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.
This book is absolutely haunting. It chilled me to the bone. There is so much I want to express, yet I know I can’t (or really, shouldn’t) say a thing.
E. Lockhart is one of those few authors who I will swear to read, regardless of what she writes about. This is a complete and total departure from her previous works. And yet, it is a masterpiece on its own. It’s harrowing and hard to swallow and dark. It is nothing like the sensitive and sweet neuroses of Ruby Oliver or the sassy entitlement of Frankie Landau-Banks. It does not need to be. The Sinclairs are so, so beautiful and tragic in a thousand opposite ways.
Like all the reviewers say, this book deserves to be read without spoilers. I adore knowing right away (and getting spoiled right away), but I resisted for this book. It was the right decision. It was necessary, in order to feel everything, feel it all cut deep.
So what can I say instead? If you aren’t sure about reading this book, you should. Its language is sparse. It has an air of mystique to it. It is refined—only the best of E. Lockhart is on display, as if these people deserve to be treated with the highest-class of respect. It is bounce, effort, and snark. It is sugar, curiosity, and rain. It is contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee.
There is a side story to serve as a foil. It is mysterious, sad, and beautiful as well. It is what fairytales are made of.
I am not really sharing thoughts on this book, but I am telling you to read it anyway.
- Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
- Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
- Pieces of Us – Margie Gelbwasser
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
- Where It Began – Ann Redisch Stampler
- On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald