Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
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.
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌓
I’m a bit conflicted about this one. You know when you read a book and you’re absolutely enjoying it, yet… you feel something is still missing?
Alright let me try to make myself a bit more clear, I loved it as a whole. I thought the plot was promising (to some extent). Reading it, you get this uncomfortable and eerie feeling the entire time, which is always a plus for me cause listen, as much as I love my funny, charming and witty books – from time to time I need that tightening feeling in my heart. That intensity (for however long it lasted anyway). And by far my favourite part was the jarring style of writing, especially the story telling section. The use of fairy tales from the main character to describe situations was gripping and… again, eerie.
The characters were your typical privileged teens who had no depth whatsoever and yet I still couldn’t hate them. Cause let me tell you when you read YAs, you get your fair share of annoying-as-hell teens. So I have to give it up to the author cause it dificult to create a teen character who complains about having too much yet at the same time, you sympathise and feel sorry for them.
Now to the two things that ruined it for me:
- The title! am I the only one who thought the title just didn’t make sense?? I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll cut it short here. But I will say….I was confused (to say the least).
- Like I said earlier, I loved it up until it got predictable. Towards the ending, I was losing that element of surprise and somewhat had an idea of what happened. I think, in an attempt to make it suspenseful and give us tiny snippets of hints, they ended up giving too much away. A was annoyed as hell is an understatement cause the moment you see something coming, it loses the magic.
All in all, it was a clever piece of YA and I’d recommend it.