Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were LiarsThe Booksplosion read-along for June is E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. As others who have read this book have said: go into We Were Liars without expectations and no spoilers. This is the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

For those who are planning to read this, all you need to know is that this is a great book. It’s a page turner. I think it’s a beautiful book. Also, please head the warning about no expectations.


For those who either read the book or are throwing caution to the wind:

I freaked out at the beginning of the book when Cadence was shot by her dad, but I later came to realize it didn’t happen. It was a metaphor for her parents’ breakup and the result of the fighting between the Sinclair aunts.

We Were Liars fan art
Cady and Gat write on their hands. It once started with their names and grew to mottoes. For some fan art, I wrote the title on my hands.

The Liars are a group of four cousins (Candace, Mirran, Johnny and Gat) who spend their summers together on their grandparents’ island. They are caught in the middle of their mothers’ fighting between each other, and they are taught the “value” of lying to satisfy greed and personal entitlement. All of the characters are beautifully crafted.

One theme that can be drawn is that the bonds of family are more important than greed.

I loved the poetry and fairy tales that are woven into the writing. They are placed perfectly. They helped show Candace and the plot. Everything was shown in the perfect order.

This is an incredible, beautiful book. I recommend this book to everyone.

Genres: Young Adult, Suspense, Contemporary

5 Out of 5 Stars

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