Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Setting: Beechwood Island, Massachusetts, USA
Blurb: 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.
From Me: This was my first E. Lockhart novel. The story follows Cadence and her cousins through their privileged experiences of growing up in a well-to-do family. There’s also a bit of the typical teenage romance mixed in as well. The story is told in the first person from Cadence’s point of view. Something has happened in this idyllic world of privilege, but in typical, unreliable first person fashion, Cadence can’t remember what it is. We are taken along through this journey of remembrance and discovery.
Lockhart has beautiful prose and a gift for imagery. However, she needs to ease up a bit on the obvious plot twist(s). I am a reader who usually remains in the dark about a story’s mystery until the big reveal. In this instance, Lockhart emphasized certain details too much and I could see the twist coming a mile away. Now, that’s all I’m going to say before I give away too much. 😉
Overall, I have a positive opinion of this book simply because I really appreciate the level of skill in Lockhart’s writing. I liked this book well enough, despite feeling like I was deliberately misled, that I picked up another of her books at the library to read. I withhold my final opinion of Lockhart until I read more of her work.