Author: Emily Lockhart
Published: May 13th 2014
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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.
I have not stumbled upon a negative review for this one yet. Yeah, a few DNF mentions among my GR friends, but mostly just “mind-blown”, “so good”, “loved it”, “brilliant”—these are the words and phrases come to mind from the reviews and thoughts that I have seen. After reading Tanja’s review and wanting to get out of a huge slump, I really wanted to give it a try.
“Do not accept an evil you can change.”
The writing is not for everyone. It reminded me of Tahereh Mafi’s writing in Shatter Me just without the strikethroughs. I didn’t understand why it had to be that way, but when I read the ending? I understood. I understand everything, and yet I understand nothing. The scenery was done beautifully. I could almost feel the warm sun on my skin, hear the children play outside, hear the water run to the shore and feel the tension under my skin from the scenes with all the grown-ups.
The saddest thing is that I can’t tell you anything about what happens after you hit the 70% or even before that. I can tell you nothing about how it will [probably] make you feel. I had emotions. Emotions so big that I started crying (Happy? Sad? Frustrated? Satisfied?) when I told about my feels to Nick (who DNF-d the book) and Tanja (who gave it 5 stars). This book moved me, and the metaphors, the fairy tales, the characters and their actions—gosh, it’s all such a mind-f that I still can’t wrap my head around all of it.
It’s a book you do not want to be spoiled for you. It’s a book that will make you swoon, but want to stab your pillow. It’s a book that will either bore or fascinate you. It’s a book that has a shock value (unless you’re Nick who figured out everything without even having read the ending). It’s a book that will leave you speechless. It’s a book you can’t talk about with people who haven’t read it, because a) you don’t want to spoil them; b) one who hasn’t read it, simply just cannot even begin to understand.
I appreciate what this novel represented and how it made me think. I thought about this one for quite some time and still do weeks after reading it. It’s not for everyone, I can say that. It’s not for everyone and not everyone will appreciate this book. But it does deserve the chance to be read. If you have read this book and would like to know my thoughts and feels, head over to this page and read my spoiler-hidden conversation with Nick and Tanja. Sorry that this review is so vague, just cannot help it. You need to experience it all by yourself and we can discuss later. I'll be waiting!
Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5.0