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.
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.