Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Pages: 240

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I went into We Were Liars completely blind. I had no idea what it was about other than the vaguer than vague description and the numerous advance review rating it 5 stars. After all, once you finish reading this book you’re asked to lie…

There were so many promotions for this book, so much hype, that by the time I got to reading it a few days after it’s release I was nervous I was going to be let down. I’m glad to say that for the majority of the book I wasn’t.

The whole book is written to be very mysterious, sometimes confusing. I felt a lot like I was in a daze while reading, like I’d just “come to” after being in a coma – a state of delirium. But I really loved E. Lockhart’s prose-like way of writing. Her style went along perfectly with the kind of book that We Were Liars is – a dark and dreamy one.

Unfortunately the ending was the only part of the book that I felt a little let down by. It has nothing to do with the book itself, just the huge amount of hype surrounding the book and everyone talking about the “shocking” ending. The ending was indeed shocking, but I felt like I had been expecting more due to all the advance talk. If I hadn’t bothered to pay attention to the hype I would definitely give this 5 hearts!

Overall, We Were Liars is beautifully written, perfect for summer. My one recommendation for those of you who still want to read this: put all the reviews, hype, etc out of your mind and just enjoy the book. This was the first book I’ve read by E. Lockhart and I will definitely be adding more to my TBR after this one!

12 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. Great review! I really ended up loving this one and was glad I didn’t read any reviews before getting to it. The ending did shock me and had me in tears at work but I must admit it wasn’t the ending I was expecting. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting, just something more than that. Such a brilliant book though and I loved how it was written, it got 5 stars from me.

  2. I felt the exact same way about this book. It was good but it was so overhyped that I expected more from it! If I hadn’t been listening to the hype I would have rated it higher!

  3. There has been so much hype about this book. I’ve read a few of her other books (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) and I really enjoyed them so I’ll try to get to this one. Great review! 🙂

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