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.
A story that left me emotionally spent, I must say I wasn’t expecting the types of emotions that I’d experience with We Were Liars. From the blurb, I knew something terribly wrong might have happened on the private island. There were clues fairly early on in relation to the cause of the accident and so to me, the level of suspense was on the low end. But what caught me off-guard was the internal war endured by one of the Liars, Cady. She was the brilliant, damaged girl mentioned in the book summary and she was the one who took me on a fragile ride of disquieting dread that left me feeling limp, worn out and exhausted.
A lot of the things happened in the book were subject to readers’ personal interpretations. Things weren’t all black and white and perhaps it’s at best to just leave it at that. Sometimes I felt I wanted to sympathize the characters but if I had to be honest, I didn’t think the characters were worthy of sympathy. And perhaps because of my unwillingness to soften my feelings towards the cast, I ended up feeling sad, unsettled and emotionally depleted.
Before I started reading, I thought We Were Liars was the type of suspense that fell in the category of either-you-fell-in-love-with-it-or-you-wanted-it-in-your-trash. After reading it, I knew my assumption was wrong. I didn’t completely fall in love with the story but I still want to own a finished copy of the book when it comes out. It’s not common that a story could mess up with my emotions like this and even when I disagreed with many of the choices made by the characters, I liked the atmospheric setting as well as the snippets of fairytale-like fables offered by Cady. I also liked the length of the story. Nothing felt redundant or drawn out and I was able to finish reading the book in one afternoon.