Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review: We Were Liars

Title We Were Liars

Author E. Lockhart

Release Date May 13, 2014

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.

If I had one word to summarize We Were Liars, I think I'd pick boring. The whole thing felt rather pointless. The book didn't have much of a plot other than Cadence understanding what happened during Summer Fifteen. So, we trudge through this book (and trudge feels like the only appropriate word) to find out the big secret and... okay. That's it. Here's the secret and here's the end of the book. It wasn't interesting. I didn't develop any sort of emotional attachment to any of the characters, so by the time the "big revel" happens... I don't care.

The writing was odd and felt disjointed. I didn't care about any of the characters. I certainly didn't understand why they were called Liars. And by the end of the book, I was happier to move on to other books.

It seems there are many mixed reviews (I'm still not sure where the raving reviews come from), I'd vote to skip this one. There's better books to enjoy out there.


2 out of 5 stars

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