We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

we were liars e lockhart

I am so behind in my reading and my reviewing. After Oil and Marble, I knew it was going to be difficult for me to find a book that would match what I had just finished. Thus, I bounced around a good bit. I’m not really feeling the books I currently own, so I turned to my library, and rented We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The Story

We Were Liars follows the Sinclair family. They’re an affluent family who owns an island and each family within the family has their own home on the island. Think: Gossip Girl – Nate Archibald and the Vanderbilts. The families all converge on the island for a reunion every summer. The “Liars” in the story are the four eldest of all of the grandchildren.

Primarily, we follow Cadence, the oldest of all of the grandchildren. One summer, she has an accident, and forgets the entire summer. She continues on in life with some PTSD-like symptoms that range from debilitating migraines and frequent amnesia.

Then, she returns to the island for one more summer, determined to get answers on the missing summer.

The Issues & My Overall Thoughts

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t super anticipating the ending of We Were Liars, so it did catch me off guard. I can’t give you too many more details without giving things away.

I did not enjoy the writing style. Yes, this was more of a YA novel, so the writing was a bit more catered to that audience. For me, it felt silly.

All in, We Were Liars was a pretty good read! I’d definitely recommend bringing it to the beach or the pool. If you’re like me, you can probably finish it in a day or two of non-dedicated time. It’s only ~250 pages.

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