We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books on 5/13/2014
Source: Publisher
Pages: 240
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Don’t worry, I won’t spoil you. But I’m not going to lie either — this book is fantastic. 

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.”

There is almost nothing subtle about We Were Liars. Lockhart’s imagery is grandiose, her prose is wildly lyrical and metaphors are stark. Yet somehow, it works. And not only does it work, but it manages to create an atmosphere that holds the story’s secrets until the very end. With a unique style and fantastic execution, E. Lockhart has penned a novel that will appeal to readers well beyond the intended young adult audience.

If you want to take a peek at We Were Liars, you can read the first few pages in an excerpt on the publisher’s website.

  • Yay – I am even more excited to read this one!

  • I can’t wait to read this! I didn’t get an ARC, so am anxiously awaiting May 13

  • Ti Reed

    You had me at private island.

  • Yet another one to add to the TBR pile :) This one looks good!!!

  • I’ve never been very interested in suspense novels, but this one sounds great. I might add it to the summer reading list! Thanks for the review!

    • I don’t know that I’d call it suspense, but you can just feel that something’s “off” throughout the whole book…and it takes until the end to figure it out. It’s a great read!

  • Stacy (The Novel Life)

    I’ve been wanting to read this one – sounds perfect for the beach!

  • Words for Worms

    Dangit, now I want to know how it ends… I suppose I’ll just have to read it, won’t I? Way to be a tease, Shannon! :-P

  • Hahaha, nobody will spoil this for me! The more people who say that you should go into this book blind, the more I plan to grab it at the library and immediately read the end. IT IS MY WAY. :p

  • Sounds like a must read to me!

  • I want this one so badly! If I’m thinking of the right author that is, she also wrote …Frankie Landau-Banks right? That was one of the few YAs I loved.

    • Yep! I’m so glad you liked that, because I’ve been trying to figure out what else to read from her. She’s going to be on a Real YA panel at BEA with Meg Wolitzer, so I might have to squeeze that one in.

  • Did I think this was YA? I think I might’ve thought that. Hmm.

  • I love the description of this book! Just reading the description, I feel like it could come across as trying too hard, but it doesn’t because it’s awesome and from your description it seems as though the book itself could be the same way.

    • Yep, I think the problem some people might have with it is that they think it’s trying too hard…but I found it to be really unique and loved it :)

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