Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Number of Pages: 227 pages
Date Published: May 13th 2014
Publishing Company: Delacorte Press
Summary (slightly modified):
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.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Go and read this book now, because you can’t know anything about it if you want to enjoy it. If you read this review it is at your own stake. The smallest details are spoilers. My rating is 5 out of 5. Now go and read it!
“We are old money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins square, and our tennis serves aggressive.”
This book was amazing! It’s not like any book out there in this world! The story follows, a teenage girl named Cadence Sinclair, whose family is rich and powerful. In the summer, they enclose themselves upon their magical private island. This is where every part of Cadence’s life (that has really mattered to her) occurred and where she falls in love. The book goes through the summers on this island and the relationships between all the perfect family members. However, Cadence is a bit strange as she narrates. The reader can just sense that something is “off”. I will make this review really short, because just in case you’re going to read it, and you dared to read the rest of the review, I really don’t want to ruin your entire experience.
I loved this book because there was no plot. That’s right. A book with no plot. Never thought I’d ever say that…The book seems to pass through the events in the summers. Flashbacks, memories and stories. Every type of format for writing. There is a flow to these timeline of events Cadence just wants to mention, so no need to worry about awkwardness in the story.
“Gat started coming to Beechwood the year we were eight. Summer eight, we called it.”
“Summer fourteen, Gat and I took out the small motorboat alone.”
“Summer fifteen I arrived a week later than the others.”
The characters are beautiful. Of course the characters are physically attractive and pristine, but what I meant was the way they are described by Caddy a.k.a Cadence. Her language is so broken, simple and yet descriptive and beautiful, it turns these people into sculpted masterpieces.
“The Sinclair daughters were sunburnt and blessed. Tall, merry, and rich, those girls were like princesses in a fairy tale.”
I have to give a quote about Gat…
“But Gat didn’t answer. He was looking at me.
His nose dramatic, his mouth sweet. Skin deep brown, hair black and waving. Body wired with energy.”
In case you haven’t noticed.
The writing in this book is criticized a lot by many reviewers for its choppiness making the book boring. It was the polar opposite. The simplicity enhances the writing. It makes us think more, it uses imagery and it puts emphasis on the simple words.
“I wrote our names in the sand.
Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat.
Gat, Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence.”
This book is elegant and lovely, dark and gloomy, mysterious, and eccentric. The writing is unique and the characters are exquisite with simplicity. I enjoyed it, and I think it is worth the read whether you like it or not, because it’s really one of those rare books. Some people thought they would hate the book, but ended up loving it and vice versa. Let me put it this way. If you like contemporary books with a bit of a twist, then you will probably like this book as much as I did. Now for the final, obvious rating…
Wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to lie about the book just as instructed by the summary. Here you go:
Ok, the rating is 5 out of 5 cups of tea
The perfect tea to go with this book (you can get anything similar but this is sold at Teavana):
CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea gives you a scent of the sea and the peacefulness. It captures the beauty of the book, but as well as the unique flavour that gives you mystery…