We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

byE. Lockhart

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

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A New York Times Bestseller

One of James Patterson's "Favorite Thrillers for the Beach" (New York Times)

"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

e. lockhart wrote the New York Times bestsellers We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud. Her other books include 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. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com,...
Title:We Were LiarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.56 × 5.88 × 0.87 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038574126X

ISBN - 13:9780385741262


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy It NOW This book is just one of those so well written and well thought out that it has you thinking about it for months after you finish. My heart still hurts from finishing this one. You got to give the book at least 10 pages before you decide to continue or not because it was honestly very confusing in the beginning. However, everything later starts to make sense and it is extremely worth it.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it We Were Liars is definitely one of my favorite books. It's hard to get into at first, since e. lockhart has a very different writing style, but once you get into it, it's hard to get out of. The characters were well written and the ending tore me apart. Recommended to a friend and she binge read it then cried after finishing. Worth a read!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great characters with a great twist ending. My heart is still broken from that twist ending. Couldn't have seen it coming and wish I could stay with the liars in those summer months. Easy read for the summer.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for discussion! I LOVE this book. The whole time I was reading, it was like an intense mystery building up - with the accompaniment of relatable fun-loving characters. This mystery was an easy read, whereas other mysteries I find I can get confused. I could not put it down when I started reading and when I finished all I wanted to do was to talk about it with others!!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing This book was very immersive and really full of mystery. I loved uncovering the tragic pasts of the characters and the twists and turns throughout. Good read
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I think this is a book where you either love it or hate it. I was on the fence to be honest with this book. It was okay, not great.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book blew me away! The big twist, the thing you didn't see coming... I never saw that coming, but as soon as I came to it, so many events came rushing back to me, and made so much sense. And I immediately realized that I needed to read the book again!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down! The ending of this book is actually one of the most shocking plot twists I have ever read. I did not expect it at all! Fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome quick read I loved this book. I liked the pace of the book and the short chapters. I was hooked in pretty early in the book and the ending was crazy!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Read If you're looking for a quick and easy read, this is the book for you! The story was easy to get into and overall, a great read.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Missed the Mark ** spoiler alert ** Should maybe give this book a 3, but I don't really care enough about the story to try and justify that rating. I'm generally not a fan of ghost books. I loved the fairytale's told in this book, that's maybe what this author should stick to. I get that the main character was traumatized so she had to pretend her cousins were still there, but it went in too long. The characters weren't really developed enough to figure out that's what was going on either. I can't remember why they called themselves the Liars either. Maybe I just missed the point of the whole book. :(
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I read the whole book in one sitting. Worth the read!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely left me with mixed feelings. That twist ending! I understand why I was told to go into this without knowing much. It made my experience that much better. Not what I was expecting.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Such an amazing book, the ending leaves you speechless!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good a lot of people hated this but I really enjoyed it! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'M SHOOK lmao the ending has me QUAKING WHAT EVEN how i don't understand i loved this
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it When I first started this book I honestly didn’t know if I was gonna like it or not. Since I heard it was either a hit or miss for most readers. When Cadence suffers memory loss after an accident when she was 15, the novel enters around Cadence trying to discover what happened leading up to her accident, and trying to return to her old life. But, she’s plagued with migraines that dull to an ache on her best days, and leaver her bed ridden on her worst. Cadence , oh my heart bled for her. With her mind always aching, she struggles so much with trying to piece together the events that happened before her memory loss on her 15th summer. Gat, the sweet indian boy that never truly belonged had a war plaguing his thoughts. I routed for him and Cadence during the whole novel. I hoped for nothing but good things for these two as they were so innocent and pure. Johnny and Mirren were great side characters but I do wish I could have gotten to know them more. The littles drove me insane, as did the sisters, destroying their family over money. Greedy bitches. The mystery captivated me and I found myself turning page after page, always wanting to find out more. And for once, I was utterly shocked by the ending! I wouldn’t have guessed the outcome in a million years. It was refreshing! It’s very hard for a book to hide it’s plot twists from me, as I always guess them before they happen! But not this time my peeps! And I am still in awe by the plot twists and secrets throughout this book! I give We Were Liars 3 Stars for the unpredictable ending and for Cadence and Gat <3. However other characters really did aggravate me and it took a few chapters before I was absolutely entranced.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Twist! This is a novel about the rich and how one incident serves as a catalyst to the downward spiral of lies and prejudices. As Cadence discovers and unravels the lives of the rich, she believes she has also discovered a way to eradicate them! Eradicated they are but only through an unspeakable tragedy!!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot twist Ending The ending to this book left me speechless because I didn't see it coming at all!! It all made sense at the end when I put all the clues together. Great summer read!
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. This book blew me away. What an incredible author! I thought I knew where the story was going, but the twist absolutely shocked me. It was an amazing, heartbreaking tale, and I highly recommend it - even for adults.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This is an original story. The unusual style that Cady, the narrator, uses takes a while to get used to. She often drifts off into her own fantasies. For example, at the beginning she describes when her father left her and her mother. She says he got into the car, then shot her in the chest and she started bleeding. When I first read that, I was shocked! But that’s not what really happened. Cady often exaggerates events or makes up stories. The mystery of what happened to Cady was really suspenseful. Since she lost her memories, she couldn’t remember everything that happened the night she was injured. As Cady remembered events, the reader was also told what happened. I also liked the family dynamic of the story. The different generations all come together on their own island. The mothers used their children to try to manipulate their grandfather into giving them their inheritances. It’s sad to think about, but I can see that happening in very wealthy families. The ending gave me goosebumps! I was definitely not expecting it. It left me speechless. You’ll just have to read the book to find out how it ends!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty Dissapointing I didn't like this book. The story was bland and the twist ending kinda sucked. Don't waste your time.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Slow at first but the ending was amazing! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was captivated by it and was not able to let it down until I finish it! Great book!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unpopular Opinion? I thought the premise was great, and the writing style was very engaging, but the ending was so random, it left me feeling unresolved.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this probably one of the best books I've read in awhile. fantastic read!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it Its best to go into this book knowing absolutely nothing like i did and i absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of those One of those books that makes your heart hurt and then fall out.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very surprising When I first started this book I did not expect to love it as much as I do. I honestly took it as a YA novel that I can read on the side when I am bored, but a couple chapters in and I was thinking about it constantly! I did not see the ending coming and its a great story about a main character dealing with their trauma.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ENDING!!! Short book with a mind-twisting ending no one saw coming!
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ending I read this book because of a Buzzfeed article that recommended this book for fans of Riverdale. This book seemed pretty normal until the ending. It completely messed with my mind.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YEEEEES! I loved this book! Give it a read! :)
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best these days. The book still leaves me in awe, teaching about friendship and family. Was predictable at times, but still extremely well-written and plotted.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Book! I found myself having to take a break from reading the book a couple of days at a time because the whole "shocking ending" image surrounding the book made me want to skip straight to the end, and the prose just wasn't enough to keep me reading. I ended up correctly predicting the ending, but the prose was definitely packed with emotion.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ended up loving this book! It took a while to finish the book because school and the story wasn't really grasping me. However, when I finished it I was left speechless!!!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Crazy Ending! This book took me quite a while to finish, due to the fact I didn't know where the story was heading, however I just finished the end blew me away!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Crazy Ending! This book took me quite a while to finish, due to the fact I didn't know where the story was heading, however I just finished the end blew me away!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sophisticated Suspense It's one of those books that once you're finished reading it, you immediately need to read it again. This book absolutely left me speechless. I did not know what I was expecting when I picked it up, but it wasn't what I got. It was soo good, and so complex. It was all so metaphorical and just beautifully written. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Book Haunted Me When someone says they're looking for a good mystery I give them We Were Liars. It doesn't matter if you're a teen or adult. This is one of those books like The Fault In Our Stars that everyone can enjoy. You don't know until the very end what's been happening the whole time. Days after finishing this book, I was haunted by bits of dialogue that would come to mind and I'd find myself thinking "Oh! That's what that character was talking about!" This may be annoying for anyone who would rather figure out the mystery as they read the novel. But I think this group is the minority, the vast majority of people who I've talked to about this book loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down "We Were Liars" explores a world entirely unfamiliar to me, but manages to make me feel like I'm there, like I have been crushed under the weight of expectations set on the shoulders of Cadence Sinclair. It reveals that money truly does not buy happiness, that wealthy families have their own set of critical, emotional issues. I think it provides a great lesson for young adults who have that "the grass is greener" outlook. It also offers support for kids who deal with similar social constraints placed on "rich kids," and the lack of empathy afforded to them because their lives look pretty on the outside. Plus, the twist at the end was mind-blowing.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting book I had a bit of a tough time reading this book because of the writing style. That said I didn't see any of the twists coming and ended up liking the book once I'd read it.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story! This is a short and wonderful read with a surprising twist ending. Intriguing and mysterious. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing.. This is one of the books you either love or you hate. I loved it. I am not going to lie, at first, I was not in love with the book. I was not used to how the book was written, and I just fount it really long and weird. But the second I started to understand the book, it was absolutely amazing. I finished this book in about 2 days and a half. I was going to finish it on the second day, but once I understood what happened at the end, the punch, I needed a break. It is not like any other book. Its absolutely amazing, trust me. This book is a piece of art. Do not stop reading after 50 pages.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected twist This is a great book. The ending was unexpected though. Overall I liked this book.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i liked this short and interesting read
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it Did not like this book at all and i especially hated the ending
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light read It was ok, a light read so you can definitely finish this in one day. Great reveal, didn't expect it even though it was a big part of the novel!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No I did not like this book at all. Hated the ending, wasted my time reading this.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad but also not good This was a quick read, but it was also somewhat disappointing for me. I feel like this could have been so much more than what it was. I just could not get into the writing style of the author.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad but also not good This was a quick read, but it was also somewhat disappointing for me. I feel like this could have been so much more than what it was. I just could not get into the writing style of the author.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from give it a go I was confused as to whether I liked this book or not... but it's very mysterious and captivating.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice A nice little summer read, nothing spectacular but I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad! although the ending is very predictable i did enjoy the read
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go into this Novel Knowing Nothing about the story...you will Thank me for it !!!! Wow ! I did not see that coming. I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.. I needed to know what happened. I ended up ugly crying, this book was really special. The whole time you're trying to find out what is happening and going on and it's really engaging, entertaining, heart-breaking, and silly at moments. This book really just wowed me. I would highly suggest if you haven't read it, it's a quick short read and it's very very good !! Also go into this story without even reading the dust jacket, it makes the experience so much more fulfilling !
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like it everyone was reading it, everyone was saying it was amazing, but honestly, I guessed the ending about half way through the book. I felt like the main character was really boring, and I found the writing very confusing! There were times when the metaphors flowed too well with the writing that I didn't know what was a metaphor and what wasn't. Just not a book for me.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written The language itself has a lot of metaphors and a very poetic feel to it. There are a lot of different points of view considered and expressed when it comes to the dysfunctional Sinclair family, and the ending makes for a very intriguing, emotional and suspenseful story.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fast and fun I really liked this book, it was a fast and super easy read. I did not see the twist coming at all.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too much hype Because of all the hype, i went into the book with HIGH expectations. However, i didn't find it that enjoyable. Everyone talks in metaphors and the story line is a before/after storyline.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot Twist! Man, the ending of this book was so unsuspected!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my faves! Intense plot. Mindblowing twist. Heartbreaking story. No scrabble words could describe how amazed and scared I was while reading this glamorous novel about the Sinclairs. It's perfect. So damn perfect!!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth it I read this book as part of a reading challenge. I was expecting more suspense, and didn't really connect with the characters. It was a useless read for me, but very quick.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Were Liars A great book full of surprises and secrets.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twist The surprise twist at the end really through my off. I was not expecting it at all. The writing style is very nice too. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I didn't enjoy this book. I thought the ending was bland. Not a big shocker.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uh uh Just because a book has a twist ending does not necessarily make for a good book. Read it if you must but I give this one a pass.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ! It's a pretty short read, but it is really gripping and fast-paced with mystery and thriller. good for road trips!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A necessity for your shelf This is one of my favourite books of all time. The way the novel is worded really makes it mysterious and I love the dynamics of the characters. The ending is very well done. While rereading the book you can see small clues but in the first reading never notice them as important. The fairy tales really add a lot to the book and the way migraines are described is amazing. Overall, this is a clever book and it's easy to fall in love with.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written and quick read This book was really well written and was quite enjoyable. To me, the writing overshadows the actual plot.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book has a slower pace to it, but the twist later on... no words. I would suggest this to a friend for sure! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 stars I love the idea of the story but I feel like it could have been better executed. It at times seemed to drag a bit. Overall it was an easy read but didn't blow me away. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blah I honestly do not know how this book got 4 stars...I had the hardest time finishing it. For me, the writing was bad, the story just dragged on and the ending was a little predictable (all through the book, she seemed to be the only one who could see her friends, nobody spoke to them except for her...). If you want a good psychological thriller, I would pass on this one.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocked. I loved We were liars, it was a light read for my afternoon.There was unexpected twist at the end, which was great but I didn't enjoy the beginning. The beginning was a bit slow for me and I had almost put it down but I highly recommend that you don't. I was left completely and utterly shocked after the plot twist. Will be re-reading We were liars in the future.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book, it was thrilling and had a great twist at the end. This bok will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mind. blown. i was left in shock. great plot twist, and such a well written story. you never expect what is coming, and the suspense had me reading the whole book in one sitting . . .
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Well Written great plot twist. ,
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Decent I enjoyed reading this book, though it wasn't too unique.The mystery was intriguing and the characters were decently developed, though it was a pretty light read. I do intend to reread it to better understand the mystery, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy but exciting read.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mystery novel I would actually give it a 3.5/5. The story and characters was good but not amazing! The end though was really good and unexpected!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely unexpected ending I had heard so much about this book, and was so excited to read it. It definitely did not disappoint! The writing was super unique and mysterious, and the ending was so unexpected and exciting. I would recommend it to everyone! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite book we were liars is such an amazing book. I could not predict what was going to happen next. once i had finished the book i had to take a couple mind blowing mintues to piece everything together. such and amazing summer read, everyone needs a book to really make you think for a while and this book did just that.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excited to read! I have heard lots of great things about this book and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay book mysterious and gripping. this book is definitely unique in the writing style however i personally found myself re reading a lot of the time because i was getting lost or confused by things in the story. its a good book just wasnt my favourite
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what it looks like Don't go into this book expecting a cute summer read... It's not. Don't make the same mistake I did. I also didn't like the writing, found it to slow and plain. In brief, you could love this book, but its not a light contemporary read, more of a mystery, but not a fun one either.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow incredibly clever, and well written
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Had a hard tie putting down the book, really good
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining There was a lot of hype surrounding this book. So much so that it was difficult for me to even track down a copy. The story and the characters kept me hooked, but 3/4 of the way through I had figured out the ending. It was good - just not the great mystery that it's made out to be.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful novel it was one of those books when, after reading it, you wished you had written it so you could make people feel all those beautiful feelings #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling This is a teen's book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Did not see the ending coming. One of those reads that sort of sticks with you.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovedd it I wasn't expecting that! Really good and interesting
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting a very intersting read that is pretty good
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't even finish it.... Honestly this book just sucks. For me anyway. I couldn't even finish it.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woah This book left me shook. SO SO well written. It's a little different, but the twist at the end was shocking. I couldn't put it down during the last 75 pages. READ THIS BOOK
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I must say this book had quite the plot twist. It kept me hooked from the start and took me by surprise at the end. It was a great read.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious and Emotional The whole book is confusing in the best way, with clarity near the end of the novel-- super super great story
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unexpected loved how tragic the ending was. caught me by surprise.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Best 2.5 stars.This book would be good for a teenage girl (age 12 to 15, perhaps). It's very slow going for anyone older than that. It's hard to find any good quality message in it, as right at the end there is a huge plot twist which makes the story terribly unbelieveable, and the main character seemingly takes nothing away. Overall, unless you have a teenage girl in your life, I wouldn't waste my time.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mysterious & Intriguing Bought this with the recommendation of a friend who read it and said it was quite the thriller. Agreed, it is mysterious and exciting, but some parts predictable. Still would recommend if you enjoy teen mysteries.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious and interesting I loved everything about this book. It's setting, it's interesting characters, it's unique, mysterious and totally unpredictable plot. The writing was great in addition. I loved reading this. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like I liked it for the most part but I wasn't a fan of the ending. If you like a good haunting mystery it's a good choice. I felt sad reading it I suppose.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favourites! I loved this book and I have to pick it up for a re-read. I would suggest it to anyone that likes something different, a little bit dark, and twisty.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! This book is one of my favs! The ending to this book was great, surprising and shocking and loved that it was not your basic teenage summer book.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Guessed It I just have to quickly mention that I guessed the plot twist. Then I decided it wasn't possible, but I was proved wrong. Stick with your gut, children. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mysterious I had read a lot of great things about this book and was anxious to read it. I'm used to reading thriller and though this book did not disappoint, the ending was fairly predictable. It was still good none the less.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting It was definitely a haunting book, one with a storyline that stays with you for a long time. It was great. I highly recommend that you stop reading reviews and go read the book - this is one ending you don't want spoiled!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! My cousin recommended this book to me, and I started reading it at around 8pm and could not put it down! I finished reading it at around 2am, and I had the hole story in my head for the following days!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It I tried, but I just couldn't get into this one. I've started and stopped reading it probably three or four times now.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good this is surprisingly good for such a short novel. the ending was unexpected but it wasn't a bad unexpected. great for mystery/thriller lovers
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprise ending Incredibly well crafted page-turner. I was shocked in the end, when Cady finally remembered what happened. And, I was delighted by the incredible imagination and beautifully crafted ways the author described Cady's emotional outburst and headaches. I didn't think this would be the type of book I would enjoy, but it was an excellent read.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Fun read - a bit juvenile for my liking but still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! This is an entertaining read, not amazing but not bad!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I enjoyed this book although I would not put it up there as one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This is such a good book, I cannot stress it enough. So many twists and turns...I love it!!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An okay book This book was okay. I felt like there was a little something missing that would have brought everything together more smoothly. However, I did find it to be an easy read and was satisfied at the end. A good book.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite It was a fantastic book, which shocked me and took very different turn of events
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites! This book is stunning! The characters are written with so much depth and dimension and the story line was absolutely amazing. The ending was so well thought out and such a plot twist that I found myself going back into the story and realizing all the details I'd missed. 10/10 would recommend, especially if you like mystery or thriller novels!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my faves This is one of my favourite books! I love it so much
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! Really enjoyed the surprise plot twist!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a plot twist I didn't see coming I loved this book. The story kept me interested and wanting to read more. The ending was one I will never forget. Beware it will hit you like BAMB out of nowhere. Once you pick up this book you will not want to put it down. It was so good. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot twist alert! This book was completely compelling. I couldn't put it down. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and surprising. Definitely a must-read, even for non-YA readers!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable, but would be good for a YA reader I’m a pretty fast reader, but this was a really, really quick read for me. I thought it was completely predictable, but interesting and surprising nonetheless. This book prepared you for a big twist right from the beginning (& even before you read it with the description), which is probably why it was so easy for me to guess pretty early on. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the odd writing style/varying sentence structures, which probably was the biggest reason for the 3 star review. I didn’t love any of the characters and found them to be pretty forgettable. I found them to mirror completely overused stereotypes. They were pretentious and, at times, rubbed me the wrong way. I think the fact that it was over-hyped made me expect so much more from the book. If I didn’t predict the ending from the first 25% of the book, I probably would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars for the plot twist I didn't see coming but probably should have. :P I couldn't relate to Cadence at all but I don't think you were supposed to be able to relate to her. Her narrative kind of annoyed me a bit and I didn't like her privileged family and her prejudiced, wealthy grandfather. The purple prose was confusing at times and sometimes I thought she was actually bleeding but that might have just been the description of her feelings or migraines. The migraines also confused me and I'm not entirely sure if this was all in her head or not. This book hardly had any romance but I honestly didn't feel anything for the relationship between Cady and Gat. It felt flat for me and that's probably because Cady was already 110% in love with Gat before the story even started and we knew anything about him. But despite that, I found Gat to be the most interesting character. And it's not because he was one of the only diversed characters in the novel but because I found that he was flawed and had interesting views on life.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book doesn't have the most beautiful writing style, but it certainly engages the reader. It is a short book that you won't put down until the end. I am usually one to piece things together before the end, but I did not see the twist coming and must admit, it was painful. It is one that I hand out to everyone just so I can see if they had the same reaction I did! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just wow! the plot twist is so good. I still have so many questions after reading it. the book was fantastic.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't Believe the Hype Fortunately for me (and maybe for you) this book took all of one afternoon to read. Some pages literally only contain a handful of words. However I'll give the author this, a few reviews I've read mentioned this book was predictable - I found that it was the exact opposite! I had no idea it was going to end how it did, which was a nice surprise. Regardless of the ending I found that book bloggers and bookstagrammers really hyped this book up to be something that should've only been deemed OK.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but predictable I enjoyed reading this one but found it a bit predictable... I kinda saw the twist coming from a mile away!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh! I actually liked the book. But like usual books the ending wasn't my favorite, it definitely took me by surprise. I loved the characters and plot.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enchanting Language The writing is lovely, the twist is cool, and the characters are... interesting. Worth reading!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't like this book, but I'd read it again I actually really enjoyed this book until the final thirty or so pages. Then it made me cry, and made me angry. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say read it even though the ending kind of sucks. It was still a good book.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth reading! This book is written in such a unique way that the writing alone is worth picking it up. There are hints dropped throughout the book at what is happening and if you pay attention you can puzzle it together.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a shocking ending Very rarely am I so shocked at the end of a novel. To be honest the mystery is what kept me invested, the characters, especially the main character weren't very interesting or likeable.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! That plot twist though! That is all I have to say.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Ending We are perfect. We never cry. We keep our chins up and our pride high. We are never wrong. We are the Sinclairs. And we are liars. Cadence Sinclair Eastman is the heiress to the large family fortune. As the first-born grandchild, she carries the weight of a family legacy on her shoulders – and her mother never lets her forget it. Cadence has to be the best at everything, the athletic, blonde smiling image of what a Sinclair should be. But behind the perfect Sinclair name is a darkness that is a result of layers upon layers of lies. Cadence can’t remember what happened the summer of her fifteenth year, and nobody is willing to tell her. Surrounded by liars, will the truth won’t be easy to come by. And some secrets are better left buried… KC Rating: 4/5 Poetry and beautiful imagery is laced through the chapter of We Were Liars. Lockhart creates a spellbinding story of four teenagers who spend their coming-of-age years on an island under the shadow of their grandfather’s reputation, and their mothers’ failure to succeed at perfection. Dark and creative, We Were Liars will swallow readers whole, dragging them into the world of the Sinclairs and leaving them to wonder how they missed it. This novel was written for teens, but is a very enjoyable and easy read for adults. Grades 6 and up.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly good I came across this book in "other also looked at" ... I bought this book, knowing little about it. I usually do my research before buying a book or at least read the excerpt.It was on sale and fairly cheap for a hard cover so I was intrigued. I wasn't expecting anything so s the story began I was easing into it slowly - Halfway through my attention was caught - once the climax began there was no coming down the book ended - & it was one of those books that climaxed out of nowhere and right at the point when you thought the book was going to be a dud. I re read it the same day I finished reading it. Definitely recommend it to someone who has the patience for a slow climax but an interesting one.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun A bit juvenile for my age, but still a fun read !
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! WOW. I had a partial review drafted up when I was close to finished this book about what it seems to be about and the morals and lessons it includes but then it COMPLETELY floored me and just threw the biggest "WHAT THE F*CK?!" plot twist at me with such a strong force that I kept rereading some of the pages and blinking rapidly because I just couldn't believe it. This is all I can say pretty much. My original drafted review seems irrelevant now and I really don't know what to say this book is about without spoiling something crucial. I will admit it wasn't necessarily a favourite for me but it was a great, creepy, underlying mystery novel. I definitely enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly beautiful This instantly became one of my favs and I will read more from this author, that is how much i enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life! This book is still to this day one of my all time favourite books which is saying something because every time I read a new book it becomes my new favourite. The ending threw me for such a loop and all the small foreshadowing throughout the novel finally came into perspective with the amazing ending. One word to describe this book? Beautiful. Would totally recommend! All my friends loved it too!!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Uh.. Hm.. this book threw me in for a loop. So many questions after reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Get Spoiled Stop reading reviews because you do NOT want to be spoiled. It was a very good book filled with suspense. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start I had heard great reviews on this book, so my expectations were very high. I don't think this book was as wonderful as I was led to believe, however, it did have an unexpected plot twist! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast and immersive read This book had a very different feel from E. Lockharts other novels. It was really well written and something i've read more than once.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For mystery lovers This book has a few darker underlying themes - definitely recommended for any mystery lovers as well as more mature readers because of the themes that can be harder to understand in the light of the entire novel. Very good book.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I love books with an unpredictable twist at the end, and this one delivered. I loved the poetic writing as well.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery! A great story with a mystery that sneaks up on you and delivers a truly powerful end. Loved the writing, so eerie and haunting throughout. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever I fell in love with Gat and the ending left me heartbroken. So many twists and turns and life lessons learned along the way. LOVE!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Kinda boring but still decent
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth Reading This wasn't as good as I expected it to be but it's worth reading. It's a good story with a surprise ending.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twist-filled and mysterious This book grabbed me right from the start and I was hooked the entire time #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart This book is a tragic, yet hauntingly beautiful story.This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I have read in a really long time. I went in this book knowing nothing, expecting nothing, but my mind was BLOWN.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hmmmmm.... This book is like poetry. Literally, some pages looked like free-form poetry. And, as with most poetry, I didn't really know what to think about it. There were lines that were like chocolate and made me smile with satisfaction, and there were parts that were lost on me. Overall, I think I'm glad I read it, but it was so twisted and weird I'm not really sure.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I really enjoyed this book because in a way, it was a real life mystery novel. I loved how we were able to see the characters from a young point of view to when their older and how the events in their life have shaped them to become who they are. The ending has a major plot twist that leaves you shocked! It's haunting and twisted while at the same time sophisticated!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I adore Rainbow Rowell and this was the first novel I ever read from her! She is an amazing author and addresses issues that teens of this era are familiar with and it's a nice change. I love her style of writing and the fresh ideas she brings into teen literature. I cannot wait for more books from her!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite novel I bought this novel with high expectations and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the whole book was not amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Wonderfully captivating, and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay This book was a bit of let down. The ending while surprising, just seemed like a quick way to tie up the mystery in this novel, it also made me throw this book into a corner out of anger
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing read! Really great plot (especially the ending!!) and pretty good writing. Very memorable!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from WE WERE LIARS REVIEW You really can't say much about this book, but I teared up by the story by the end Tragic, yet hauntingly beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Smokes Wow... this book just... wow! It's a very quick read as I read it in one sitting. Little tip to those thinking about reading it: Go into it knowing NOTHING. Avoid all synopsis' at all costs. It makes everything so much better! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprising ending Pretty good book, the ending was a bit surprising and somehow explained the "heaviness" that was reflected throughout the story.
Date published: 2017-01-06

Read from the Book

1Welcome 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.It doesn't matter if divorce shreds the muscles of our hearts so that they will hardly beat without a struggle. It doesn't matter if trust-fund money is running out; if credit card bills go unpaid on the kitchen counter. It doesn't matter if there's a cluster of pill bottles on the bedside table.It doesn't matter if one of us is desperately, desperately in love.So much in love that equally desperate measures must be taken.We are Sinclairs.No one is needy.No one is wrong.We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.Perhaps that is all you need to know.2My full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.I live in Burlington, Vermont, with Mummy and three dogs.I am nearly eighteen.I own a well-used library card and not much else, though it is true I live in a grand house full of expensive, useless objects.I used to be blond, but now my hair is black.I used to be strong, but now I am weak.I used to be pretty, but now I look sick.It is true I suffer migraines since my accident.It is true I do not suffer fools.I like a twist of meaning. You see? Suffer migraines. Do not suffer fools. The word means almost the same as it did in the previous sentence, but not quite.Suffer.You could say it means endure, but that's not exactly right.My story starts before the accident. June of the summer I was fifteen, my father ran off with some woman he loved more than us.Dad was a middling-successful professor of military history. Back then I adored him. He wore tweed jackets. He was gaunt. He drank milky tea. He was fond of board games and let me win, fond of boats and taught me to kayak, fond of bicycles, books, and art museums.He was never fond of dogs, and it was a sign of how much he loved my mother that he let our golden retrievers sleep on the sofas and walked them three miles every morning. He was never fond of my grandparents, either, and it was a sign of how much he loved both me and Mummy that he spent every summer in Windemere House on Beechwood Island, writing articles on wars fought long ago and putting on a smile for the relatives at every meal.That June, summer fifteen, Dad announced he was leaving and departed two days later. He told my mother he wasn't a Sinclair, and couldn't try to be one, any longer. He couldn't smile, couldn't lie, couldn't be part of that beautiful family in those beautiful houses. Couldn't. Couldn't. Wouldn't.He had hired moving vans already. He'd rented a house, too. My father put a last suitcase into the backseat of the Mercedes (he was leaving Mummy with only the Saab), and started the engine.Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,then from my eyes,my ears,my mouth.It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.Mummy snapped. She said to get hold of myself.Be normal, now, she said. Right now, she said.Because you are. Because you can be. Don't cause a scene, she told me. Breathe and sit up.I did what she asked.She was all I had left.Mummy and I tilted our square chins high as Dad drove down the hill. Then we went indoors and trashed the gifts he'd given us: jewelry, clothes, books, anything. In the days that followed, we got rid of the couch and armchairs my parents had bought together. Tossed the wedding china, the silver, the photographs.We purchased new furniture. Hired a decorator. Placed an order for Tiffany silverware. Spent a day walking through art galleries and bought paintings to cover the empty spaces on our walls.We asked Granddad's lawyers to secure Mummy's assets.Then we packed our bags and went to Beechwood Island.3Penny, Carrie, and Bess are the daughters of Tipper and Harris Sinclair. Harris came into his money at twenty-one after Harvard and grew the fortune doing business I never bothered to understand. He inherited houses and land. He made intelligent decisions about the stock market. He married Tipper and kept her in the kitchen and the garden. He put her on display in pearls and on sailboats. She seemed to enjoy it.Granddad's only failure was that he never had a son, but no matter. The Sinclair daughters were sunburnt and blessed. Tall, merry, and rich, those girls were like princesses in a fairy tale. They were known throughout Boston, Harvard Yard, and Martha's Vineyard for their cashmere cardigans and grand parties. They were made for legends. Made for princes and Ivy League schools, ivory statues and majestic houses.Granddad and Tipper loved the girls so, they couldn't say whom they loved best. First Carrie, then Penny, then Bess, then Carrie again. There were splashy weddings with salmon and harpists, then bright blond grandchildren and funny blond dogs. No one could ever have been prouder of their beautiful American girls than Tipper and Harris were, back then.They built three new houses on their craggy private island and gave them each a name: Windemere for Penny, Red Gate for Carrie, and Cuddledown for Bess.I am the eldest Sinclair grandchild. Heiress to the island, the fortune, and the expectations.Well, probably.4Me, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat. Gat, Mirren, Johnny, and me.The family calls us four the Liars, and probably we deserve it. We are all nearly the same age, and we all have birthdays in the fall. Most years on the island, we've been trouble.Gat started coming to Beechwood the year we were eight. Summer eight, we called it.Before that, Mirren, Johnny, and I weren't Liars. We were nothing but cousins, and Johnny was a pain because he didn't like playing with girls.Johnny, he is bounce, effort, and snark. Back then he would hang our Barbies by the necks or shoot us with guns made of Lego.Mirren, she is sugar, curiosity, and rain. Back then she spent long afternoons with Taft and the twins, splashing at the big beach, while I drew pictures on graph paper and read in the hammock on the Clairmont house porch.Then Gat came to spend the summers with us.Aunt Carrie's husband left her when she was pregnant with Johnny's brother, Will. I don't know what happened. The family never speaks of it. By summer eight, Will was a baby and Carrie had taken up with Ed already. This Ed, he was an art dealer and he adored the kids. That was all we'd heard about him when Carrie announced she was bringing him to Beechwood, along with Johnny and the baby.They were the last to arrive that summer, and most of us were on the dock waiting for the boat to pull in. Granddad lifted me up so I could wave at Johnny, who was wearing an orange life vest and shouting over the prow.Granny Tipper stood next to us. She turned away from the boat for a moment, reached in her pocket, and brought out a white peppermint. Unwrapped it and tucked it into my mouth. As she looked back at the boat, Gran's face changed. I squinted to see what she saw.Carrie stepped off with Will on her hip. He was in a baby's yellow life vest, and was really no more than a shock of white-blond hair sticking up over it. A cheer went up at the sight of him. That vest, which we had all worn as babies. The hair. How wonderful that this little boy we didn't know yet was so obviously a Sinclair.Johnny leapt off the boat and threw his own vest on the dock. First thing, he ran up to Mirren and kicked her. Then he kicked me. Kicked the twins. Walked over to our grandparents and stood up straight. "Good to see you, Granny and Granddad. I look forward to a happy summer."Tipper hugged him. "Your mother told you to say that, didn't she?""Yes," said Johnny. "And I'm to say, nice to see you again.""Good boy.""Can I go now?"Tipper kissed his freckled cheek. "Go on, then."Ed followed Johnny, having stopped to help the staff unload the luggage from the motorboat. He was tall and slim. His skin was very dark: Indian heritage, we'd later learn. He wore black-framed glasses and was dressed in dapper city clothes: a linen suit and striped shirt. The pants were wrinkled from traveling.Granddad set me down.Granny Tipper's mouth made a straight line. Then she showed all her teeth and went forward."You must be Ed. What a lovely surprise."He shook hands. "Didn't Carrie tell you we were coming?""Of course she did."Ed looked around at our white, white family. Turned to Carrie. "Where's Gat?"They called for him, and he climbed from the inside of the boat, taking off his life vest, looking down to undo the buckles."Mother, Dad," said Carrie, "we brought Ed's nephew to play with Johnny. This is Gat Patil."Granddad reached out and patted Gat's head. "Hello, young man.""Hello.""His father passed on, just this year," explained Carrie. "He and Johnny are the best of friends. It's a big help to Ed's sister if we take him for a few weeks. And, Gat? You'll get to have cookouts and go swimming like we talked about. Okay?"But Gat didn't answer. He was looking at me.His nose was dramatic, his mouth sweet. Skin deep brown, hair black and waving. Body wired with energy. Gat seemed spring-loaded. Like he was searching for something. He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.Our eyes locked.I turned and ran away.Gat followed. I could hear his feet behind me on the wooden walkways that cross the island. I kept running. He kept following.Johnny chased Gat. And Mirren chased Johnny.The adults remained talking on the dock, circling politely around Ed, cooing over baby Will. The littles did whatever littles do.We four stopped running at the tiny beach down by Cuddledown House. It's a small stretch of sand with high rocks on either side. No one used it much, back then. The big beach had softer sand and less seaweed.Mirren took off her shoes and the rest of us followed. We tossed stones into the water. We just existed.I wrote our names in the sand.Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat.Gat, Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence.That was the beginning of us.Johnny begged to have Gat stay longer.He got what he wanted.The next year he begged to have him come for the entire summer.Gat came.Johnny was the first grandson. My grandparents almost never said no to Johnny.5Summer fourteen, Gat and I took out the small motorboat alone. It was just after breakfast. Bess made Mirren play tennis with the twins and Taft. Johnny had started running that year and was doing loops around the perimeter path. Gat found me in the Clairmont kitchen and asked, did I want to take the boat out?"Not really." I wanted to go back to bed with a book."Please?" Gat almost never said please."Take it out yourself.""I can't borrow it," he said. "I don't feel right.""Of course you can borrow it.""Not without one of you."He was being ridiculous. "Where do you want to go?" I asked."I just want to get off-island. Sometimes I can't stand it here."I couldn't imagine, then, what it was he couldn't stand, but I said all right. We motored out to sea in wind jackets and bathing suits. After a bit, Gat cut the engine. We sat eating pistachios and breathing salt air. The sunlight shone on the water."Let's go in," I said. Gat jumped and I followed, but the water was so much colder than off the beach, it snatched our breath. The sun went behind a cloud. We laughed panicky laughs and shouted that it was the stupidest idea to get in the water. What had we been thinking? There were sharks off the coast, everybody knew that.Don't talk about sharks, God! We scrambled and pushed each other, struggling to be the first one up the ladder at the back of the boat.After a minute, Gat leaned back and let me go first. "Not because you're a girl but because I'm a good person," he told me."Thanks." I stuck out my tongue."But when a shark bites my legs off, promise to write a speech about how awesome I was.""Done," I said. "Gatwick Matthew Patil made a delicious meal."It seemed hysterically funny to be so cold. We didn't have towels. We huddled together under a fleece blanket we found under the seats, our bare shoulders touching each other. Cold feet, on top of one another."This is only so we don't get hypothermia," said Gat. "Don't think I find you pretty or anything.""I know you don't.""You're hogging the blanket.""Sorry."A pause.Gat said, "I do find you pretty, Cady. I didn't mean that the way it came out. In fact, when did you get so pretty? It's distracting.""I look the same as always.""You changed over the school year. It's putting me off my game.""You have a game?"He nodded solemnly."That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. What is your game?""Nothing penetrates my armor. Hadn't you noticed?"That made me laugh. "No.""Damn. I thought it was working."We changed the subject. Talked about bringing the littles to Edgartown to see a movie in the afternoon, about sharks and whether they really ate people, about Plants Versus Zombies.Then we drove back to the island.Not long after that, Gat started lending me his books and finding me at the tiny beach in the early evenings. He'd search me out when I was lying on the Windemere lawn with the goldens.We started walking together on the path that circles the island, Gat in front and me behind. We'd talk about books or invent imaginary worlds. Sometimes we'd end up walking several times around the edge before we got hungry or bored.

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 stunner that  will haunt readers for a long time to come." —School Library Journal, starred review"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph." —The Horn Book, starred review“This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery…Astonishing." —Shelf Awareness, starred review“[a] haunting, sophisticated mystery...a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” —The Wall Street Journal“Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel.” —The New York Times Book Review"A Lockhart YA is always a treat and this is no exception...The glimpse we get into a life of privilege, a lifestyle most of us can only imagine, is insightful and thrilling. The ending will shock the mose jaded of readers, we promise!" —RT Book Reviews"There's trouble in paradise at the opening of National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart's shattering yet ultimately hopeful YA novel . . . and neither family nor reader will ever be the same." —Library Journal"It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing." —Bustle.com, 2014's Best YA Books"No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars..... This book has that surprise quality--like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity--that makes readers scramble back through hungrily devoured chapters and wonder in admiration: Could I have seen this coming? Did I miss any clues?" —Newsday"Like a shard of glass, WE WERE LIARS glitters and shines, then cuts deep. E. Lockhart has truly outdone herself with this masterful, darkly mesmerizing portrait of a fractured family ruined by the excess of wealth. Humming with rich descriptions and razor-sharp intelligence, the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman will both inspire and haunt readers for years to come." —Sarah Pitre, Forever Young Adult"Perception often is not reality -- and it certainly is not in WE WERE LIARS. This is a look at what “a perfect world” looks like on the inside and how it unravels once one of the players sees it for what it is. Pitch perfect in both plotting and character development." —Carol Fitzgerald, Book Reporter"The must-read contemporary novel so far this year is definitely E. Lockhart’s stellar We Were Liars, a rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten." —Sonia Charaipotra, Parade"A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real." —Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Leviathan"I've fallen in love with every E. Lockhart book I've ever read (and I've read them all), but We Were Liars blows them all out of the water. Dark, gripping, heartrending, and terrifyingly smart, this book grabs you from the first page--and will never let go." — Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark"Spectacular." —Lauren Myracle, author of Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us, and TTYL"A haunting, brilliant, beautiful book. This is E. Lockhart at her mind-blowing best." — Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don't Even Think About It and Gimme a Call"Beautiful and disturbing." —Justine Larbalestier"Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory." —Christian Science Monitor"A haunting psychological thriller." —The Guardian"This is a brilliant new novel by E. Lockhart. I've always adored a good generational drama and this is deeply fascinating reading and soaked in suspense. And the ending is utterly spooky." —Martin Short, including WE WERE LIARS in his top 3 books of 2014“We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book as tragic as it is interesting.” —USAToday.com, Must-Read Romances  “Utterly immersive story of family privilege, young love and insurmountable tragedy.” —Salisbury Post "The mystery driving the plot is a shocking punch in the face that will stay with you long after you finish." —Hypable.com. Hypable-Weekend Reading “There’s no preparing for the shocker of an ending.” —SLJ.com“This month marks the publication of another fine YA novel destined to extend beyond the teen set. ‘We Were Liars,’ by E. Lockhart is quite simply amazing.” —The Missourian"This book has everything I want from a summer read: a gorgeous setting that I can imagine I'm vacationing in; flawed, unreliable, sometimes infuriating characters; and a twity-turny psychological mystery that is impossible to put down." —RookieMag.com"We Were Liars is amazing. I felt run over by it . . . .Emily has done something incredible here. —Paul O. Zelinsky “Goose bump-inducing.” —BuzzFeed.com, YA Novels to Watch Out for Spring 2014