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.
WOW. Never have I read a book that came with a warning label (in the form of an editors note, essentially saying: YOU WILL GET A BOOK HANGOVER).
But “We Were Liars” had one and they weren’t kidding. I finished it last night and I am still reeling.
Cadence Sinclair Eastman is born into a family of wealth and luxury, distinguished Democrats whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower. They have a lot to live up to and as the pressure builds, one thing becomes clear: everything about the Sinclair family is about to change.
Told alternately between prose, poetry and fairytales, “We Were Liars” breaks all of the conventions of classic fiction. Cadence’s development as she slowly uncovers what really happened one summer is artfully unveiled along with each new secret.
Some people say the narrator is unreliable. But I think those people missed the point. There’s a reason she’s unreliable and nervous. There’s a reason we get so lost in the tunnels of her mind. You must read the book to fund out!
I don’t want to say too much because this book is so easy to spoil! And telling any secret (or even any aspect of the plot) would truly hinder the novel’s suspense, which is so carefully and wonderfully mastered.
Instead, I will leave you with this: “We Were Liars” is so superbly crafted that it will leave you in a daze. Lockhart has created a dazzling, thrilling novel, full of rich suspense, friendships, romance and rebellion.
It comes out May 13, 2014. KEEP AN EYE OUT! In the meantime, check out this book’s sick tumblr page, detailing the family relations and geography of the island. It’s very cool.
9 OUT OF 10 STARS!