Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
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.
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.