Saturday, May 20, 2017
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
Typically I'm not a big fan of books that have a lot of hype surrounding them. Most of the time I find myself disappointed because the book just doesn't live up to my expectations. However, in almost every Booktube video that I watch, I see We Were Liars mentioned. Therefore, I decided to cave in to the peer pressure and read it. Personally I thought that the book was overhyped. It was just an okay read for me.
For most of We Were Liars, I was completely bored. I had to focus to keep reading it because it wasn't holding my attention. Typically a book of this size only takes me a couple of hours to read. However, this one took me a couple of days to read because I kept putting it down. I was interested in the big mystery everyone kept talking about, but not interested enough to fly through the book.
Then the big plot twist happened. I was completely blindsided. I remember reading it at three in the morning, and waking my husband up by yelling "What the fuck?!". I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin it for anyone that hasn't read the book, but it might be the most shocking reveal I've ever read in a book. It definitely made up for the rest of the book being boring.
While I didn't like all of We Were Liars, I did find myself enjoying it at the end. I hope E. Lockhart writes more suspenseful/thriller books like this. If you do choose to read this book, I highly recommend you go into it blind (without reading the synopsis, or spoiling it in any way for yourself). I recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is completely mind meddling, and makes you think.
I give We Were Liars: 3.5/5.
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.