Early Review – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Posted March 27, 2014 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013, YA / 6 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars on May 13th 2014
Pages: 240
Format: eARC


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.

‘We are Sinclairs.
No one is needy.
No one is wrong.
We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
Perhaps that is all you need to know.’

There is much that one could say about We Were Liars, but would be better off experienced firsthand. But here are a few things you can know: There are some truths but mostly lies. There was an accident. There is love. There is loss. There are secrets. But everything may actually be nothing but one big lie. You won’t know until it’s all said and done.

We Were Liars reminded me much of The Secret History with its collection of privileged people. In We Were Liars, they all spent their summers on an island, owned by their family. They spent their days soaking in their pretension. The main difference is Tartt took a cast of incredibly unappealing characters and made them fascinating. Lockhart did not. None of Lockhart’s characters had me concerned for their fates and while the ending was a bit of a shock despite my suspicions it still failed to generate an emotional resonance with me.

I love unreliable narrators because it typically turns novels into one big guessing game that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The entirety of this book is written in such a vague and elusive style that I never would have guessed the ending would possess such a perfectly wrapped up conclusion. Much too picture perfect. I definitely would have appreciated a more mystifying ending to match the rest of this potentially enigmatic book.


6 responses to “Early Review – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. Yeah…I made Leah Raeder spoil this for me, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have cared for it, either. The ending doesn’t really surprise me, either. I really should read SECRET HISTORY sometime, though.

    Also, I tried to get the girls to do a post about our favorite unreliable narrators, but they wouldnt’ play! They said, fairly, I suppose, that it would be too spoilery. *sigh* And yet that’s so often what interests me in picking up a book in the first place if I hear that.
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    • I was so excited for this one though! And a bunch of people are already raving about it but oh well. Oh, yes. Secret History is fantastic. Stunning piece of literature.

      Ooooooh gotta love unreliable narrators but I suppose it could potentially be very spoilery. But you’re right, knowing that it’s an unreliable narrator before going in makes me very excited for books. That and epistolary novels. 😀
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