We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is many things. It is an unflinching glimpse into a family fueled by their own self-destruction. It is King Lear and his three daughters. It is a pair of star-crossed lovers. Mostly, it is clever and surprising. The brilliant plot twists and turns and doesn’t stop for anyone. I began reading this book without knowing a thing about the story, and I truly believe that is the best way to approach it. I enjoyed this book so much. What they say is true. Just read it, and if anyone asks you how it ends? Just lie.

When Cady wakes up half-naked and halfway dead on the beach of her wealthy family’s private island, she has no memory of how she got there or of the previous summer she spent there. Her family – with stiff upper-lips, huge wealth, great tennis serves and conservative natures – neglect to tell Cady exactly what has happened, choosing to ignore any sign of failure. The book begins with a set of lies. Lie number one: ‘No one is a criminal.’ Lie number two: ‘No one is an addict.’ And lie number three: ‘No one is a failure.’

This is really sophisticated young-adult writing with a highly original concept in the age of John Green. Highly recommended for ages 13 and up.

Kushla Egan

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We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

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