Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Published by: Delacorte Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
In-Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie.
I read this book about a month ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. It messes with your mind, in a good or bad way, I don’t know. That’s up to you, I suppose.
I picked up this contemporary over the summer because of all the hype it was getting, but I knew nothing about the book whatsoever. And that’s exactly the way it should be — you should go into this book knowing nothing, especially not knowing how it ends. Because trust me, if you know the whole story, there is no point in reading it at all.
E. Lockhart crafts the mystery and suspense in this book in such a way that I could not put it down until I was finished. The possibilities of what happened, what could happen, etc. ate away at me every night before I went to sleep. Most of the reviews I’ve read on this book have said that they figured out the twist far before the book ended, some even as early as into page three; and usually, I’m good at that too — figuring stuff out when it comes to mystery novels. But this one… wow. It caught me completely off guard. My reaction was basically
The writing, while I’m sure it’s not for everyone, was very unique, and I found it intriguing. (Some of the metaphors caught me completely off guard, though) You’ve probably noticed I’ve been very vague in this review; I haven’t talked about the characters or the gist of the plot, like I do in all of my other book reviews… and that’s for a good reason. Like I said, you should go into this book knowing very little. And when you’re finished… come back here and discuss, discuss, discuss. I want to know your thoughts, your theories. Until then, happy reading!
“But the thing that makes me really messed up is the contradiction: when I’m not hating myself, I feel righteous and victimized. Like the world is so unfair.”
“She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them.
She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.”
“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.”
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”
*Side note: This would make an amazing movie. And to be honest, I’d go watch it in theaters just to see the reactions of people who haven’t read the book.
*DISCLAIMER* If you have not read this book yet, I’d really recommend not going through the comments section in case there’s a spoiler. You can always come back here later to discuss after you’ve read the book! (Or contact me if you want to talk about it beforehand)