Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We Were Liars
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: May 13, 2014

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.

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Don't read my review if you've never read the book. I will not talk about events so there will be no direct spoilers but I will talk about my feelings and they might be spoilery. If you feel like you've been hyped too much, you'd probably won't love this novel as much as I did. If you're looking for all the clues right from the start, you might not be as shocked and thus, you might be underwhelmed. Which is kind of unfair because those who've read this book blindly will definitely love it more and those who got into reading it because of the hype have a higher possibility of being unfazed by it all. Sigh. Anyway, just, read my review at your own risk!

I read this back in May and I'm only reviewing it now. I really had no words for We Were Liars, just tears. Until now. And I'm a bit forcing myself right now because E. Lockhart is coming to the Philippines next week and ULTIMATE FLAILING GOING ON AROUND HERE.

I'd like to thank everyone who pushed this book on me (more like shoved, honestly) because it wrecked me. The best kind of wrecking. The one where you have tears and snot all over your face and you had to leave the living room just so you can cry hysterically on your own room. That's what I did. I remember needing to drink water because I was hiccuping so bad and the works.

Since I can't talk about the plot, I'll just rave over E. Lockhart's prose. I know the style isn't for everyone but this is my kryptonite. Anything poetic, lyrical, and drowned in metaphor is a must read for me. I don't care if something's slow or plodding, I can get over that if the words are beautiful. If I can float in its smooth flow, I'm all set. I especially loved the interspersed "fairytales" because they added dimension and mystery to the whole book.

We Were Liars is a very short book but even in its shortness, it will go down as one of the books I will never forget. Here's my review on Goodreads right after I finished it...
I finished We Were Liars and I... I just... I... Yeah. That. And then some. A lot. I don't know. I do know now.

A review might never materialize. But I'll leave you with this...

"Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments."

E. Lockhart, you delivered more than small astonishments.
Because yes, I am still astonished even almost a year after reading it. Definitely reading more from E. Lockhart!

About E. Lockhart

I am the author of We Were Liars,  Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliver quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book,  The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. How to Be Bad was co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.

Disreputable History was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel.

I currently teach at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.

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  1. Great review. I completely agree with your sentiments about going into the book blind. I had not heard anything about it and absolutely adored the book. I still found a couple of the twists predictable, but had I been hyped up, I likely would've been underwhelmed.

    1. I usually am able to predict and guess twists but in this, I was looking at it all wrong and I never expected anything! But yes, I recommended WWL to friends and they didn't really enjoy it as much because they knew I was raving about it. Oh well. Thanks for dropping by, Orie!


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