Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars - E. LockhartPublisher: Delacorte Press  (May 13th 2014)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 Stars

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


So how do you write a review for a book that tells you: If anyone asks you about the ending,  just LIE.

Well, you don’t. So if you want to know what The Big Secret is, you have to read it. Sorry.

Just kidding. (But not really, because here comes my vague review! It’s either that or lie!)

We Were Liars gives off a very dark and poignant vibe. It’s about a family with secrets and untold truths. Basically nothing is ever as it seems.

The story is told in present time with flashbacks that help propel us towards the big reveal. The problem with stories that rely on “secrecy” is that most will automatically assume that there’s a “big twist” so you can probably figure it out. As a result, it’s probably not the type of book for everyone, as it can leave you a bit frustrated. That being said, I still enjoyed it and it still had me reading it pretty quickly to get to the end.

This is my first E. Lockhart novel, so I’m not sure if all her books are kind of like this, but her writing style in this was very…staccato. Abrupt. For the drama. I suppose.

Overall, this is book left me pretty heartbroken.

Or did it?

(Dun dun da)

{Thanks to Delacorte Press & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

  1. OH GOSH. This is like the millionth super cryptic review I’ve read AND IT’S ALL WORKED. I so badly need to read this book I can’t even function. 0.0 What is this secret already?!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    1. It’s totally that kind of book, it thrives of cryptic! haha.

  2. LOL,loved your vague review. I have this one and look forward to finding out the secret!

    1. It’s so hard to write without spoiling stuff, haha.

  3. The secret must be you’re all liars about there being a secret to this book!

    1. Ha! Wouldn’t that be a kicker? I think I would love that twist. Haha.

  4. Ha ha, your review reminds me of both times I saw E. Lockhart – she said something along the lines I would tell you what my book was about, but then my publisher would kill me and please lie about this book. 😛
    And you bring up a great point Cyn, if a book is portrayed as a book based on secrets, there no doubt would be a big twist.

    1. Haha, I think that was definitely their big marketing/selling point, no wonder no one can talk about it.
      It’s totally one of those expectations, if there’s a secret chances are there’s a twist! Thanks for stopping!

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