We Were Liars Book Review/Discussion

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Synopsis (Taken From GoodReads):

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.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

—-My Spoiler Free Review—-

In the beginning of the book I did have a little problem with the writing style, it was very confusing for me and it took me a while just to process what was happening. But by the end I did learn to really appreciate the beauty of the way E. Lockhart writes. It’s very poetic and I did enjoy it by the end of the book.

I really enjoyed the fairy tale variations, they were very creative and unique. Overall I’d probably give this book a four out of five stars. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t in love with the characters like I wanted to be. I do recommend it and I agree with the people who have said it is best to go into this book without knowing anything about it. That’s why the synopsis is vague.

4 out of 5 stars

★★★★

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—-Thoughts On The End (SPOILERS!)—-

Wow. The ending. I was completely shocked! There were so many subtle hints of what had happened, like how no one would ever mentioned them, how they never went to supper with the family, how the Granddad called Candace Mirren. And a lot more, but still, I was completely surprised about the ending. Crying my eyes out, actually.

I’m honestly shocked I was bawling my eyes out since I wasn’t really in love with the characters. What were your thoughts on the ending?  Did you cry?

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One thought on “We Were Liars Book Review/Discussion

  1. I have literally just finished this book, having been the shortest time for me to have read a whole novel. As you can tell I was completely captured by the story and was mesmerized with the characters. I didn’t want it to end, and yet I wanted to discover this final ‘twist’ that had been greatly debated on.

    The ending did come as shocking, and thinking back to previous hints thought the story it all made sense. However… My mind was latched on to the idea that mirren, Johnny and gat were simply pretending to have died for the mentally ill grandfather’s sake! I think I was caught up in this idea after it was stated in chapter 80, “Here is the truth about the Beautiful Sinclair Family. At least the truth as Granddad knows it.” As if it was only the grandad that understood this version and the family had kept it that way as to not make him anymore ill or confuse his version of the story. Furthermore, the fact that “he was careful to keep out of all newspapers” I believed to have been an act of the aunties as to cover up the real truth that of course the other three ‘liars’ were alive.
    After continuing I finally got my head around that they truly were dead (and had been for most of the novel). I suppose the tears began then. However, this confusion from that misleading sentence, as well as my own idiocy or denial maybe, delayed what was meant to be the most heart wrenching and soul destroying turn of events.
    Still absolutely loved this book! And would definitely be one I will recommend. I suppose I am just disappointed with myself for trying to read a bit too much into that one mere unimportant sentence!

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