Saturday, 3 January 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

"We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?"
Every review I read of 'We Were Liars' before picking it up stated the exact same thing: it is best to go into the story without knowing what's going to happen. I didn't expect to agree with them; usually I like to know the general genre and idea of a novel before reading it, but with this one, it is vital to the ending that it is not spoiled for you.

It's hard to review a book without giving absolutely nothing about the plot away, but I'll keep it to a minimum. It is written in first person, narrated by seventeen-year-old Cadence. She comes from a very rich family, and they spend their summers on their private island. We are told from her the stories of these summers and the events that happen. The whole thing is so beautifully written that it would be a complete discredit to Lockhart to tell any more about it to anyone who hasn't read it.

The story is gripping, haunting. It's one of those books that you can't stop reading to find out what happens, but part of you is unsure if you actually want to know. I became very attached to certain characters, loathed others and even the minor characters felt significant.

The writing style is a bit different to anything I've read before, but I adapted pretty quickly to it. It took a while after reading the book, however, to truly understand the title. Maybe that's just my own slowness, because after thinking about it in depth, it seems too obvious to miss.

This is a mysterious, compelling read that will keep you thinking even after you've finished reading it, and I couldn't recommend it enough.

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