Book Review: We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - Paperback, 227 pages - Published May 13th 2014 by Hot Key Books

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Paperback, 227 pages – Published May 13th 2014 by Hot Key Books

I honestly had no idea what to expect with this book. Even part-way through, I wasn’t sure. But as the end drew nearer, I began to fall in love with the heartbreak and tragedy within the pages.

It tells the story of the Liars: Cadence, Gat, Johnny and Mirren. Mirren, Gat, Johnny and Cadence.

The Beautiful Sinclair Family spend their summers on Beechwood Island every year. But the aunties are fighting over Granny Tipper’s possessions after she passes away, and the family is being torn apart. The Liars want their idyll back; they’ll do anything to fix the family.

This is a love story, and it is a tragedy. Cadence begins to remember the horrific events of summer fifteen, when she was involved in a terrible accident. Her memory comes back in pieces, and she has to fit the pieces together like a jigsaw. When the final picture is complete, I was so shocked – it made too much sense, yet no sense at all.

The writing style is simple and to the point, but also full of wonderful metaphors. There are extracts of a fairytale variation every now and then, which I personally think was a very nice touch. It’s rather unique in the way it’s written, but in a good way. It has several phrases that are repeated throughout the story, or developed upon, which works nicely in this book.

Also, there are a few visual aids for the story; a may of the island and a family tree of the Sinclair family. While that could be seen as childish, I appreciate the diagrams as they help to keep track of the characters, though I did get a little lost and confused at times still.

Map of Beechwood Island

Map of Beechwood Island

Overall, I think We Were Liars deserves 4 stars out of 5. It’s different, unexpected, and full of emotion. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it really grew on me as I read.




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