Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
My Rating: 5/5 stars
The hook that comes with this book perfectly captures the mystery surrounding the story, so I’m just going to copy and paste it:
“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.”
This. Is. Such. A. Good. Book. Though the story is fascinating on its own, what makes it stand out above almost every single book I’ve read in the past ten years (literally) is the way E. Lockhart structures the novel.
Simply put: it’s beautifully written.
There were a couple things, in particular, that I really love about the writing. E Lockhart personifies Cadence’s emotions throughout the story in ways that I had never even though to accurately describe feelings. (No spoilers in this review, though, so I can’t give you any examples. Sorry.)
Another thing I really loved was his use of fairytales. It’s genius. He breaks the mold of traditional storytelling by interjecting Cadence’s story with these fairytales that change with how much Cadence remembers about that mysterious summer at the current time.
Cadence’s voice keeps the story cryptic in the best way possible. The reader doesn’t really know why she has these memory gaps until the very end. When the big reveal happened for me, it just blew my mind. I put this book back on my TBR shelf, in fact, because I wanted to read it again knowing the full truth.
I recommend this book to everyone. Go get it. Now. And until you do, make sure no one spoils the ending for you. This book is best read with knowing hardly anything about the actual plot (which is why this review has been so vague on that front).
But anyway, you must go read this masterpiece for yourself.