Review: ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘We Were Liars’ by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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Cast is a Sinclair. Beautiful, tall and wealthy. Her family own their own private island and for every summer they vacation there. When she’s fifteen, her summer turns for the worst and an accident happens which causes her amnesia. Will she figure out what happened? Will her memories come back? You’ll want to read this book even if it’s just to read the twisty ending.


This was the over-hype monster book that were getting people to grab it and read it. Naturally, I stayed away because over-hyped books are not my cup of tea. I generally don’t like most popular books, and I have no idea why, but this popped up on RHC’s monthly newsletter and I had to get it. I really did like this book. The wealthy family and their problems reminded me a lot of the Great Gatsby, but there’s no Gatsby. No one to redeem themselves, unless you count Cady (kind off).

I really wished the book stayed in the present tense because I was constantly pulled back and forth between the past and the present, and it pretty much confused me to what was going on. Pacing was very fast paced and I immensely loved how there were clues everywhere. And when there’s a mystery, I pick it up and remember it because if done correctly the reveal can be unraveled. And so my theory was correct.. Wasn’t really surprised by the ending, but I was still horrified it happened.


As for the characters, I felt wholly disconnected from them. Even Cady’s mom and her aunts. Don’t get me started on how spoiled they were. One thing that blew my mind was the fact that Cady didn’t know who the staff’s names were. And that they were all POC. This book is super realistic. Money can really mess up a family and make it the most craziest problem ever. As for our MC, I don’t know how many times I counted her saying how “beautiful” her family is. The outside appearance shouldn’t really count. It annoyed me to no end. I did enjoy the fact that she defied her family and wanted to make amends.. Only did she did it in the most craziest way possible. I’m just saying that she wasn’t the smartest person to be doing what she did. This family disgusted me. Through and through. Ripping their family apart just for money. Racism was also touched upon and I loved having a POC as the main love interest! Bonus points for that. Lastly, the “poetic” writing threw me off with it’s pretentious symbolism. I just don’t understand symbolism sometimes and I’d rather have something simple and straight to the point. Did not connect with any of the characters and the “poetic” writing threw me off with it’s pretentious symbolism.


Overall, I would read this for the twisted ending, especially if you’re in the mood for a mystery set on a beautiful idyllic island.

reading progress



The question is: how to be a good person if I don’t believe anymore. (22)
Silence is a protective coating over pain. (29)
The accumulation of beautiful objects is a life goal. Whoever does with the most stuff wins. (46)
She’s got power because she’s got money. (46)
Your hair is black. You look like a dead vampire. (67)
Be a little kinder than you have to. (101)
Some people have nothing. We have everything. (162)
That doesn’t mean he’s comfortable having people of colour in his beautiful family. (164)
See the world as it is, not as you wish it would be. (173)




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