We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has swept through the blogosphere in a whirlwind of 5-star reviews that tell you NOTHING ABOUT THE BOOK WHATSOEVER.
“Go in blind!” they say.
“You can’t know anything before you start!” they say.
Despite reading multiple reviews and glaring at the vague blurb on Goodreads, I went in with zero idea what the book would be about. Now I have to review it. And you know what?
I’m not going to tell you anything except this: read it.
Okay! Okay! Calm down! Put down those pitchforks, the post isn’t finished yet. I have composed a list, so therefore I can tell you all the reasons WHY you should read this book, without telling you anything about the book. Sound fair? Who am I kidding? I’m never fair. But I AM wonderful.
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 that will leave you reeling.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
‘We Were Liars is heartbreaking, witty, beautiful and disturbing. E. Lockhart’s best book to date.’ JUSTINE LARBALESTIER
‘A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.’ SCOTT WESTERFELD
PS. Thank you so much Allen & Unwin for the chance to read and review this!
And, since this book is full of lies, let me start this by promising to tell the truth about this book.
I would not lie to you.
1. It’s set on an island.
This is in the blurb, so I’m 100% safe to divulge this incredible fact with you. Oh, and not just any island. If Richie Rich had a private island, this would be it. Shame on you if you don’t now Richie Rich, too, by the way. Think: RICH. Money everywhere. This is a family who spends their summers together — incredibly rich grandfather, daughters, kids.
I don’t know about you, but islands fascinate me. I would die if I was on a deserted one due to my a) distrust in fish and b) loathing of coconut. So a rich island with private houses, beaches, and doughnuts really appeals to me.
2. It’s about Cadence, Jonny, Mirren, and Gat.
Which is all I can say on this subject, although I will tell you (if you give me chocolate) that it’s narrated by Cadence. They’re all cousins, except for Gat, who is the partially-adopted-for-the-summer-friend. Every time I saw his name, I subconsciously thought it was a typo. But I DID get over that. Go me.
3. The writing is beautiful.
And I don’t mean flowery…I mean, stripped bare bones beautiful. It’s agony on the page. The emotion is raw and that’s half of why I love it so much. None of this flippery describing-the-colour-of-the-ocean. It’s describing human emotion like you wouldn’t believe.
4. It’s tiny.
I’m a sucker for small books and We Were Liars is only 220-pages. It means I can eat them in one day if I wish it. And gosh did I WISH IT for this book. Although (I’m very proud) but I read really very slowly and maturely and didn’t peek at the end or anything. I deserve a sticker. Or more chocolate? Honestly, blogglings, you ought to be rewarding me.
5. It has formatting that makes my delicate pulse flutter.
I adore different formatting. Like the kind I raved about in my Notebook Sisters Approved on Half Bad. It makes use of paragraphs, of tension from single sentences. It has teeny tiny chapters. It has segments that are stories that Cadence is telling.
Oh, throw it. I’ll show you.
And you’d better appreciate that, peoples, because I’m letting out secrets.
6. John Green recommended it.
What can I say? He’s “just read it” endorsement is plastered on More Than This and I adored that book to pieces too. Basically: trust John Green. Despite all weirdness, TRUST JOHN GREEN.
7. The ending is really happy and fluffy. And completely predictably.
Also, I gave it 5-stars, if you’re curious and on Goodreads it’s on my best-of-the-year shelf.
Basically: you just really want to read this book. No questions. no hesitations. Go. go go go!
Cait is very proud of her rapidly diminishing TBR. She actually feels like she’s conquering! HAIL, CEASER. Unfortunately, ALL the books seem to be coming out in August. Not that that’s a bad thing, per se, but obviously August is a very inspiring month for book releases. She will attempt not to flood you with reviews.