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 wanted this to be amazing for me. I really, really did. I did all the “right” things: I stayed away from reviews, didn’t know what to expect, didn’t even read the blurb! But ultimately, it fell short for me a bit. This isn’t to say I didn’t like it, because it was an enjoyable book, but the “wow factor” that I’d heard about just wasn’t there for me.
What I liked: The writing was really unique and lovely. The setting is of course, gorgeous, and easy to picture. There is mystery, and intrigue, and all kinds of ridiculous family drama/first-world problems. It is a quick book that is definitely easy to read.
What I didn’t: I guessed the twist early on, at one point in the story that perhaps others would overlook, but immediately, I read one particular sentence and knew at least part of the big plot point. So maybe that’s on me, but it does dampen the excitement for the book. Also, every time I read “Cady”, all I heard in my head was Tim Meadows saying “Cady Heron” ala Mean Girls. Again, that one is probably on me too. And I didn’t really connect with Cady a ton either, which probably made it less enjoyable. Ultimately, the ending just didn’t live up to the hype, and I was left kind of feeling a bit let down.
What confused me: I still don’t have the faintest clue why they’ve always been called The Liars. Seriously, someone going to fill me in? Did I miss something?