Synopsis: 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
Genre: Young Adults Literature, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Cover: The cover of the book is a serene scene of several teenagers standing in the ocean, who are supposed to represent our Liars. The picture sets up an assumption that the book may be filled with summer adventure and romance, but the words “WE WERE LIARS” plastered on the cover obviously puts a different idea into readers’ heads. Personally, the cover simply sparked curiosity in me along with the endearing summary.
What I Have To Say: This review will have to be as vague as possible, unfortunately. In order for anyone to actually enjoy this book, they really are not allowed to know anything about it besides the fact that it is undoubtedly nerve wrecking, suspenseful, and contains a miraculous heart wrenching plot twist.
In the book, our main character, Cady, is part of the “perfect” family. They are all known and reffered to as the Sinclairs. . They’re rich, beautiful, and, above all, corrupt. Every summer the Sinclairs spend their summer on a family owned island. Our main character recalls previous summer she has spent on the island filled with adventure and joy, and of course, family spats that seem to become more frequent every single year. Then one summer in particular something happens that Cady cannot recall. She wakes up in a hospital in a daze and injured with no recollection of what happened. As time passes on, she does remember some things that occurred the night of her accident, but nothing concrete enough to explain what caused her to go swimming in the middle of the night causing her to hit her head against a rock resulting in her amnesia.
As Cady spends two confusing summer’s away from the island, she experiences frequent migraines and subtly gets high off the pills that are prescribed for her. She starts to give away her things and she dyes her beautiful blonde hair to black, and tries very hard to make a statement that she is not the same as her family. But when she returns to the Sinclairs special island, she is determined to discover herself, find out what went wrong, and why everyone has been lying to her.
Cady is a very lost character and she struggles so much with herself in order to understand what had happened that one summer night. The reader endures these daily struggles with her. What really inspired me was no matter how many times Cady reached a dead end she would not give up, even though multiple times I thought she would have.Our main character has a melancholy tone, but is also tragically poetic. I love the tone Lockhart has given Cady because it identifies the type of person she is and the reader can feel the frustration seeping from her story.
Cady’s family, who are all included in the book, is so entertaining and they remind me of a soap opera, but a really good one. The drama coming from her family is exciting and ties in completely with the plot. Without them, there really wouldn’t be that much of a story. But of course the Sinclair family is hiding something from Cady, and I really commend them for doing so well. The Sinclairs are very good liars, and she becomes more and more determined every day to find out whatever it is that everyone is not telling her. The more determined she becomes to find out the truth, the more determined the reader becomes as well.
I never would have known that this novel would be so intense and absolutely heartbreaking, but it is mysterious, thrilling, a quick read, and a great book if you would like an adrenaline rush. With a devastating plot twist that pulls the whole story together (and still provides the reader with closure!), We Were Liars is an excellent read. That’s something I can not lie about.