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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - YA book review

We Were Liars
Author:  E. Lockhart
Published:  May 2014
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Pages:  225
Source:  borrowed
Genre:  YA


We were liars
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.

My Thoughts:

There were four friends, all teenagers, who got together each summer on an island.  They swam, played games, ate fudge, two of them fell in love and they were liars, each of them.

The fifteenth summer changed them, changed lives.  It was the summer Cady was found on shore with a cut in her head, drenched, and alone.  She could not remember what happened to her nor could she remember that summer.  

We Were Liars is suspenseful yet whimsical.  It's a coming of age story told through the eyes of Cady and is centred on the summer she couldn't remember.

The narrative is so clever as portrayed in these notes from Gat to Cady:

"In a profound, symbolic gesture, I am giving you this bar of Vosges I got when we all went to Edgartown.  You can eat it, or just sit next to it and feel superior. "
"Better than chocolate, being with you last night.Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate."

John Green endorsed this YA novel saying, "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart.  We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." 

We Were Liars is a creative endeavour full of wit and clever metaphors, written to entertain even the more mature reader.  

"Once upon a time there were three beautiful children, two boys and a girl.....  Bounce, effort, and snark.  Contemplation and enthusiasm.  Ambition and strong coffee.  Sugar, curiosity and rain.  And yet, there was a witch.  There is always a witch."

Not strictly for YA audiences, We Were Liars will shock you to your core.  Jaw dropping, shake your head, hide your eyes shocking.  I cannot tell you more.  You must discover this novel and its intricate tale for yourself.

Meet the Author:

E. Lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends.  She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle).  Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel.


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