Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Delacorte Press, 2014

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literary awards

Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2015)The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky (2015)Bookworm Best Award for Best Fiction (2014)Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction (2014)The Magnolia Award Nominee for 9-12 (2016)

My Review (5 Stars: Loved It!)

I can see why this is an award winning book.  Each chapter is more captivating than the previous one.

It is a short read.  I read it over the course of one day.

It may be categorized as young adult, maybe because it is about four young adults, but it is mature in many ways.  I’ve categorized it as mystery and suspense as well.

Harris Sinclair is the wealthy head of a family.  He has three grown daughters.  Every year they and their children spend the summer on Sinclair’s private island in Massachusetts.  The daughters quibble over what each should inherit.  Their discord is only fueled by their father.

One granddaughter, Cady, can only remember parts of her fifteenth year.  She has had a brain injury and suffers from severe migraines.  She tries to piece together what she remembers.  She hangs out with two cousins who are close in age to her, Johnny and Mirren and another boy, Gat, who is related to her aunt’s boyfriend.  They are the four ‘liars.’

First Paragraph

“WELCOME TO THE beautiful Sinclair family.

No one is a criminal.

No one is an addict.

No one is a failure.

The Sinclairs are athletic, tall, and handsome.  We are old-money Democrats.  Our smiles are wide, our chins square, and our tennis serves aggressive.”

What Others Are Saying

“The writing in this novel, so fresh and snappy, will appeal to readers outside the YA community.” – JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

“I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering what in the world was going on…I couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what secret would be revealed next.” – Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Shelves

We Were Liars was a quick read with short chapters that built intensely toward the finale and a stunning reveal, changing everything we thought we knew about the characters. 5.0 stars.” Laurel Rain Snow @ Accidental Moments

About The Author (from the jacket cover)

“e. lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends.  She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Miracle).  Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cyblis Award for Best Young Adult Novel.”

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

  1. Great review! Thanks for the mention…glad you enjoyed it. I loved the short and suspenseful chapters. I also thought of it as a mystery and suspense, rather than YA, as the age of the characters seemed the least important thing.


  2. First time I have heard of the book and as is often the case with your reviews, you have enticed me into wanting to read this one.


  3. I didn’t love this one as much as everyone else – it felt anti-climatic to me. I passed it on to a young avid reader I know and she declared it “boring,” but her mom loved it.


  4. I’ve read a lot of good reviews of this book by people who don’t usually read YA, which makes me excited to pick it up. I’ve had it on my shelf for a while and it just hasn’t called to me though, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually get to it or not. Glad you enjoyed it!


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