Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on May 13, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
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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.
My thoughts: meh.
More than anything, I was bored for 90% of We Were Liars. Not much happens. It’s just a series of stories about kids on an island.. most of which are just conversations where nothing actually happens. There is kind of a mini romance but I never got into it. I didn’t like the guy much and I didn’t like the two people together. It didn’t excite me at all.
I don’t really know what else to say beyond that. I never got into the book. It never pulled me in, it never excited me, it never took off. I was just indifferent. I didn’t get invested in the characters, I never shed a single tear, I didn’t want to cry and hug the main character.. none of that jazz. It was all just… meh.
When things finally did happen (or, more accurately, “got revealed”), it was a bit more interesting, but it still wasn’t particularly heart-wrenching for me. Yes it was sad and tragic, but it didn’t really move me (probably because I never got invested in the characters). And again, I never shed a tear (which disappointed me because some people said they cried like babies).
On top of that, the writing style wasn’t for me. It wasn’t poorly written or anything, it just isn’t the kind of writing that I enjoy. It’s more lyrical and almost poetic, or like a stream of consciousness. I’m not into that kind of thing. But if you’re into that, you should totally give this book a try! It’s definitely “different”—just not for me.
And on a side note, I still feel like I don’t get why the kids called themselves the Liars. Am I being an idiot? I don’t get it. View Spoiler » [I don’t think the kids really lied, did they? Maybe the parents did—to themselves, their kids, each other, whatever. But the kids didn’t really lie to each other, did they? (Except a few times—like about having sex—which I thought was perfectly normal teenage behaviour, rather than obsessive lying or something.) I feel like I’m having an epic fail here… « Hide Spoiler]
I wouldn’t say that We Were Liars was a bad book; it’s just not for me. I hope it will continue to rock other peoples’ worlds though!