Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Format/Length: Paperback/225 pages
Publisher/Date Published: Allen & Unwin/August 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Mystery-Thriller
Description: 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.
3/5 stars –
First off, despite the negative things I’m probably going to say, I really did enjoy this book. I’m only going to be judgement because of all the insane hype around this novel — when you read quotes from authors (John Green, mainly…) proclaiming how awesome something is, then you’re going to have high expectations. I enjoyed We Were Liars, but it was not what I was expecting. And not in a good way.
I flew through this novel. In like, an hour.
I’m a pretty quick reader, I’ll admit that, but this novel was short. I think, though, if We Were Liars had been any longer I probably would have found it quite boring. Yes, parts of it were thrilling; yes, there was intrigue and mystery surrounding the storyline and characters. (Guys, it’s really hard to be vague. I’m trying not to spoil it for anyone!) But there was also quite a bit of rehashing the past, which was understandable as the author needed to set up the plot, tone, and characters . . . but there were a few times where I wished something would happen. I’m not sure I’m explaining this right. Stuff happened. I wanted to know more about the present, rather than the past.
Oh, wow. Aren’t I eloquent?
I think because of the hype surrounding the end I just wanted to get to it.
If you know me, then you’ll probably know I like all things fairytales.
This story is no fairytale, don’t get me wrong — but spread across the story were fairytales, and in some way, that related back to Cadence’s situation. I thought that was awesome.
The wonderful, lyrical prose was . . . Well, wonderful.
I adore writing like this. I thought the way that Lockhart wrote the novel was brilliant, and I will most likely see what else she has published, because I am a massive fan of her writing style. Or at least, her writing style in this novel. It helped to set the tone of the story, as well, which was dark and curious and mysterious. She achieved that well.
To be perfectly honest? I didn’t care much for the characters.
I must be a horrible person or something, but urgh, I did not like the lead characters — or the “Liars”. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why they did what they did, but I didn’t connect with them. Any of them. Especially the main character; in fact, she was a little dull at times.
I did not see the ending coming — but I was not surprised.
Let me try to explain something here. I think it’s pretty much impossible to guess that ending, though I did have a faint suspicion that the story would be along the lines of what it turned out to be. There are clues scattered neatly around here and there, but you can’t really put them together until you’ve finished the novel. That’s great. And here is where I’m going to blame the hype. I knew something big was coming, so I was prepared for it. And in all honestly, it wasn’t that shocking. It did not blow me away. I think part of my reaction to the ending was because I didn’t particularly care much for the characters. You need to be strongly invested into the characters to appreciate the impact of the ending, I think.
So like I said in the beginning: I liked this. But it was not mind-blowing like I expected, nor did it amaze me.