Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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.

I'm sure you've all heard about this book before. Everyone praises it and recommends it. All I can say is: go read it if you haven't already! It's a quick, entertaining, and thrilling read.

Everyone talks about the ending, which is great and kind of mind-blowing, but... I think the strength of this book lies (also) somewhere else. It's the constant yet subtle feeling that there's something wrong, and yes, it is connected with the ending, but it's not just that. You know how disturbing it can be when you encounter racism and/or sexism when it's very straightforward and right in your face? It makes us feel uncomfortable. Now imagine something that's not so obvious, something more subtle, but all the more disturbing and unsettling. Yes, the ending is shocking, but it's only the consequence of all the nasty, unspoken things and feelings that have been present in the "beautiful Sinclair family" for generations. The whole time you expect something terrible to happen (which will happen), but the realization that something terrible was going on all the time is just as chilling.

This is a great suspense novel which explores human nature and everything (good and bad) that comes with it.


1 comment:

DMS said...

Thanks for the advice! I have seen this book around everywhere- but didn't know much about it. Love that you said to just get it and read it. :)

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