Well written with good twist. Will read again.
The story of one family, one summer, and one act that may never be forgiven. 'Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart.utterly unforgettable.' JOHN GREEN
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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 that will leave you reeling.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
About the Author
Emily Lockhart is the author of eight YA novels including The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. She has a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught composition, literature and creative writing. Her books have been translated into ten languages.
Well written with good twist. Will read again.
This totally blew me away. It had drama, mystery & obnoxious characters... Just from the title & tone of the novel I knew there would be a twist coming – & I kind of guessed it, but not entirely. More like I had the gist of it, but when the big reveal came at the end I was like Oooh. I'm not usually one to favour stories that are fragmented or filled with flashbacks, but in this case it worked. With an unreliable narrator like Cady everything that is written has relevance – it's a big puzzle & you just have to find the right way everything fits together. There is also a tone of racism, elitism, entitlement, & social justice that resonates strongly in the subtext. Along with that are themes of selfishness, idiocy, & innocence lost. It's like a big swirling mass just under the letters on the page: a strong reflection on real life. For such a short book it really packs a punch. Maybe I'm a little disconnected, or in shock, or simply disorientated from all the going's on in the book, but I didn't really laugh or cry. And I was expecting to. So that is the only reason I deducted a mark – lack of emotional connection. Quite possibly it is also because all the cast were flawed and there is no clear definition of what is good or bad & who deserves punishment or not. I marvel on the weaving of the storyline, the craftsmanship of plot & character – clearly the best book I've read of E. Lockhart to date. I will say that the writing style is brief & jarring at times – almost like slam poetry. It is intentional, reflecting the way the protagonist, Cady's brain works, but it was another small aspect that pulled me from the narrative. Those few words built a strong picture, but I wanted to exist in the moment longer. It felt all too brief. Maybe that's part of the reason I lack a strong emotional connection to the story because the writing style hit me like a drive-by....wham! And then it's gone. Red taillights shrinking to blurry pinpricks in the distance. Highly recommended.
This book is by far my favourite book I have ever read and has such a good twist to it. It is full of surprises and jaw dropping m,oments. Also the book that leaves you sobbing and leaving you to question the book. It is full of all different emotions (love, anger, depression, guilt). I recommend this to all young adults looking for a book to read.
New South Wales
I had heard about this book from a number of people and decided to pick it up, and I'm so glad I did. Despite the slow-ish beginning, the book does pick up quickly and I couldn't put it down after that. Got two of my friends to read it as well and they were in love with it too. Amazingly written and a fantastic story.
I couldn't put the book down once i started and read it all in one day. It's now one of my favourite books all time
I was recommended to read 'we were liars' from a friend who had the book and i read the story in one sitting. It was engaging, compelling and just down right creative. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves surprises and well written novels with realistic characters.
'We Were Liars is heartbreaking, witty, beautiful and disturbing. E. Lockhart's best book to date.' - Justine Larbalestier 'A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.' - Scott Westerfeld
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13 - 18 years old
For Grades: 8 - 10
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Edition Number: 1