Published by Delacorte Press
Published on May 13th 2014
Genres: Death, Family Life, Love & Romance, Mystery, Realistic FIction, Young Adult
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 novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
This book was recommended by a lot of people, even John Green. Look at his blurb for the book :
Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.
Thrilling? NO. Unforgettable? YES. But that’s just me.
Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.
When I finished reading this book, I felt…meh. What did I just read? But I have to admit that the writing had a nice flow, meaning, it was an easy read. However, as I went along, I could not find anything in the story that I could connect with.
The story is narrated in Cadence’s perspective. She talks about who the Sinclairs are, how they act, what they are. The first few chapters had me curious, but as I turned page after page after page, it left me confused. Like what is the plot of the story? She talks about the summers they – she, her two cousins, and an outsider – spent on the island. Her two cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and Gat. The book was supposed to be a mystery, but it didn’t make me hungry to know more, or to find it out sooner.
The robotic narration was also an issue for me. It was like reciting bad poetry!
I did what she asked.
She was all I had left.
And the awkward way some of the paragraphs were presented. It was rather annoying.
that equally desperate measures
must be taken.
We are Sinclairs.
No one is needy.
No one is wrong.
Nothing really special happens. She even had to talk about slicing tomatoes.
They are yellow, green, and smoky red.
The over description of Cadence really confused me as hell. I really thought she got seriously hurt during the start of the story when her father left them, but she was just being overly dramatic that it made me think that she’s always over dramatizing things, so when she was really hurt, I didn’t believe it right away.
—my veins opened. My wrists split. I bled down my palms. I went light-headed. I’d stagger from the table or collapse in quiet shameful agony, hoping no one in the family would notice.
Yep, she was literally bleeding there.
We Were Liars. Based on the title, I expected lots of chaos caused by these four individuals. I expected blatant defiance towards what’s keeping them corralled into the perfect life of being a Sinclair. The Sinclairs who can never do wrong. The Sinclairs, whose patriarch is an old-man bigot. I hated the grandfather. He is very manipulative. I hated the aunts – Bess, Carrie, and Penny. They are all money-hungry. The kids who are supposed to bring on the chaos did nothing but lay on the beach, play Scrabble, eat food, and did just about any mundane thing you can think of to do in an island. Well, until the tragedy happened.
Cadence isn’t even likable. She is a spoiled-brat who thinks she’s doing the world a favor by giving away her stuff for charity, like giving her books, her pillows, and even the picture frame with her grandmother on it! For all that pretend charity she’s doing, she was also unaware of the help. In the book, Gat mentioned two names, and she didn’t even know that they are the names of their gardener and the housekeeper! That really infuriated me. Even though she is physically in pain because of her migraines, I just couldn’t find myself feeling anything for her. To me, she was just a whiny, privileged teenager looking for attention.
The only person that I kind of liked in the story was Gat. He is Indian-American, the nephew of her aunt’s boyfriend. I liked that he is well-read, and he knows about the world and what’s more important. He likes to point out that the world is fucked up outside the island, but the other Liars just want him to shut up. Even though he is accepted by the Liars, he is well-aware that he is an outsider to the family. He knows his place, and he even compared himself to Healthcliff from The Wuthering Heights, when he and Cadence talked about their budding relationship. He is aware that he will never be accepted if he and Cadence decided to be together and get married someday because of his race and his lack of wealth.
Just think before you complain about stuff other people would love to have.
So, the gist of the story is, Cadence, who is suffering from severe migraines and selective amnesia, wants to find out what exactly happened during her summer fifteen accident. I was left reading what felt like her diary with lots of gap pages, looking through her mundane life, which bored me to death. At some point, I already guessed what’s going on, but I didn’t really care much for it. The boredom got to me.
If you’re prepared to be confused and frustrated, then by all means, read this book. My experience from reading this may be the result of picking this up after I finished Dangerous Girls, which was brilliant! A lot of readers did enjoy this book. You might have different opinions on this, and I’d love to read them. The ending to me was quite predictable, but some were shocked by it. I did like E. Lockhart’s writing and might try her other books. #
Favorite Quotes :
Be a little kinder than you have to.
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