Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Published: May 2014
Publisher: Delacourt Press
Pages: 227
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads


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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Where to begin with this novel? It was nothing like I have read to date and really hit me hard.  The synopsis doesn't tell you much about what this novel entails and the depth of the characters involved.  The entire time I was trying to guess what was actually happening in the story but I wasn't able to figure it out until right at the end.  

Cadence is a member of the Sinclair family.  A rich, affluent family who spends the summers with cousins at their second summer home.  All of the Sinclair daughters bring their children to the summer island homes to roam and relax until the fall.  They are a tight knit family with rules about the way you should act and behave.  There are expectations and a bit of snobbery but when the cousins are alone by themselves, they find themselves wrapped up in their own little world.

Lockhart has you captivated with the characters and their innocence.  How teens tend to bond and discover each other and the world around them.  How they take charge and hold onto things passionately and believe in something so fiercely that there could be no other answer than the one they believe to be true.  It is a complicated story about relationships between friends and family and the way we treat each other.  The ties that bind the family will ultimately be the undoing of the Sinclairs and the truths behind them will be just as horrific.

E Lockhart has created an incredibly dramatic story that may have your head spinning with an unexpected ending.  If you were to pick one ISU novel to read this year, you could do wonders picking this one apart.  A guaranteed A+.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review! I just finished this one, as well, but I haven't had the courage to review it yet...It's a difficult book to discuss (especially without revealing everything that happens). I agree on the A+ rating.

    Alie M @ The Reading Habits of A Recovering Daydreamer