We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

we were liarsFrom goodreads:

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.


I prefer when I love or hate a book but the in-between-feeling of just meh is the worst! Like seriously the worst.  And We Were Liars was just meh for me.


There are a lot of readers that think the writing is amazing and most likely it is but I thought it felt choppy.  It was choppy and sometimes it felt as though the author was trying to be lyrical, to the point it was distracting.

“My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.”

Are you trying to saying your heart twitched like a fish out of water? Or is the trout swimming like it has a twitch? I mean, I shouldn’t have to figure out what the author is trying to say. *heavy sigh*

“He is bounce, effort and snark.”

You know when you put random word magnets on your refrigerator and you try to make a poem of sorts? That’s what those moments in the book felt like.

The use of Mummy felt totally out-of-place and the setting is in the US.  I don’t know any American, no matter how much money you have or what elitist town you live in, you don’t refer to your mom as Mummy.  Perhaps Mommy Dearest if your mom is an evil tyrant. Mother I can buy but Mummy I can’t.  Again, distracting.

The one thing that kept me engaged the entire time was the mystery and it was that very thing that kept me turning the page.  I wanted to know what happened and I felt it was a good twist at the end but it wasn’t a mind-blowing experience.

Oh…my absolute favorite character was Gat!  There wasn’t enough of him and yes, he’s sprinkled throughout the story but had there been more of a presence I think he would have given Cady more depth.  Cady was our anti-heroine, who in my opinion didn’t have much of anything.

Originally, I had a 3 star rating but after proofing my quasi review I settled on 2.  But the masses love this book and it’s popular for a reason, so don’t make a decision based on my review.  ;)





    • Cristina says

      I’m not sure that I was the right frame of mind when I read this book because of my overall book-funk, you know? Everyone loves this book. *shrugs* PS: I have the word magnets on my fridge! *snorts*

  1. Helen Marie says

    I appreciate this review because I tried to listen to it and I just couldn’t get into it. I thought maybe it was a book that needed to be read and not listened to but I feel the same way that you did (although I listened to about 1/4 of the book, not the whole thing). I really love a good YA book (Belzhar and I’ll Give You the Sun were two of my favorites this year.) And this book made so many top 2014 lists. I’m glad I’m not alone in my meh feeling over this book.

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Helen. :) I struggled with this book and I really did want to love it but I just couldn’t. Honestly, I can’t understand the hype but I thought maybe it was because I was just in an overall book-funk but now I feel justified! *snickers*

      PS: I’m DYING to read I’ll Give You the Sun…once I’m done with my mid-term exam I will tackle it! ;)

  2. says

    The lyrical writing style is an acquired taste to begin with, and the authors who can actually pull it off are few and far between. From the quotes you shared, it does indeed seem like Lockhart was trying too hard. Your word magnet refrigerator comment was priceless. LMAO! I personally don’t think you were overly harsh in your review, but then again I haven’t read this title, so what do I know?
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    • Cristina says

      I have those magnets on my fridge and I’m constantly playing with them because I’m all like…oooooh-aaahhhh look at my poetic genius-ness! Then the next day I will look at the words I’ve stringed together and I’m thinking, what crap! *snorts* Glad you thought the comment was priceless. :)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks so much Lexxie and I really did want to love this book but good gawd…I just couldn’t connect with it. Oh well…on to the next book and I hope you have a fantastic week end too! ;)

  3. says

    See, this is why I am wary of this book. On one hand, you have readers saying it was disappointing and meh and boring. On the other hand, there are readers saying IT WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER and OMG OMG OMG SO UNPREDICTABLE and OMG OMG OMG I CRIEEEED. And I am SO confused. .-.

    But this? THIS? –> “My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.”

    NO. JUST… NO. what does that even meaaaaan D: D: D: D: I don’t get it and I’m scared to!
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    • Cristina says

      EXACTLY!!! *snickers* I don’t get it because people looooooooooooove this book. Of course, don’t take my word for it because I tend to be super picky to what I love and don’t love. *shrugs* And when I do love something, I will shout it from the rooftops I totally get why you’re confused because how I felt after I was done reading it! ;)

    • Cristina says

      Gat was so perfect and I loved how different he was but I wanted more of him. I really did want to love this book but I suppose you can’t connect to everything you read, right? I’d like to think of myself as open to anything artistic but it was just so dang hard to move past her writing style. Oh well. On to the next book! ;)

  4. says

    Totally agree with you here, Cristina. The language was so confusing! “He took a shotgun and shot me through the heart” < - But, wait, no, it's a metaphor. GAH. I do not like.

    Funny because I loved the lyrical writing in Shatter Me and thought this was going to be a winner with me. Thing is I was just so BORED with the book. And I didn't care for Cadence. Gat was lovely though <3
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    • Cristina says

      Shatter Me Series…I.LOVE.THOSE.BOOKS. But this book…holy cannoli batman!!! Whatta struggle and the lyrical writing did not work for me. Typically, I like anything like that, poetic and fluid but in We Were Liars, it just didn’t work for me. I’m so glad I’m not alone… :)

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