Book Review: We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Be a little kinder than you have to be.

My thoughts before picking it up: honey, let’s not pick it up. It sounds like some suspenseful drama you’re gonna regret reading. You have enough suspense and a lot of drama in real life. You don’t want more of it.

But… I picked it up. I liked the blurb fine and the cover was interesting and all, but people were talking about some kind of twist at the end of the book and I wanted to know what it was. And BOY AM I SHOOK.

Not gonna lie, I really didn’t think I was gonna LOVE this book as much as I did. Sometimes, we just end up disappointed with the super-hyped books and I guess this one was quite publicized when it was released.

So, this is a story of a Sinclair family, where “no one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure.” This is specifically a story of three cousins and their friends, who are all called “Liars” for some reason. Cadence Sinclair Eastman is our narrator. Cadence and the other Liars–Cadence is one of the Liars–are super close and love each other. They spend their summers at Beechwood Island together but never talk after the end of the vacations. But something happens the year she turns fifteen. An accident. A tragedy, which makes Cady lose her memory and have severe migraine attacks.

I was totally hooked from the very first page. It was so interesting, and as it progressed, so many questions began pummelling my mind. I really wanted to know what the matter was, and how the book was gonna end. There was an extremely strong urge inside of me to skip all the parts and read the ending, and it was super difficult to quell. And when I reached the last part and realized what it was, I was shocked.

The Truth had totally taken me by surprise and I just KNEW it (even though I totally didn’t). I mean, I could never guess it in my entire life, but I knew it somewhere deep down. I just didn’t know what to do anymore with my heart because it was literally aching, and tears were spilling down my cheeks and I may or may not have called it my favorite book of all time at that moment.

E. Lockhart is such an ingenious writer and she’s created such a simple yet intelligent story. I am in awe of her writing skills. I loved the fact that it was written from the first-person POV of Cady, and we were always inside her broken mind.

And by the way, I totally shipped Gat and Cady. They were so adorable together, and I disliked (?) so many people from this book, but I think they were all humans after all. Including Cady.

I really adored this book. It was totally unputdownable, and I think you’ll LOVE it too if you’re into YA suspense stuff. I recommend it to everyone who loves to cry lol.

So, have you guys read it? Were you able to guess the twist? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: We Were Liars

  1. This is one of those books that I know I’ve read but if you were to ask me anything about it I can’t seem to pull any memories. According to my Goodreads I gave it 3 stars so I guess I didn’t hate it. I think after a while the stories of rich white families with secrets all start to blend together :/

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