Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mystery

Description: 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. []

                                                               Rating: ★☆ (3.5)

Disclaimer: Review Contains Spoilers

I’m going to be honest I found it really hard to finish this book, it’s been sitting by the side of my bed for about a month untouched after reading a couple pages. But I finally decided to sit myself down and finish it.

Throughout this novel I found myself really annoyed at the main character, I found that I begun to hate her a lot and that’s why I found it very difficult to read. The main character at first comes across as a stuck up rich kid who doesn’t seem to want to explain certain parts of her story. For example in the beginning she talks about being shot and then moves on like 2 sentences after and I sat there like okay?

Then we start to meet the whole family and my god are they nearly as bad as Cadence. Maybe it’s because of them being such a stuck up family that I found it hard to sympathise with the main character or anything that happened to the characters in this book. Like Cadence was upset that she was taking a holiday around Europe like who would be upset about that?

At first this review was going to be 2 stars because I found it hugely disappointing I didn’t understand the hype that I had heard about it. But then I hit page 202, the final part named “Truth”. And my god is that what you call a plot twist. And suddenly guilt came over me. Here I was hating this character throughout this whole novel to find out that for two years that her mind had blocked out and made her forget that her 2 best friends and boyfriend had died in a fire that was caused by her and them. She even imagined that they were there when she arrived back at the island. How could I have hated such a character whose grief was so strong that it created this alternate reality in which her friends never died? The final part of this novel finally lived up to the hype that I was hearing. I now understand why the blurb is written the way it is.

I was thinking whilst reading it maybe this whole story is a lie and that’s why the character comes across the way that she does. In some ways my theory was right but not in a way that I thought. This perfect, rich family is not what you think it is. Candence is seeing her family from two years before the accident. It’s in the last 25 pages that you see the family in their current state. Broken, grieving, and trying to move on. Whilst Candence is only just beginning the grieving process due to finally remembering.

Maybe the writing style isn’t my style of writing. That might have been one of the key elements to this. I think this book is going to be like marmite you love it or you hate it. I’d say I hated this book more than I loved it but I definitely hate it less than I did at the start.

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