Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Random House LLC
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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.
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.
Tbh the only reason We Were Liars has three stars rather than the two I was leaning towards is because the prose is so good it deserves its own star. If nothing else, the writing is consistently fantastic throughout.
The characters, however. To borrow a phrase from Dee, ‘oh dear lord’. I just don’t have the patience or sympathy for stories for put-upon poor little rich kids, and since the crux of the novel depends almost entirely upon your sympathy for this group of characters, it just fell flat for me. I found it difficult to care about any of the four Liars and found myself getting incredibly irritated by the token Indian guy because the colour of his skin is literally the most important thing about him. Cadence, our main character, is so one-note; she’s not nearly a dynamic enough character to carry the story, I feel. All these potentially interesting things are happening with her – she has amnesia! Ooh! She gives everything she owns away! She has faint memories that don’t make sense! I was so intrigued to find out what happened but I figured out the twist pretty early on so when the reveal happened I was just ‘eh’.
I wanted more for a story that promised so much and just didn’t get it. I don’t understand the point of the reveals because it just ends up being another story about how mistakes were made and how repentant the characters are. Literally every character in this book is a terrible person but can’t seem to accept that?? I mean if you’re going to do awful things at least commit to it *rolls eyes* It’s not interesting to read about regret after the fact, not when this story could have taken far more intriguing routes. What a boring let down tbh. I’m sure this book will have its fans; it seems to have made huge waves across the YA community but it did nothing for me, I’m afraid. If Lockhart had turned this in for homework I would have sent it back with a B+ and a comment that said it was okay but that she could have done so much better.