We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Summary: 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.

Review: I don't... I don't know what to say.

I was actually on a reading kick; I was pretty much obsessed with reading. I couldn't/wouldn't stop. As soon as I finished a book I found a new one. It lasted about a week. Because then I read We Were Liars.

I'd been excited to read it pretty much since I heard of it. I've read all of E. Lockhart's other books; Frankie and Ruby hold very special places in my heart. And when she said this book was different from all of her other books, boy did she mean it.

I was actually pretty on board with it. I liked Cadence's metaphors and imagery, and I liked how she could use her flashbacks to understand sinister meanings behind seemingly innocent conversations she'd participated in.

But the ending... was horrible. Like, the events. I know it sounds overdramatic, but I think a little part of me died. Honestly, I wish I'd just looked it up on Wikipedia and found out how it ends. (Both because going into it knowing would have made me pay attention to certain things, and also because I would have been prepared. Honestly, I probably should have seen it coming, but I really really didn't. You're welcome, Reader/Author Contract.) (I just looked it up, and it's not on Wikipedia. But I could have found a way. Should have...)

Anyway, now I'm having a hard time finding a book I'm willing to read. I need something light and fluffy, but not crappy. Pancakes, as opposed to cotton candy. As it were. Any suggestions?

(In all fairness, my reading kick also got derailed because I recently obtained this, and it's been eating up all my free time. TALK about an addiction...)

Goodreads Shelves: addictive, bechdel-test, is-or-would-be-a-good-movie, is-this-a-kissing-book, pretentious



  1. I recommend A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, though it's been a while since I've read it and I can't remember why I loved it. I might need to reread it before I can guarantee it's pancake and not cotton candy...

  2. Is it as good as Cinder? Bc those books are actually what ended up getting me out of my reading slump (I wrote this review a while ago... should have changed it before I published it, eh) and I think I'm gonna judge all SciFi/FairyTales against them from here on out, if not all YA altogether.

  3. I really don't know. I gave it 5 stars on goodreads, but that was 2 or 3 years ago, and I've read about 500 books since then. (I know. It's a sickness.) It's a sci-fi retelling of sleeping beauty, but it has some interesting social and family issues that it brings up. I really have been meaning to reread it because I wanted to do a review of it. So just let me know if you get to it before I do. Otherwise I'll send you a review. ;)


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