We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
synopsis via 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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
While this was a fast and enjoyable read, I couldn’t help thinking that the story was lacking a little bit. I’m not quite sure what I was missing from it. I enjoyed the prose writing style, there was a poetic feel to the writing and telling to the story. The story line also gradually got darker as it went on. And then there’s the infamous plot twist that is rumored around the book and after said plot twist happened I was sitting there holding the book and rethinking everything that I had read before that point. I sat and rethought about the entire book and I love when a plot twist forces you to do that. It was well thought out and executed perfectly for the storyline and I liked it immensely.
I also loved the rewritten fairy tales that were added in, they did a great job enhancing the story and really highlighted how fragile the main characters mind was.
I think the only thing I didn’t really care for was that there were too many characters introduced way too fast. I’m really happy that not only was there a map in the beginning of the book, there was also a family tree as well. I ended up needing that a lot to keep tracking of everyone.
My expectations of the book and the storyline were way off, from reading that they lived on a private island with an obvious social conflict between a girl and a boy and then this hint of a revolution, I was expecting more of a civil war conflict instead what actually happened.
(which I can’t say what happened without spoiling it and I don’t want to do that.)
I really want to reread this sometime and read a bit closer in between the lines now that I know what’s coming and see if there will be little details that jump out at me now.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?