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Saturday, June 7, 2014

[REVIEW] We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: May 13th 2014 by Random House Inc.
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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. 

Exceptional. Hauntingly beautiful. We Were Liars is a gripping tale of family, love, friendship and protecting those which are most important. This is one story that will stay with you for a long time.

I couldn't put it down. I was hooked into the story of this beautiful but not-so-beautiful American family of Sinclairs. I loved the clever way it was written. I am aware that some people were not fans of the writing style and found them confusing and annoying. But personally, I think it's unique and different in a good way. It gave a spontaneous and lyrical feel to the book.

I liked the mystery surrounding the Sinclairs. They may seem like a typical wealthy family on the outside but underneath that facade are layers and layers of secrets and lies and pretense and anger that motivated the other family members - the Liars - to take action and try to change things on their own. Speaking of the Liars, I liked their different and colorful personalities. But what I liked most about them is their friendship and love for each other. The cousins Cady, Johnnny and Mirren could have been easily caught on the family politics and turned on each other for personal gains but no. They remained loyal to each other. Even Gat, who was considered an outsider by the adult Sinclairs, helped and stayed with them. And they stayed with him, too. That, for me, was a beautiful friendship that even tragedy could never destroy.

I'm not going to lie. I sort of guessed the truth about the three Liars even before the big reveal. But it did not lessen the impact. It broke my heart and left me dumbfounded. I was a puddle of tears by the time I finished reading We Were Liars.

Yep. That was me while reading We Were Liars.

The ending was kinda vague and I would have wanted to know more about what happened to Cady. But I think it fit the vague and mysterious way the whole thing was written. It was enigmatic through and through and will keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

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Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Oh my god, I was totally surprised by the ending. I didn't see it coming and it totally blew my mind. That's what I liked about it.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  2. I haven't picked this one up yet, but it seems that everyone around me is. I have heard mixed reviews from this one, because just like you said the writing style. I still want to get my hands on a copy, just to see what you're raving about in the ending!


  3. I couldn't agree more with this review! The friendship between the liars are just well portrayed and amazing. I guessed the ending too though and that, unfortunately, took away all the suspense when I reached the revelation :( Nevertheless, it's still one good book. I liked the writing style even though it seems confusing for others. It felt poetic for me :)

    Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~


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