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Book Review: We Were Liars

I hope y’all don’t mind me continuing to use the bullet-style review, at least for a little while longer as I try and catch up on all of my reviews! And as short as We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was, I think it makes sense.

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.

The Good

  • Such a unique and thrilling plot – the pacing is wonderful throughout the entire story.
  • Incredibly beautiful writing style.
  • Great characters that each had their own distinctive personalities.
  • THAT TWIST ENDING, THO! I’ll be honest – I ugly cried for about 15 minutes at that.

 The Bad

  • The whole issue with this family is #firstworldproblems, which makes them extremely hard to like. And by family, I mean the adults.
  • Teenagers are incredibly stupid.
  • The ending might piss you off considering the reasoning behind it.

I really did enjoy this story. I thought it was unique and the writing was very beautiful, with a really interesting mystery. However, I had a hard time drumming up much sympathy for the family. The sisters were a bunch of greedy, lazy, manipulative bitches and I just couldn’t deal with them – especially considering what that behavior ultimately led to. Personally, I think this book would make a really good movie with a focus on the family dynamics.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


What are your thoughts on We Were Liars?  Did it live up to the hype? Are you still liking my bullet style reviews?

15 thoughts on “Book Review: We Were Liars

  1. I’ve had this on my shelf in paperback for about a year now and everyone says Wow, that ending! I figured this is probably a bunch of rich people you can’t feel sorry for unless you’re part of the 1%. That’s the vibe I got from it. I use bullet points for some of my reviews. Definitely don’t mind it at all. It’s good to keep things short and simple. 🙂

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    1. It’s not so much that you can’t feel sorry for them because they’re rich, as much as it is just because they’re awful people haha. I’ll never understand adults being petty towards each other, especially when they’re family. But you definitely need to read this book! It’ll emotionally wreck you!

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      1. I plan to read it hopefully by the end of the year. It sort of reminded me of a Fitzgerald novel set in modern times. His novels were always about wealthy people with issues. What do you think? Does it have that sort of vibe happening?

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