We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 8 August, 2014 by Amanda / 9 Comments

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {Amanda’s Review}We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
three-stars
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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.

Very hard to describe this book.

Thoughts on We Were Liars

This is one of those rare cases where my enjoyment scale doesn’t really cut it here. I didn’t enjoy this book. It was intriguing. I had to know what Cady was heading toward. But enjoyment doesn’t quite cover it. It’s not a book I enjoyed, but it is a page turner.

We Were Liars plays on your sympathies. I knew going into the book that Cady was an unreliable narrator, but man. There’s unreliable, and then there’s unreliable. Cady is the latter. It makes sorting through everything that much more difficult.

And the ending is… an ending. Make of that what you will. It’s hard to talk about this book without messing with the suspense aspect (which is well done, mind you).

If you like a little mind-fuckery in your stories, We Were Liars is going to work for you. I still have no idea if it did for me.

three-stars

Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Amanda, Suspense, YA,

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9 Responses to “We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. LOL. I use this reference a lot, so if it’s a repeat, my apologies, but this–“I still have no idea if it did for me.” That is exactly how I feel about The Talented Mr. Ripley. It has been years since I saw, or thought about it, so maybe that’s the problem, but yeah . . . I don’t know, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I think I’ll avoid this one until I do . . .

  2. I loved it because it was so different from anything that I have read before. I agree with the mind fuckery and the unreliable narrator parts whole heartedly. I think this is one book where you kind of have to go into it blind or you won’t enjoy it all all, but even going into it blind, it could be hit or miss. Does that make sense?

    • Yup! It’s definitely something you need to go blind into, because you get the best experience that way, but I know some people who adored the ending. So it’s hit or miss.

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