Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Read This: We Were Liars
by E Lockhart
The Goodreads Summary Says:
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.
This is the kind of book that's best to go into knowing absolutely nothing! So, if you're interested in reading it, skip the reviews until you're done.
I'd heard some buzz for this book, especially that it had some ending, and I wish I hadn't known that. Because I ended up thinking the ending was obvious pretty early on. At one point I was sure that the author only wanted me to believe that was what was going on, so I was a little disappointed to get to the end and see that I was right. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't figured out the what, although it was really interesting to read the how/why. I didn't expect the reasons, so there was still enough mystery to keep me turning pages.
Otherwise there was a lot to like about We Were Liars. I've been an E Lockhart fan since the Ruby Oliver series, and this book has a different tone but some similar ideas (wealth and how it affects people, family issues, good/dumb dogs) I loved the poetic writing, from Cady's unreliable descriptions of her life events, to the different variations on her story. I absolutely love reading an unreliable narrator, and there's plenty of that in a book called "We Were Liars." The book is really smartly put together. And the emotion at the end was pretty powerful. Overall a good book. Just try to hear as little as possible about it before reading
The Big Three:
Language: overall infrequent, but a few instances of the f-word
Sex and Stuff: some kissing
Violence: vague references to injuries but nothing explicit