Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
No. of Pages: 240
Genre: Young Adult; Fiction
Origins: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
Release Date: 13 May 2014
Bottom Line: Outstanding story – one of my favorites all year!
“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.”
Thoughts: We Were Liars is one of those novels that proves impossible to review. To give away even one inkling of the story, however inadvertently, would be to ruin this magnificent, tautly written, highly suspenseful novel. Suffice it to say, The lines between family secrets and family love completely blur, as Cady spends one last summer with the Liars and the rest of their extended family.
We Were Liars is the type of novel in which it is essential to start reading with no expectations and no idea what is going to happen in the story. The Sinclair family will entice and horrify as Cady discovers the family secrets, while the novel’s idyllic setting belies the serious nature of those secrets. This powerful, evocative story unfolds quickly, and Lockhart’s mesmerizimg prose weaves a spell over the reader, all but requiring that the story be read in one sitting, something with which readers will happily comply.