Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Series: N/A
Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (May 13, 2014)
Rating: 4.25 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)


GoodReads Synopsis

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.
True love.
The truth.

The novel, We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart describes the summers of Cadence Sinclair Eastman at a secluded family island.

Warning: Review contains spoiler!

This book is told in the first-person from Cadence’s perspective. The main literary conflict was character vs. self as Cadence struggles to remember a traumatic event.

Although I could not personally relate to any of the characters, I liked how the author developed each other the main character. E. Lockhart hooked me from the first chapter, which is significant, considering that is contemporary/realistic fiction. The author managed to write with the intensity and suspense of a fantasy novel, while maintaining the reality and honesty of realistic fiction.

The plot moved in an interesting manner–not chronological, but jumping from memory to memory, which I thought made sense because the protagonist (Cadence) doesn’t remember everything after the traumatic event. Despite the plot’s simplicity, the book was still very suspenseful by focussing on developing the characters and their motivations, all of which were very key in the making of the traumatic event.

When the book ended, it was awful, bittersweet, and simultaneously unsatisfying and satisfying. Every little plot piece came together in a terrible, but logical fashion. In the end, I emphasized with the main character, but also was proud since she’d finally remembered what had happened without any help.

It was a genuinely heartbreaking novel and emotionally impacted me more than John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I loved this book and would easily recommend it to anyone who likes YA contemporary fiction or the works of John Green and Gayle Forman.

To be honest, after looking at other reviews of We Were Liars, I think that this book is a hit or miss. If this book sounds like your type of book, I’d strongly recommend it. What are your thoughts on We Were Liars? How do you think it compares to other contemporary works? Feel free to leave you thoughts in a comment 🙂


One thought on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. I really want to read this book, it looks like the perfect sort of thing for this time of year, haha, I might treat myself to a copy. I’m not gonna read your review yet though, haha, seeing as it contains a spoiler! 🙂

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