Monday 23 February 2015

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 227
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Series: -
Where I Got It: Chapters

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.

E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels. 

Liars site:
Twitter: @elockhart


Oh. My. Gosh. I think I just loved this book to pieces. I feel as if I have no words to describe the many emotions that coursed through me when I read this book. Anger, romance, shock, more anger, and more shock. For those of you unaware, this book is a psychological thriller. This is what intrigued me into the book. It's psychological portion of the story is what made it all exciting and fun. I'm glad I got the chance to read this story because I was actually considering not reading it until it unexpectedly came back into my life when my book club wanted to read it. I'd heard of it, but never read it.

I like the cover, but I'm not the biggest fan of the title. I mean, yes the story was great, but who are the liars? The group of friends? They certainly never lied. I just didn't understand why the protagonist must constantly call them "my liars". They weren't liars. It just didn't make sense at all, and I must say that that is the sole reason for the 4 star rating. It isn't the writing (which was done amazing) or the characters (who could be slightly annoying) but the fact that they were liars when they really weren't. I also felt the main character has rich-girl problems. Ugh. I just tried to ignore that little piece.

I must say the author did a fantastic job writing the end scene. I found this novel to be quite poetic and I loved reading the ONCE UPON A TIME stories because every one gave you a little hint of what was happening. However, I must say that when the big "reveal" came I wasn't shocked. Within the first 10 pages of the novel, I guessed the ending. It's a gift and a curse. I didn't guess the entire ending, but I did guess little pieces. I must say though, the big reveal was a little depressing. I was expecting some sort of explosive ending or big shock (which it definitely was, but not to the extend I was expecting). But, as I said, the author did an amazing job with the writing for the end scene. Just amazing. I just need a minute to clap (clapping).

The story itself was a little weak in some spots I would say, but I loved the idea of the beach and houses. I especially loved the map at the beginning; being a visual learner has its up and downs and I'd say that the map really helped me visualize. I can't say for sure if I loved this book as much as I feel I do because it reminded me of my cottage. At my cottage, all good memories come and with that comes this feel-good feeling that I couldn't seem to shake when I was reading this book.

I highly recommend this story to all young readers.


  1. Really? I didn't like this book as much, but it was still really cool because it reminded me of the summertime.

    1. There was some things I didn't like too but yeah definitely getting the summertime vibe from this book