Book Review : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

May 12, 2014 Book review 7 ★★★★★

This book left me gob-smacked!  I loved it and initially rated it 4 stars but the more I thought about it, the more excited I got about it.  I ended up practically relaying the whole book to my husband and I figure any book that makes me that hyped deserves the full 5 stars.

First Line of We Were Liars:

“Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.”

My thoughts on We Were Liars:

When I laid this book down my first thought was holy shit, that’s how you sign, seal and deliver a plot twist.  I didn’t have a clue, not one clue and I adore when a book does that to me.  I had to immediately talk to someone about the book and that rarely happens but after flicking back pages furiously, re-reading parts and finally believing, I had to share.  Hence the monologue with my husband who agreed that it sounded really good.

From the first page, I loved the writing style.  Short sentences, often terse but ones that require your attention and make you think.  It’s contradictory but makes sense.  I can’t even explain the style but I think it’s one you’ll love or hate.

I loved the setting too, a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.  The family that are posh, privileged but still not happy.  I was envious off the cousins, with summers filled with days of swimming, boating, days reading.  It seems like such innocent fun and to top it all off there is a romance that captures all the feels of falling deeply and irrevocably into your first relationship.

An added bonus for me was the fairytale fables that parallel what is happening in the book.  These added another whimsical side to the book and I loved matching up the fairytales with the actual events.  And in the fairytales, the edgier truth is often more obvious.

But nothing is as it seems!  Read it and see!  Your meltdown awaits you!

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Pace
five-stars
Did I feel it?
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

 

Who should read We Were Liars?

If you like plot twists, you need this book!  Seriously!  And then you need to come back and talk to me about it.  Seriously!  PM me on twitter and I’ll help pick you up from the floor when you reach THAT part!

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

five-stars

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7 Responses to “Book Review : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

  1. Asti

    I’m soooo upset about this book. I keep getting so intrigued when I heard people raving about it on twitter and everything, and did amazingly well at not letting myself get spoilered. But then at a book club meeting with a bunch of bloggers someone carelessly revealed the plot twist, just assuming we all already read it, and boo. I’m just devastated that I was robbed of the experience. I really wanted to get my hands on the book and see what everyone was talking about, but now every time I see it the twist is in the fore front of my mind and I feel like there’s no point. 🙁

    But hey, I’m glad you loved it and got to enjoy the twist! Boo spoilers!
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    • trish

      I thought it was a great twist, I suppose because I was clueless. I know lots guessed the twist and it wouldn’t work so well then. But I loved it!

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