We Were Liars

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We Were Liars

-E Lockhart

Its 2am, I have a headache and my hands are shaking and I’m crying but I just have to okay.

Harris and Tipper Sinclair have three daughters. They are rich and privileged and like spoiled and bratty. But this isn’t their story.

Cadence is the only daughter of Harris’ youngest daughter, Penny, and Sam. Life is good. And every year the Sinclair family spend the summer on Harris’ private island, The Beechwood Island, where they have a new life- a new identity. Cadence, Mirren and Jonny are the cousins closest in age and best companions but nothing more until Gat comes in at the age of eight. The Indian nephew of Bess’ (Harris’ daughter) Indian boyfriend and they become the four best friends on the island, the Liars. Their life on the island is different, they don’t talk for the rest of the year but when they meet, it’s like nothing has changed. But it does on Cadence’s fifteenth summer on the island- something happens, something bad , something that still affects her. No one talks about it and she doesn’t remember anything. She couldn’t go the year after that but the seventeenth summer, cadence is going to find out what happened.

The writing in this book took me a while to get used to but my gosh I love it. The writing itself is mysterious and poetic and leaves you wondering. I didn’t connect to the characters of feel them really but I feel like that is how the writing is supposed to make you feel. Its like you see everything from Cadence’s POV but you aren’t her- you feel for her but you don’t feel her because you’re not supposed to. I didn’t understand the characters but definitely grew attached to them by the end.

I feel like its mystery but also more on the side of going back on a journey to remember the past. The writing is fast paced and even though you have read like 5 pages , it feels like 20 so 200 pages doesn’t seem short for the book. And this isn’t a book that’s like giving you some big life inspiration or shows you the meaning of life but it isn’t supposed to be about it and I think I just kind of fully realized that not all stories have to have a meaning to impact you, some stories can just be stories.

I can’t write more without spoiling it but I remember seeing so many reviews stating how heart wrenching It is and how it makes you cry and I remember being 90% in and I’m like okay it’s not that heartbreaking but boy did I jinx it. Out of all the four theories I had, this ending was not it, this wasn’t even near to it. But it makes so much sense now- literally everything from the start and it was so clear but we couldn’t see it. But I wish that it wasn’t so hyped that there is a twist in the end because the book would have hit me way harder if I wasn’t bracing myself up for one.

And it broke my heart holy shit.

I can’t even bear to look at the book right now and I’ve been living under a goddamn rock for the past two (or more) years and if you are there like me- you need to have read this book in your life.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars because there is one thing which I can’t tell you about but it just seems a little stupid.

-Avi

Goodreads:- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16143347-we-were-liars

 

Song for the book:- See You Again by Wiz Khalifa

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26 thoughts on “We Were Liars

  1. I love this book so much! I went into it without knowing what it is about and I was so glad for it. It took me by surprise and yes it did broke my heart. I’ve read it about two years ago, and I am still angry/loving the book for its awesomeness and playing with my feelings like the way it did. Great review!

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    1. I don’t think most people could’ve seen this coming, I was so hoping that it was one of Lockhart’s metaphors but of course it wasn’t! And I feel you, all I’ve done these two days Is watch hour long discussions and break down in the middle of the day haha. I can’t imaging how hard it would be being that was for two years. Thankyou so much:) -Avi

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  2. I loved this book! I went into it knowing absolutely nothing and it was amazing! I hate when everyone says ‘just wait for te twist!’ and hypes it so much because just by saying that there is a twist takes away from its power. I like going into mysteries without knowing anything at all. Still, I am glad you enjoyed it so much! Great review!

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    1. That’s awesome, great for you (in a non sarcastic way). I feel like i was bracing myself for the twist (even though this was above it) but I knew that it was there and not knowing it would’ve affected me more. Now I feel bad about raving it too much and spoiling it for others haha. And Thankyou so much:):)

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      1. You’re welcome! And it’s fine. I’ve seen some reviews that honestly open with the line ‘what a twist!’ Or ‘watch out of that twist ahead’. And I totally agree that going in without knowing the twist even exists is so much fun because totally throws you off when it does come.

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    1. I’ve only read some books like that and it’s been more than a day and I’m still like ‘oh wait that makes sense’ just randomly. And yes haha, I’ve had this on my shelf for over a year and a half and like I finally got around to reading it. You should really pick it up:) -Avi

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