We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Publication: Delacorte Press on May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 225 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Family, Romance
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.
We Were Liars. I've been meaning to read this book ever since its 2014 release. Yet, the book never quite made its way into my hands - until now.
This book is short and . . . not so sweet. It's a beautifully-written, haunting read. You'll either love it or hate it once you contemplate it. The more you think, the more you'll realize. Not all truths are good ones.
I don't even know where to start. The first few chapters going through the book, it felt like a yawn-fest. It was bo-ring. Too many characters, too many names to place without faces - I just couldn't keep track of the Sinclair family members. Some passages certainly stood out among others, however, and I began to gain interest in the text.
There has been quite a load of commentary on E. Lockhart's writing style in this book. At first, the writing seems very disjointed and redundant - not impressive at all. But to fully appreciate the masterpiece E. Lockhart has created, you must take a full step back to examine the whole picture. E. Lockhart? She's a genius. She warps words around her finger, bending and twisting the text as she pleases - along with our emotions. She is not an author to be taken lightly. There is a distinctive yet hazy feel to the entire narrative she weaved . . . and personally, I loved it.
Lockhart is also an expert at dropping hints. If you keep a careful eye while reading, you may piece together the mystery well before the final page is turned. And even though I did guess the twist, somehow it still came as a shock. It's not anything new, but E. Lockhart makes it feel that way.
My first impression upon finishing? The book was okay. It wasn't a favorite or a least favorite: It was right in the sweet center of the rating scale. But the more I thought about the text, about how it all came together, the many subtle clues, the more my rating improved. I didn't think the book was impactful or memorable until I finished and realized that I loved the book all along.
I hold a sense of deep appreciation for books as this one: Books that make you rethink the pages. Books that are able to reach you well beyond its pages.
And this book certainly does. It certainly will.
We Were Liars will haunt readers well after the final page is turned.