Thursday, January 09, 2014

ARC REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher from Netgalley
Rating: 5/5 
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 Thoughts

Utterly beautiful. We Were Liars brought me to tears with its uniqueness. After finishing this book, I was just wowed by the fact that I never expected any of this to happen. The fact that E. Lockhart kept the storyline and plot short and snappy made it even more surprising. When I first looked into this book, I had no idea what the book was going to be about, but I guess that was what the author wanted us to feel.

E. Lockhart did a brilliant job at creating up this separate world of the Liars. We are introduced to Cadence (Cady), Johnny, Mirren and Gat (Gatwick). They call themselves the Liars, and they are the closest thing they have, even closer than blood-related siblings. I felt like I connected with all of them, like everything just clicked as soon as I got introduced to everyone. Yes, there were times when I kind of thought Cadence was a boy (I mean, the name isn't that common and I'm British. I've never heard of that name before), but when I got used to it, I clicked straight away.

E. Lockhart's writing is a lot different from the writing that I'm used to. She writes in a poetic kind of way, with not much detail but you immediately know what she's describing straight away. It lured me in, kept me addicted until the end. To be honest, I was completely blind when I dove in, I wasn't expecting anything shocking, or surprising, probably just some romance or summer fling maybe. But this book surprised me so much that I was left gaping with tears at the end.

We Were Liars is not just the best book I've read at the beginning of this year, it is one of the best books that I've read in any genre. I just fell in love with it as soon as I was about 20-something-percent in. I'm not going to tell you any more about this book, because it is supposed to be kept a secret. All I'm going to do, is pretty much clear in the blurb, I'm going to lie to you. I'm going to tell you to not read this book, I'm going to tell you that this book was so boring it was unbelievable. But, of course, those are all lies. But that was what the author told me to do. Lie.

I recommend this book to everyone. You will fall in love with it and you will hate it. Both of which are the truth. Overall, this book is definitely a must-read-before-you-die.

About The Author

E. Lockhart is the author of a number of teen novels. She has had nine official boyfriends, if you count the boy who asked her to go with him at a 7th grade danc
e and then basically never talked to her again. She has never been on a sports team of any kind and got excused from gym class by going to ballet lessons. She has a tattoo, cuts her own hair, and has worn the same perfume since high school (Kiehl's Chinese Flowers). In her office are two Betty & Veronica dolls, a photo of a particularly fat bull dog, an official business card from “Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective,” and the 1920s flapper dress she wore to the prom.

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