We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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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.
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.

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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The Book Thief

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I have recently watched the movie version of The Book Thief and so far, it has captured me so much, something that no other movie has ever done to me.

A few years back, I have read the book written by Markus Zusak. The book, I can say, is as haunting and beautiful as the movie. It had been a worthwhile experience to read the book and I highly suggest it to everyone who might want to ask my advice on what books (any book) to read.

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The movie, adapted from the book, tells of 11-year-old Leisel Meminger’s journey as she finds a new home with the Hubermanns in a fictional German town called Molching in Munich, in a street called Himmel (translated as Heaven). Liesel’s story is uniquely narrated by Death, who tells the readers of the events that happened in Leisel’s life since her arrival at the Hubermann’s place during Hitler’s regime. The story revolves around Liesel’s relationship with her foster parents Hans and Rosa, with her neighbors and best friend Rudy Steiner; how she and her family risked their lives by hiding a Jew in the basement of their home, a person, by the way, in whom Liesel develops a friendship. And most importantly, how Liesel develops a deep love for books and how she eventually gets branded as the book thief.

The movie is loyal to the book and is rich in emotion, as well as beautiful cinematography and music that will certainly capture viewers deep into the heart of the story. A warning though: It does not tell of a happy story. But although it does not, it tells of so many important themes that make both the movie and the book very unique and interesting: it tells about family, of friendship, of love, of loss, of pain, of death—all in a matter of fact way, as what you would expect in a story narrated by Death. But what is beautiful in this story is that it is not pretentious. Death spoils you the worst and the bitterest things that could happen. And although you get the picture, you still yearn to see how everything will happen. You still go on with the movie anyway despite knowing what will probably happen next, enjoying the journey instead, savoring the moments with the characters you have learned to love until the worst part actually comes.

Still of Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) and Rudy Steiner (Nico Liersch)

The Book Thief (2013)

Still of Max Vandenburg (Ben Schnetzer) and Liesel (Sophie Nelisse)

The actors are also very good. I especially admire Sophie Nélisse as Liesel for acting brilliantly! Sophie brought out the innocent curiosity in Liesel. She has done a great job in conveying her emotions in various scenes in the movie–a very impressive act for a very young actress. And of course there is Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, two great actors that have both played their parts wonderfully as Hans and Rosa.

Again, watching the movie is not a happy ride. But it is memorable, and I encourage you to come and hitch along.

Official Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92EBSmxinus

Quotable book quote: “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”

Quotable movie quote: “If your eyes could speak, what would they say?” – Max Vandenburg

Did-You-Know: Composer John Williams has been nominated an Oscar (for the 49th time) for the score he composed for The Book Thief movie. Listen here: http://www.foxmusic.com/bookthief/

Sophie Nelisse as Liesel Meminger in 2014 the Book Thief (2013)

 
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