We Were Liars Review

we were liarsTitle: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: YA, Drama, Experimental, Mystery

Publication Date: 13th May 2014 (published by Penguin Random House)

Pages: 240

Reminds me of: Just a tad bit of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Goodreads suggests Falling into Place by Amy Zhang



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. Taken from Goodreads

There is so much I want to stay about this book, but out of respect for anyone who has not yet read it I’ll keep it short and sweet because the ending is worth the secrecy.

There’s a lot of criticism about the prose which is one thing I want to defend. It’s short and sharp and punchy and a little detached. But if we’re being realistic here, we know from the beginning Cadence has experienced something traumatic. Since the story is told from a first person point of view, it wouldn’t make sense for her words to be eloquent and sophisticated. It’s the only realistic way of writing the story in this tense. So I commend Lockhart for her style here.

But the best thing I found was finishing that last sentence and feeling the gears in my head churn as every last detail connected and it all clicked. Pay attention to everything. Definitely going back for a second read knowing what I know now.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5 stars


2 thoughts on “We Were Liars Review

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