We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Released: 15th May 2014
Pages: 228 pages
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Every now and then a book comes along in the YA universe that everyone raves about, everyone loves and that everyone should read. We Were Liars is one of those books. It takes the reader on an emotional journey full of twists and turns. We Were Liars is about a rich girl, her family and the summers they spend on their private island. I don’t want to say anymore than that as I believe readers should go into this book knowing as little about it as possible. The narrator pulled me into the story straight away. She’s unreliable and intriguing and like much of the characters, she’s also deceiving and beguiling.
The plot was very enjoyable. I found myself turning the pages quickly simply because I needed to know what was going to happen next. This book is well known for having a big twist at the end (which I won’t discuss) but, unusually for me, the twist didn’t shock me like it has some readers because I had managed to work it out (usually I’m rubbish at solving mysteries/twists). Having said that, I can definitely see how the twist comes out of nowhere and shocks most readers but the clues are also there for anyone who likes to put on their detective hat and figure out a good mystery.
The writing is very elegant and the sentences flowed beautifully. The lies told are all cleverly woven into plot with each word used.
While I didn’t love this book as much as the majority of people, We Were Liars was still a captivating read and I would recommend it. E. Lockhart has written an interesting and short contemporary novel which should appeal to those who love the contemporary genre and to those who are looking for something different on offer in the YA world.