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We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Random House Children's Books | May 13, 2014 | Hardcover

We Were Liars is rated 3.9091 out of 5 by 22.

A New York Times Bestseller

"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents."--Wall Street Journal

"A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten."--Parade.com

"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending."
- Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


"An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing."--New York Times Book Review

"No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is...[Lockhart''s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic."--The Chicago Tribune

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 0.9 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038574126X

ISBN - 13: 9780385741262

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking This book is beautiful in every way imaginable: the plot is intriguing, the characters are more than two dimensions deep and the writing is spectacular. It is a little slow but if you stick with it I promise you that you will be unable to put it down. The ending leaves you with chills. This book is perfect.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great mystery ending Cast is a Sinclair. Beautiful, tall and wealthy. Her family own their own private island and for every summer they vacation there. When she's fifteen, her summer turns for the worst and an accident happens which causes her amnesia. Will she figure out what happened? Will her memories come back? You'll want to read this book even if it's just to read the twisty ending. This was the over-hype monster book that were getting people to grab it and read it. Naturally, I stayed away because over-hyped books are not my cup of tea. I generally don't like most popular books, and I have no idea why, but this popped up on RHC's monthly newsletter and I had to get it. I really did like this book. The wealthy family and their problems reminded me a lot of the Great Gatsby, but there's no Gatsby. No one to redeem themselves, unless you count Cady (kind off). I really wished the book stayed in the present tense because I was constantly pulled back and forth between the past and the present, and it pretty much confused me to what was going on. Pacing was very fast paced and I immensely loved how there were clues everywhere. And when there's a mystery, I pick it up and remember it because if done correctly the reveal can be unraveled. And so my theory was correct.. Wasn't really surprised by the ending, but I was still horrified it happened. As for the characters, I felt wholly disconnected from them. Even Cady's mom and her aunts. Don't get me started on how spoiled they were. One thing that blew my mind was the fact that Cady didn't know who the staff's names were. And that they were all POC. This book is super realistic. Money can really mess up a family and make it the most craziest problem ever. As for our MC, I don't know how many times I counted her saying how "beautiful" her family is. The outside appearance shouldn't really count. It annoyed me to no end. I did enjoy the fact that she defied her family and wanted to make amends.. Only did she did it in the most craziest way possible. I'm just saying that she wasn't the smartest person to be doing what she did. This family disgusted me. Through and through. Ripping their family apart just for money. Racism was also touched upon and I loved having a POC as the main love interest! Bonus points for that. Lastly, the "poetic" writing threw me off with it's pretentious symbolism. I just don't understand symbolism sometimes and I'd rather have something simple and straight to the point. Did not connect with any of the characters and the "poetic" writing threw me off with it's pretentious symbolism. Overall, I would read this for the twisted ending, especially if you're in the mood for a mystery set on a beautiful idyllic island.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read I thought this was such a great book. It was refreshingly different. I got so connected to all of the characters and, even when I figured out midway what was going to happen at the end, I continued to read because it was just so well written and I didn't want to let go of the characters yet. I stayed up reading instead of sleeping because I just had to find out how it was all going to unfold.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool book for teens and adults I bought this for my teenager and ended up reading it myself. It was interesting, powerful, and strange.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing. During my time reading this book I kept getting very lost throughout the story. Didn't really like the ending because of what Cady did, and I didn't really like the grandfather or the aunts. The Liars, minus Cady were great characters and I wish the book hadn't ended like it did.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hated the Ending About halfway through the book I wanted to put it down because I just wasn't that interested, but still wanted to know what happened. When I got to the twist I nearly threw my Kobo, it annoyed me so much.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over hyped Somewhat interesting premise but the prose was a huge distraction. It seemed as though the author was trying to make it as mysterious as possible but it lacked authenticity. Little character development. Just do not understand the hype.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bland. I found the writing style to be quite bland. The characters were very flat and we barely learn anything about them, not to mention there are too many. I couldn't keep track of who was who in terms of the aunts and cousins and everyone in between. For whatever reason, I predicted a twist coming. Maybe it was because the book was so bland for me I was hoping for a good twist ending to save it. But because I had that feeling of a twist in the near future, when it happened, I wasn't shocked...it felt predictable. The story had potential but it was just missing something for me.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good listen, nice twist 3.5/5 E. Lockhart's latest book We Were Liars is one of this summer's hottest YA titles - although it will appeal to adults as well. My adult daughter brought it to the cottage to read this summer on the recommendation of a friend and she really enjoyed it. So, I picked up the audio version for the commute back and forth to work. The publisher's synopsis says it all: "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." Our narrator is Cadence, one of the Liars. She is struggling to remember what happened that summer, but can't quite put the pieces together..... Lockhart is very clever. After the final chapter, I realized that much is revealed along the way if you pay close attention. There are fairy tales interspersed that also mirror real life. Pay attention to these as well. I must admit to figuring out the twist before the final pages, but still really enjoyed the story. But, to say anymore would be to spoil the book. I chose to listen to We Were Liars. The reader was Ariadne Meyers. Her voice was totally believable as a teenager. She captured the confusion of Cady well. She provided different voices for numerous characters that suited and were easy to differentiate. Her voice was clear and easy to understand. This was a good read, with a nice twist, but I'm in the minority I think - I wasn't completely blown away.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay A quick summer read with a twist. The writing style interrupted the flow of story often, and I kept reminding myself who was who so didn't develop a true caring for most of the characters. But the setting was nice, and there were lovely parts as the youths faced the truths of adulthood.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning In Cady's world, it's all about appearance. It doesn't matter if you're not really rich, as long as the rest of the world thinks you are. If you're not healthy, confident or happy, fake it. She and a few other families spend their summers on an island, in their own little world. But even in your own private world, there are prejudices, adults have agendas, children grow up and have desires and misconceptions about the adults. Events come to a head and Cady is left with many questions and no one willing to give her an answer. This is a very easy read in that it's not very long, the language is simple and the flow is effortless. It's not burdened with tons of details that would drag down the story to make sure you picture it exactly as the author intended you to. Instead, there are a few sentences here and there that seem unconnected, but put together they create such a clear image in your head that it will stay with you long after you're done. I read the first few chapters here and there over a couple days, then all of sudden finished the last 3/4 of the book in one sitting. It's haunting, it's lyrical and lush. I could picture mansions decorated in a nautical theme and blonde hair bleached white by the sun and the salt. Go read this book, it is amazing and I strongly recommend it!
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning In Cady's world, it's all about appearance. It doesn't matter if you're not really rich, as long as the rest of the world thinks you are. If you're not healthy, confident or happy, fake it. She and a few other families spend their summers on an island, in their own little world. But even in your own private world, there are prejudices, adults have agendas, children grow up and have desires and misconceptions about the adults. Events come to a head and Cady is left with many questions and no one willing to give her an answer. This is a very easy read in that it's not very long, the language is simple and the flow is effortless. It's not burdened with tons of details that would drag down the story to make sure you picture it exactly as the author intended you to. Instead, there are a few sentences here and there that seem unconnected, but put together they create such a clear image in your head that it will stay with you long after you're done. I read the first few chapters here and there over a couple days, then all of sudden finished the last 3/4 of the book in one sitting. It's haunting, it's lyrical and lush. I could picture mansions decorated in a nautical theme and blonde hair bleached white by the sun and the salt. Go read this book, it is amazing and I strongly recommend it!
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer Read This book was really good, read it in 2 days. That's what a call a great summer read about a mysterious island, with a mysterious family.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ, PLEASE COMMENT! This book intrigued me to the point that I could not even contemplate putting it down. I read the "unedited e-version" but I am pretty sure it's the same. The ending left me shocked and I have so many questions that are left unanswered. I want to know about Mirren, about Johnny, about Gat but I can't ask. SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK. Can someone explain to me how there was such a mess in Cuddledown if there was only Cadence there to make a mess? How did they eat.? How did the Mom know about Cadence being "alone"? Someone please explain!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... I liked this book. It is what I would consider young adult, but the mystery of what happened the summer Cadence and her cousins were 15 kept me turning the pages. It is hard to review this book without giving away any secrets, but I will say that the ending stunned me.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Were Liars A beautifully written story about the St.Claire family, who pretend that everything is perfect. I always like to see the details about the characters in the form of a family tree and the map helped to better situate myself. I loved the writing and quote like style.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Read! This is an exceptionally well written book that will keep you engaged with both the characters and the plot from beginning to end.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I have heard so much about We Were Liars from other bloggers, such that I was dying of curiousity! People were raving about the twist, and so I began hunting for this book in bookstores... only to realize that it hadn't even been released yet. Having now read We Were Liars, I can readily confirm that it is a thrilling read, a story absolutely brimming with secrets. Reasons to Read: 1. An emotional narrative: E Lockhart tells a brilliant story, although while not quite as shocking as I anticipated, of the tragic events to befall the main character's family (Cady). The writing style is poignant, and every mixed emotion felt by Cady is likewise experienced by the reader. As a reader, you are 2. A Shakespearean-esque tragedy: The day after having finished We Were Liars I saw a performance of King Lear, and it struck me how similar the two were in some ways. Let me emphasize that they are not the same story; but there are some characteristics the two share, such as the family dynamics. We Were Liars clearly evokes some of the feelings and themes from classical literature. 3. An unreliable narrator: I absolutely love reading books with an unreliable narrator, because I'm left guessing and gradually putting together all the clues and hints as to what actually happened. Cady is particularly effective as an unreliable narrator because even she isn't sure about the truth of what happened. After hearing so much about how the ending was truly shocking and surprising, I was a tad disappointed when I finished and discovered that my initial prediction was mostly correct (but not entirely). Then again, I think this was the ideal ending for the book and I don't think there could have been an ending that worked better with the story than this one. I won't say anything else because this is a story that must not be spoiled! This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish reading it. I'll have to find time to reread it, because I feel like I have more questions after having read it than I did before I started! Review copy received from Random House Canada; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hauntingly beautiful We Were Liars was a beautifully and hauntingly written novel about the St.Claire's who always pretend that everything is perfect. I was so fascinated by this family and I especially loved the map and family tree at the beginning of the book. E. lockhart's writing is what really made this novel so hauntingly beautiful and screwed up at the same time. As you can tell, you can't figure out anything from the synopsis.. But that style of writing is how it is throughout the whole novel. I was addicted. Hooked. Obsessed. I just needed to find out what the big secret was, and at 224 pages it wasn't hard to read it quickly but I managed to take my time with it because I loved the writing and quote like style. It gave me the shivers, and had me crying at some point, and laughing at others, and fantasizing about living on an island for the summer, with your cousins and prospective crush. It was just so perfect on the outside but once you dig for a little bit, the shell of perfection breaks and you get to see the St.Claire's for how they really are.. The opposite of perfect. Even though I had a few problems with the plot and characters, I forgot about it because of the writing. I felt like I forgave all the misgivings because of the writing. I wish more contemporary novels are written in this format. The one thing I didn't understand or get is why the four teenagers called themselves The Liars. It was just a bit too random the way it was introduced. Also, I really liked all four teenagers and wish we spent more time with them. Their youth was enviable; the way they felt indestructible and fearless was admirable. The mystery doesn't overtake the whole novel, yea it is the main plot line and the suspense almost killed me, but I loved living the summers through their eyes. My summers when I was a teenager were spent in shalets in front of the beach, waking up as looking outside and seeing the coast. Being surrounded by all my cousins and having a blast. It made me reminisce those days.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words To Describe How Good! This book was amazing! I was instantly hooked with the story and was guessing until the end of what was happening with the plot. There was also crying involved which is very hard for me but if there is crying it was a good book that must be read by all. A friend of mine even recommended it to me (Michelle) and I saw her enthusiasm for the book so I bought it and read it practically in a day. Its a good thing I had tissues in my room so no one saw me crying like a baby. We Were Liars was heartbreaking, emotional, suspenseful and just written in that intense way that you will already know it will be great. Each of the characters were intense and there were so many secrets just on this one island. I found it also cryptic and in a way can change your view in the entire novel. Cady is our main character that comes from a wealthy family as well as there is secrets in between the ages of 15-17. It definitely kept me intrigued with how Lockhart created these intense scenes. I don't want to give any of the plot away or spoil the book (this is why you have to read it!) The story maintained almost like a fairy-tale retelling with a major twist that was in the novel and really went with the story of Cady's life. I wish there was so much more to say about this book other than I loved it! I haven't read any of E. Lockhart's books before but I am definitely putting more of them on my list after reading this read. While there is greed, power and even the most important things in life family are the ones who are with you the entire time even after all the characters in this book feel like really life people. If you have not read this book yet pick it up at your bookstore immediately!!
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books We Were Liars is like a dream. That is the best way I can describe the whimsical writing, and the way I felt while reading it. It was intelligent, wild, beautifully written, full of intense family dynamics, provocative and intensely emotional. Full of twists and deceit, a first love that is so raw and real, and a friendship that is so rooted in love and trust in one another that the consequences are dire. I've never read anything by E. Lockhart before, but I do have The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks that I borrowed from a friend. After finishing We Were Liars, it is an absolute surety that I will be picking up the rest of her books, if they are anything like this one. I also really loved the use of Cadence creating the fairy tales. It created a very interesting way of her working through things in her mind, and created an outlet for her to talk about things she felt. The setting of the island, full of family homes full of tension and greed. The poetic writing that completely captures Cadence's despair and uncertainty. The bonds between family and the greed that can overtake you so easily. And a mystery that refuses to be answered, all while the reader is on a roller coaster ride of emotions and twists. We Were Liars simply put, is amazing. An emotional whirlwind story of hope, despair, family, forgiveness, deceit, rash decisions, and healing. E. Lockhart has set the bar incredibly high for 2014 YA Contemporary books.
Date published: 2014-05-06

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We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 0.9 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038574126X

ISBN - 13: 9780385741262

From the Publisher

A New York Times Bestseller

"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents."--Wall Street Journal

"A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten."--Parade.com

"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending."
- Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


"An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing."--New York Times Book Review

"No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is...[Lockhart''s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic."--The Chicago Tribune

About the Author

E. Lockhart is the author of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller We Were Liars and the Ruby Oliver quartet (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends), as well as Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." - Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars "This mindblowing YA thriller from E. Lockhart will make you glad you''re the 99 percent...And that''s about all we can tell you when it comes to the story of ''We Were Liars,'' the book by E. Lockhart that everyone will be reading, and re-reading, this summer. It''s twisty, it''s mysterious, and it''s got a surprise ending that''ll knock your socks off." -Kat Rosenfield, MTV News "Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)...This is poised to be big." - Booklist , starred review "Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you." - Publishers Weekly , starred review "Riveting, brutal and beautifully told." - Kirkus , starred review "The ending is a
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