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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Before I start this review I need to say: if you haven't read We Were Liars, I do not recommend reading any reviews before reading it! It's so much fun to go into this book completely blind because of the way the story is written. This review will not have spoilers, but I think everything could be a spoiler when it comes to this book! Know I loved it, so much, and I think it's brilliantly written.
I cannot express how much I love this book and story. I don't have much a connection to the lifestyle of the main character, Cadence, the other four Liars (Cadence, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat) and their families. They are a wealthy family who are very materialistic and the stereotype I typically think of when I think of "rich tourist". But even if I cannot relate to their lifestyle, and at times the parents really got on my nerves, I found their story to be an interesting one.
"The universe was good because he was in it."
I really enjoy the Liars. The conversations they have, especially Cadence and Gat, we ones I enjoyed reading. You can really tell that these four friends are close and that they understand each other. I felt their comradery and love. Cadence is our main character and as a character she could be annoying but I overall enjoyed reading in her perspective. Because we are in Cadence's point of view, we do not get to see Johnny and Mirren as much as I wish we did. I would have liked to get to know them more as characters. I definitely think we get to know Gat well and he easily was my favorite character.
I do not want to go into any detail on the story itself because I honestly think that needs to be as vague as possible to go into this book. I will warn that things feel a bit confusing while reading it, which sometimes can throw off or intimidate readers to hear, but I think that Cadence is a good enough narrator to carry the story and as you keep reading things will start coming together.
"So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans had been put to bed."
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is such a great mystery and it's beautifully written. Every single time I read this book (this has been my third re-read) I find myself highlighting new passages. If I could, I'd highlight the entire book. E. Lockhart is an amazing writer and I really need to pick up more books by her.