We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Format: Paperback (227 pages)
We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
My Rating: ★★★
Every now and then a book comes along that people seem to love wholeheartedly and then I read it with such high expectations that the book has a hard time living up to them. I think We Were Liars is the latest book to fall prey to this.
I went into We Were Liars knowing very little about the book, only that towards the end there is a huge, shocking twist that has blown readers’ minds. Unusually for me I had already figured out exactly what that twist would be before I was even halfway through the book and so I didn’t get the same Earth shattering revelation as everyone else which is probably why I didn’t love it as much as others have.
I don’t want this to be a negative review because there was plenty that I did like about the book. I really liked the different characters and the air of mystery that surrounded them. The writing style was poetic and the words seemed to dance across the page which certainly added to the mysterious tone that had been set from the beginning. I thought the romance was well written and cute. There was plenty to be said about familial relationships and there were some interesting takes on that to be found in this book.
Despite being quite a short book, it took me nearly a week to read this and I think it’s because I personally found it difficult to relate to the main character who is our narrator. Characters play a huge role in my enjoyment of the novel and I just found Cadence hard to connect with.
That being said there is plenty to enjoy about We Were Liars and I’m sure that many, many others will love this book for a very long time. I’ll definitely try another of E. Lockhart’s books in the future as her writing style has definitely caught my eye.
Have you read We Were Liars? What did you think?
What other books by E. Lockhart do you recommend?