We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – A Book Review

A friend recommended I give We Were Liars a read, and so I promptly picked it up at my local library.  I’m unfamiliar with E. Lockhart, but the blurbs, particularly John Green’s, encouraged me.

Most of We Were Liars captivates.  Our main character and narrator, Cadence, belongs to an old old money family and she, along with her cousins, spend their summers on their own private island off the coast of Massachusetts.  Something happened to Cadence on that island, though, something that resulted in amnesia, crippling migraines, and depression.  The majority of the book sets up the mystery, providing clue after clue as it races along, and it is difficult to put down.

However, the ending fell a little flat with me.  Without giving anything away, I felt the conclusion switched direction without much precedence and that abrupt shift in tone disheartened me.

We Were Liars features young adult characters.  They are filthy rich thanks to their racist grandfather and probably too clever.  We even have a festering teenage romance between Cadence and Gat, an Indian cousin who is not really blood-related and forever falls into the category of “outsider.”

But despite some of the genre’s cliches, I must admit the sparse language, short page count, and mysterious plot kept me turning page after page.  I think some will love this book and most will like it very much.  Sure, the ending disappointed me, but the book as a whole proved satisfying.

Though, admittedly, I think John Green may have been a little too generous.

6 thoughts on “We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – A Book Review

  1. Trisha Ann says:

    This book receives so much hype that I want to give it a try soon. But like what you and many others said, the ending was meh.

    • Hi, Trisha Ann. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve heard a lot about the hype since posting this review, but I honestly never heard of this book until a friend told me I should read it. Funny, huh? I’m 38, though, so I’m not sure I’m the book’s target audience. I’d read it if I were you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the ending.

  2. libbycole007 says:

    Shame about the ending! It’s always particularly disappointing when the rest of the story was good.


  3. Amanda B. says:

    This book was selected for my bookclub and most people were pretty disappointed in it. Sometimes I just don’t understand how some books get all that hype… Oh well. Moving on to my next book!

    • Thanks for visiting, Amanda. I think the younger you are, the more significant the ending. There’s a certain shock value to the end that resonates with a younger audience, I believe. For the young adult audience who are in their early teens, I’m sure the hype is well deserved. For me, without giving away the ending, the ending seemed more like a plot stunt.

      • Amanda B. says:

        I couldn’t agree more. I wan’t very shocked by the ending, even though I didn’t see it coming. It did spark some great discussion questions with my friends, though!

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