Title: We Were Liars
Author(s): E. Lockhart
Pages count: 227 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 stars
When I rate a book 5 stars it’s because that book is re-read material and I will likely be re-reading it in the future. I utterly loved everything about it. The writing, the characters, the plot, the themes… E. Lockhart has taken me by storm and We Were Liars has become the best book I’ve read in 2015 so far.
I will try to write this review without revealing much of the plot since it’s best to go into the story knowing nothing about it. I will keep it short and sweet! The following premise is taken off GoodReads:
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.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
As I’m reading the synopsis I just gave you, I can’t help but wanting to pick it up again and immerse myself in Cadence’s world. And it’s only been 4 days since I finished it!
The mysterious aura and all the secrets surrounding this book is what made me want to read it because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Well, it did not disappoint in any kind of way. Yes, I guessed what was going to happen in the end about halfway through the book; but there were details that still threw me off so I enjoyed it all the way through. Plus, the writing was so good I just didn’t mind knowing!
One of the things that made me fall in love with this book right from the beginning is how the author describes pain. It’s so graphic and physical but poetic at the same time. It adds darkness and gore to the story while keeping it lighthearted (which is SO difficult to do). E. Lockhart knows how to write imagery and it’s probably the best I’ve read to date.
I particularly loved the main character. She was twisted, dark and so fitting to the story that’s being told. Her friends – The Liars – were very special sidekicks and their connection was palpable in everything they did. Mirren was caring and adorable. Johnny was hilarious. Gat was inspiring, but dangerous.
This book is a cry for help and attention, about hypocrisy at its finest, and about a family so broken they need a tragedy to glue them back together.
Would I recommend it? Hell, yes.