Published: Published May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Number of pages: Kindle Edition, 242 pages
My rating: (2.8 stars)
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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
A tragic story .. and a tragic disappointment. We were liars is a contemporary mystery with a beautiful prose that promises a lot more than is delivered. Which sucks.
We were liars is a sleepy book that follows Cadence Sinclair. Cadence who is rich, pretentious, privileged and loved. She spends her summers with her family and her closest friends who are also her cousins and the liars, which the book is named after, 4 in total. We become really familiar with the island on which most of the story is based and the map provided is of real aid.
Cadence is portrayed as broken. We learn about the past a lot in this book to help with the mystery of the future. Cadence wasn’t always broken and that is what we are made to understand. We were then asking why she became broken. The answers don’t come till the books end when all the pieces come together. The mystery which is dull is the main focus and other than that…
The book has no real plot point. The book can really be summarized in a sentence.
The secrets of a rich pretentious family unravels painstakingly slow on a holiday Island.
Although that makes it sound better than it is.
The book isn’t at all plot driven. There is a main focus on the characters. Their past, their present, their future which as Sin Clairs should be bright, which is why their constant self-pity is borderline irritating. The book is slow in pace from the start, as the background is set, there is no action. A lot of the book is dependent on the past and so there are flashbacks etc. throughout. This sets up context really efficiently and is necessary for the character development.
There are some major issues brought up throughout the book like racism, privilege and discrimination and it really made the book TOO INTENSE. The author tried to tackle too much with overused metaphors and witty writing but it ended up a mess.
The writing was
incoherent and hard to read
didn’t know what was happening
due to the weird writing style
to digest and
This is how the book was written mostly.
Although the weird format and confusing metaphors were irritating at times the writing was really the highlight of the book. It was somewhat poetic taking you into the book with descriptions as simple as a pounding headache.
The characters are all different and interesting from the surface but they’re not fully developed and I found it hard to connect. This is probably the worst thing about the book. Seeing as the plot isn’t phenomenal. The characters in this book are the world and they’re the focus but it was hard to focus on them. The main character we understand on another level but that is to be expected.
The book is labeled romance but it isn’t well done. Due to the lack of connection to the characters, I found myself not caring about the growing relationship. A lot of the relationship is also lived in the past which wasn’t romantic, wasn’t thrilling or at all fun to read. Gat, the love interest, is Indian which became a problem for them of course. Typical ‘I love you but our families don’t like us together’.
There are many things I care about but their love life is not one of them.
The book isn’t bad, but it was a tragic waste of my time. The ending was not satisfying and I found myself more confused than page one. Nothing was explained or resolved fully and I didn’t get any closure.
This book should be read with three things:
An open mind.
Preparation to be annoyed/frustrated/confused.
As little pre-hand knowledge as possible or you’ll find yourself bored.
Have you read any E.Lockhart books? How were they? Do you plan on reading this one? Are surprised by my negative review of this book? What are your thoughts on heavy metaphor use in books? Share, please… I’d love to know 🙂