, I shy away from YA that isn’t fantasy-driven most times but I might start this. I’ve had it on my kindle for months but somehow wasn’t in the mood for it. Thanks for a good review.

  2. I’m not a big YA reader either but this one worked for me. I remember when I realized what was going on. I think my jaw literally dropped. Great review! This is a tough one because basically everything is a spoiler! I’m thinking about trying the audio now that I know how everything ends up.

  3. I have this and was concerned about it being YA. I generally only like dystopian, fantasy and science fiction in YA with the occasional paranormal. After reading your review I will dig this out 🙂

  4. Wow, sounds like a really interesting read. I don’t mind YA when it is a special one and this one sounds like it.

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