I have two words for this book: STUNNINGLY HAUNTING.
I have first heard about this novel by Emily Lockhart through a friend, who also read about the book in John Green’s Tumblr account (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com). She immediately obtained an eARC (I do not know by what means) and started reading the novel. It affected her greatly. I, however, read the novel two weeks later.
It surprised—no, scrap that—it devastated me. It left my heart open and raw. After reading the novel, I dreamt about it and woke up in the morning feeling miserable. I would stop what I was doing and just think about it days after. I still think about it from time to time. The ending was not what I had expected. It is a total bombshell. But it is worth the read. It definitely is.
The novel follows the story of Cadence ‘Cady’ Sinclair Eastman during the summer of her 15th year up to her 17th year. It also tells about her family—the Sinclairs—and the Liars, a group consisted of herself and her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Johnny’s best friend, Gat. It tells of her adventures with the Liars, her accident, and her journey to eventually know the Truth behind the accident.
This is the first novel I have read of any of Lockhart’s works. But I can definitely say that I have been captured—enamored by her writing style. Her prose is lyrical and beautiful.
At first, I admit, I was bored with the story. There was not much going on. It just tells of Cady and the time she spends at the Sinclair family island every summer. But then, she gets into an accident and everything changes from there. I suddenly became gripped, I couldn’t put the book down. The author specifically instructed to lie about the ending when somebody asks, so no spoilers! Yet that is the fun of it. Without knowing the actual ending, future readers will equally share the surprise people who have read this novel have received.
Here is an excerpt of the book:
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.
Read We Were Liars. And by the end of the book, you might regret doing so. But then, I think, you won’t.
Most Memorable Book Quote: “There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.”
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