We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byE. Lockhart

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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

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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 bli...

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 Disreput...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 0.77 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038574126X

ISBN - 13:9780385741262

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting!! I was told by people to go into this book blindly, read nothing about it...just pick up the book and read. I was so happy I did because this book was so interesting, different and nothing like I have read before. I did not see the ending coming..some people didn't like it and I understand but I really liked the twist.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Intriguing Read This book was fairly confusing in the beginning, but as you go on it makes more and more sense. Other than that, this book had me feeling for the main character. From crying to smiling until my cheeks hurt, this was increasingly enjoyable. Get ready for mysterious and surprising twists!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how much I loved the mystery and suspense of the characters and the plot line. It was enjoyable and fascinating and i highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confusing but enjoyable Enjoyed this book, but it got confusing however it all made sense in the end.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay. I heard many good reviews and started reading the book with very high expectations but I just couldn't get into the story. I found the plot predictable and story cliche.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I felt the start of the book was a bit slow, but man, it picked up. I loved it, and the ending was intense.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CRAZY ENDING This book was one of the best I have ever read. The entire story was mysterious and intriguing, and the final pages were a complete plot twist that blew my mind (n the best way possible!) This book is like a dream, with its writing style and the unexpected ending. A MUST READ
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from expectations vs reality i had high expectations,,,it wasn't as good as i expected. However it is still worth reading.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! Didn't know what to expect when I first got this book but it was surprisingly good with a great plot and an ending that leaves you wanting more
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is amazing! I read this book not knowing what to expect, and the ending left me wanting more. So much more.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Be a little kinder" This is the first book i bought out of curiosity and just from the blurb. One of the few best choices i made. Love the story. Made my highschool English teacher to read this and he liked too
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! With an unexpected plot twist this book kept me guessing! I could not put it down and after I was done I could not stop thinking about it.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Y.A fiction I was reading this to review for students. I thought it was a good story and was enjoying but then it took a great twist and I loved it in the end. I recommend it not just for my students but also adult staff when they want a quicker read.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Really liked this book! It is a beautiful story, heartbreaking at times. I recommend it to any teenager as I think it is easy to relate to the main character's struggles. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fast read Easy to read, catchy, but not that amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This book had me hooked from the first line! And the end? Let's just say, it definitely wasn't expected!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty dank Pretty dank
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Unique Style After reading this book, my mind was blown. I was not expecting that, but wow it was good and very well written. Definite read!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twist Enjoyed this book a lot!! Already want to reread it.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meeh Not impress, I was expecting a little more. It is well written but since I guessed the end before getting to half of the book, I was a little disappointed..
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stil reeling after finishing this a long time ago! E. Lockhart has written a novel that I can honestly say is unlike anything I've ever written before. Full of twisted family dynamics, intense friendships, and plot twists that will leave you reeling, I can guarantee you will still be thinking about this book a long time after finishing it. Even knowing there were huge plot twists ahead, I was still not the slightest bit prepared for the ending, or the way it would honestly affect me. I completely loved this one!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The story is engaging and the characters are lovable, but its the ending. It will stay with you.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. The ending still makes me think months after reading this book. I'm so confused and I am so glad it read this. Sometimes it is nice to end a book that way just to let the reader write the ending. Wonderful beyond words. Highly recommended for any age, gender, anything!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it one of my facourite books ever
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow wow wow I read this quite some time ago and it's not one of my faves but it is truly hard to forget. I read a large amount of books but this one stays fresh in my mind, sometimes I think of it every now and again. Based on the summary or 'about this book' it is totally different from what you would expect. The ending is just wow. Didn't give it five starts because the main characters annoyed me sometimes and the writing was a bit confusing at some points. Overall I highly recommend. Wow.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mind Boggling I was not too into mystery books when I first picked this up, but the story was very compelling and was a real page turner. The ending will definitely surprise you but the plot and story itself up until the ending is also very engaging!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read over all a great read, the ending sucks you right in. There are a few points that are a bit confussing and unnessary in my opinion but over all a great book
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... This book was okay...it was the ending that sold me!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking! Could not believe the end! What a great story. The author has a very mysterious writing style, leaving you wanting more and more and more! It was a short read, so not much of a commitment if you live a busy lifestyle, but such a good payoff!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very interesting I finished this short read in a day and a bit. It's engaging and leaves readers a little confused for a while. You have to go back and reread a bit to understand what's going on. It's a new perspective and I liked it.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was very well written and had a great plot. The author uses repetition and recurring themes but rather than being redundant it was actually quite effective. I read it in 2 nights because the story had me hooked. The ending just left me in complete shock.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fave This is my favourite YA novel right now and I have read it so many times. I love it so much and it keeps me guessing every time because I always find something new to think about!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it, but the story felt a little thin and I would have loved some more depth and backstory. I enjoyed it, but the story felt a little thin and I would have loved some more depth and backstory.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A solid book with a twist This is the book where you want to go in without knowing anything. I didn't guess the twist, so I didn't think it was predictable or the authors gave too much away. I thought it was pretty entertaining enough. But I found it too short and I coudln't get into the writing style.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful read loved every chapter. #plumpoints
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't even finish Honestly, I did not enjoy this book at all. I couldn't even finish it. None of the characters felt realistic or compelling to me, and the writing style just felt like a little too much. I feel like I was reading a different book than the rest of these reviewers.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Crazy Twist The minute I started this book I couldn't put it down! It was amazingly written and I just really wanted to know what was wrong with Cadence. I think the main reason why it was so good was because it revolved around a mysterious family and their summers on an island. Each of the families had their own issues that many people can relate to. This is one of my favourite book's and I recommend everyone read it if they enjoy a twist
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confusing, but deep Read this book over a year ago, and the details won't leave my mind! E. Lockhart's writing style gave me the chills, and I can definitely see why it was ranked highly this summer!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. This book was amazing. It surprised me as I had pictured somewhat of a different story line when purchasing it but still I was glued to the story of the Sinclair family. The ending was shocking and heartbreaking. This book is a mystery, love story and a story of growth. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I was a little confused at the begining, but I kept reading and I`m so happy I did. This is one of the best writen books I`ve ever read. Cried at the end cause it was so good. Going to make all my freinds read it. Great for readers who liked P.S I still love you by Jenny Han and Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MADE ME CRY I cried at the end because it was sooo good and there is a big turn of events within the last 30 pages that just made the book so much better. I think of this book over and over again because there are so many questions that get answered at the ending and everything ties together beautifully. It left a big imprint on my life about choices and family.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cry at first i found this book okay and I wasn't gonna continue reading but thank god i did, the plot twist at the end destroyed me. It was so good omg
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down and while parts of it made me feel happy and excited and recall my own teenage years and family, a part of it made me feel horribly depressed as well. But the fact that it made me feel such strong emotions will cause me to re read it over and over in the future
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible I wish I could give this zero stars, but it's not an option. I'm an avid reader, and this book was a colossal waste of not only my money, but the time I spent reading it as well. I wish it were possible to unread a book.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't know I would love it this much! I needed a book to read on a trip and I ended up finishing it before I left, it took so many turns I wasn't expecting.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down. This is by far one of the best books I've ever read. I rode an a roller coaster made of emotions and loved it from start to finish. The books was beautifully written with an abundance of metaphors. The ending was by far from what I expected. I recommend going into this books knowing as little information as possible.
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! This is my favourite Teen Read. It really makes you think and I really enjoyed it right up until the very last page. I wish it could go on forever.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay novel I loved the begging and the middle of the book but I did not like the ending it did'int make all to much since and was hard to follow at time
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sucker punch. It started out slow, then the mystery started building leaving a sinking feeling in your gut like you're missing something. And then it punches you in the face. Really good read.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Liers A world of privilege challenged by bickering and greed. Three sisters are heir to the family fortune each one wanting their share and jealous of the others. With no male heirs the sister’s father is determined to leave the family fortune to the eldest grandchild. Each summer the sisters and their children gather on the family’s island near Martha’s Vineyard. It is here that the eldest children and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks become the Liers. Summer after summer the children grow up together. Then in summer fifteen everything comes to a head. The grandmother has died and the aunts are fighting. The eldest children have had enough and take matters into their own hands. Two summers later the eldest of Liers is back trying to recover her memories of that fateful summer. This is her story and her attempt to put the fragments of memory back together. What she finds is tragic and shocking. An interesting read investigating in its own way the mysteries of memory and recall after deep personal tragedy.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Lie! I really enjoyed this book. The title sets up the twists and turns, but the ending lives up to the premise. And what an ending it was! "Read it. And if anyone asks how it ends, just lie!" ;)
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! I liked it, and would suggest it. It's a fast read. I felt it dragged a bit at times and caught myself skimming a bit on some areas but like I said overall, it moved along nicely and is worth a read.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOO GOOD It is one of the best book I've read this summer and it gave me chills !
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Were Liars Lovely story, great characters! Easy read that holds interest and stirs emotion. I loved it and will definitely read more if E Lockhart.
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN AWHILE!!!! This must read novel is a must read!
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an ending! Through out the entire book you look through the main characters eyes only to the end of the book you have a complete understand, until you dont. Well let my say something, i cried and it was amazingly inspiring!
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I COULD READ IT 1000 TIMES DAY I bought this book by accident and when on a four hour flight home i had nothing to read so i decided to read this. from the minute i picked it up i didn't put it down. just by reading the first chapter i was interested and in love with book. i feel the book talks a lot about love and how people are pulled away from true love from a background a skin colour and a culture. i found it a great book and so vivid in detail that you would never suspect the way the ending was which brought me tears and made my heart tremble when she was figuring stuff out{ sorry to be vague don't want to spoil it}i feel like its a must read before you die!!!!!
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I COULD READ IT 1000 TIMES DAY I bought this book by accident and when on a four hour flight home i had nothing to read so i decided to read this. from the minute i picked it up i didn't put it down. just by reading the first chapter i was interested and in love with book. i feel the book talks a lot about love and how people are pulled away from true love from a background a skin colour and a culture. i found it a great book and so vivid in detail that you would never suspect the way the ending was which brought me tears and made my heart tremble when she was figuring stuff out{ sorry to be vague don't want to spoil it}i feel like its a must read before you die!!!!!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life The hype surrounding this book was unreal. All the bloggers and authors that read it early made it seem like they were part of this secret society. They knew the ending and reading this book was going to blow readers minds and well of course I needed to have my mind blown open. Although I don't think We Were Liars is the best book I've ever read, but I was pretty shocked when the truth and ending was revealed. Our narrator is Cady. Oldest Sinclair grandchild and heiress to the the Sinclair fortune. Cady is trying to piece together a mystery from two summers ago. A mystery involving her. All she remembers is being found washed up on the shore of her families island estate in her underwear. Now Cady's having flashbacks to previous summers spent on her families private island with her family and more importantly her two cousins, Johnny and Mirren and their friend Gat. The Liars. The Liars were inseparable. Their friendship and love is endearing. As their family starts to fall apart around them, they begin to grow and form their own opinions on what is right. The Sinclair family is all about appearance and some of the family mottos include pretending everything is alright. Well for all of this book, nothing is alright. Because of Cady's head injury she is a very unreliable narrator. You never know when to trust her. But that's what makes this story so raw and touching. Cady's life has fallen so far down that when she suddenly has a memory of her and the rest of The Liars you get a small thought that everything might be okay. Lockhart's writing is bloody fantastic. It's full of beauty and prose. It's deep and gives you all the feels. I am now collecting all her previous books. I needs them all!
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in Love I have never written a review for a book before. I felt like I had to for this one... If you're thinking of buying this book just do it. One of my favourites now! It will make you fall in love and break your heart all at the same time.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We loved this book Last summer I picked this book up from a charming bookstore on Lopez Island. It was a quick read. I had a hard time putting the book down and when I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking of it. My teen son and his friend too read the book - loved it - and found it hard to put down. Passed it onto my neighbours and they too enjoyed the book. Whenever I am in a bookstore and see someone browsing, I'll mention to them that "We were Liars" is a good read. In sum, a captivating summer read!
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The writing is amazing.. I couldn't put it down and ended up binge-reading it in one sitting. You get so lost in this book that you end up feeling as though you were in it. The end of a book has never been so captivating.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We were liars Wow, still processing! Good read, I could not put it down. I had to know how it ended. I will definately check out more of this authors work.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Why I couldn't put down? It was probably because of the fact that it was just that good. Fast paced, beautiful writing style, good plot and story, and the character descriptions were so well done I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. To the point, this book was an amazing mystery and it kept me guessing right to the very thrilling end.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down! An excellent read. Not long so it doesn't require too much commitment. And with the pace and suspense of the book, you will likely read it very quickly. Very unique writing style - current time mixed in with flashbacks or recollections, with a few anecdotal tales laced throughout. A fascinating read! Was very intrigued by the vague description associated with the book, but I think that is what made the book and ultimately its ending so enjoyable.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahh This book will kill you. I had trouble breathing when I finished it. Not a light and cute story at all, but it was a good book that I will remember. But if you want something cute and romantic, don't read this, it is very deep and sad.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with this book This book was absolutely incredible! It is a perfect summer read. It would be best to go into this book without knowing the plot. It makes the book so much better!
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We Were Astounded A few of my friends and I picked up this book and loved it! E.Lockhart has a unique writing style, similar to Jandy Nelson, that is beautiful. She cleverly weaved in a jaw dropping plot twist that shocked my friends and I and even had some of us in tears. There were no holes in the plot, although the Liars really didn't do too much lying at all. The biggest thing they did was- well, telling you would ruin the story, but it was BIG, and disastrous and horrible and good (only people who have read it will understand what I mean). The story is about a wealthy family, the Sinclairs, who live on a private island in the summer. The aunts are all fighting for the Boston house and the grandfather is quite manipulative and sinister. Cadence is falling for Gat, a family friend and one of the four Liars, and is very close with Mirren and Johnny, her cousins who are also part of the Liars. Everything is elegant and fancy and proper until one day, Cadence wakes up, naked, on the beach with no idea what happened and why no one will tell her. The way Cadence unfolds the truth about what really happened that summer is similar to the way Grace from Ally Carter's All Fall Down discovers how her mother really died, with flashbacks to that summer and in the end, the dreadful realization of the truth. Very well done! Good job E.Lockhart!
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from They lied Once upon a time there was a book who's synopsis was vague, the reviews were great and it was named a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. This was a suspense novel??? I kept waiting for the good part and ended the book a little short, ok a lot. This book wasn't a particularly long one but it certainly felt like one. The build-up to the climax was super slow and then it was over. This story is about four teenagers who spent all of their summers on a private island, something happens and then story is over. The end. I do have to say that it wasn't expecting the main outcome of the story but then again, it was so completely predictable. And the writing style is just like this. It was very choppy and for what seems to be no particular reason other than to annoy the reader. I think I almost preferred to read the once upon a time stories the main character Cadence tells then the actual story itself. I'm not sure how this novel received such rave reviews. I guess I missed the boat on that one.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from They lied Once upon a time there was a book who's synopsis was vague, the reviews were great and it was named a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. This was a suspense novel??? I kept waiting for the good part and ended the book a little short, ok a lot. This book wasn't a particularly long one but it certainly felt like one. The build-up to the climax was super slow and then it was over. This story is about four teenagers who spent all of their summers on a private island, something happens and then story is over. The end. I do have to say that it wasn't expecting the main outcome of the story but then again, it was so completely predictable. And the writing style is just like this. It was very choppy and for what seems to be no particular reason other than to annoy the reader. I think I almost preferred to read the once upon a time stories the main character Cadence tells then the actual story itself. I'm not sure how this novel received such rave reviews. I guess I missed the boat on that one.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it. I thought the book was kind of predictable. I still enjoyed the story and the characters. It was a good summer read.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Are Liars A tragedy happens to four close friends and as the story unfolds, you are caught off guard. It is skillfully told and leaves you reading fast so you can find out what happens next.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lockhart Virgin Seriously Impressed If I had the option of giving this book more than five stars, I would give it 50. Remarkable. I started and finished this in under six hours; I completely drowned myself in the plot and Ms. Lockhart had an inescapable grasp on me from the first page. Simply an incredible read, and the ending was as impressive as everyone said it was. It was everything as advertised and more. Wow.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from New This book was not the kind of book I would usually read and not at all what i had expected but it was still a beautiful story. Personally it was quite a tear jerker for myself
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't understand the hype I don't understand the hype, the buzz, or the great reviews this book has gotten. Based on a lack of description, the book is supposed to twist your head and make you think, but for me, this book bored me. The ending put everything into context, but it definitely doesn't make me question what really happened that summer. It's obvious by the ending. I was disappointed because I was waiting for some sort of story that would blow my mind.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful. a friend recommended this book to me, and I can not think of how to describe this book other then captivating, passionate and beautiful. there is no comparison to how this book made me feel with such a surprisingly tragic ending.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from awfull I didn't like the main character Cadence - disapointed
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! The book was truly captivating and beautiful. The ending deffinatly made me think.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book with a twist This book was amazing it was written perfect and you will never guess the ending ever. it makes you think back to how you should have known but you didnt
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok. It was a very fast short read. Not a mind blowing, life changing read. Was just interesting enough to hold my attention until the end.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review The book caused me to not want to put it down. Yrifhvufodocjgnvk Kruger height bright neurosurgeons gurus bright thing grudge Duffy
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not as expected boring book - waste of time
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book with invoking storytelling "We were Liars" is a great read. It takes on a ride through Cadence who suffers through ptsd like migraines after a horrible incident, she no longer remembers. E. Lockhart writing is amazing, it takes you back to when you were once a stupid teenager and all the horrific and loveable things your do and feel when your a teenager in love. This book is a must read! Great conclusion to a great book. - The only thing I personally would of liked was if the ending involved more of the family. I wished that they could of gotten together over the grief.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent storytelling This book is fantastic. I started reading and could not put it down. Excellent storytelling and imagery. I won't spoil anything here but it is worth reading.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good! Really good. Shocking, sad and unexpected ending.I loved it!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had higher expectations This book makes me doubt the validity of book reviews. The reviews for this book were very good and everyone raved about the ending. I Wont lie, it was a clever ending i didnt see coming. That said, im not sure i would have finished this book if i didnt know about the 'shocking' ending. I found the story slow and kind of boring, but there was an intriguing element to her piecing together her memory, I suppose. In the end, it was an ok quick read, but i dont agree with 5 star ratings at all. This is a YA novel so perhaps thats why i wasnt compelled to love it, who knows.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing and languid until the soul crushing ending! I found this whole book kind of mesmerizing. It lulled me like a hot summer day by the lake and then the ending held me under the water until I couldn't breathe! What a shocker and so incredibly sad. It was definitely an unexpected twist and I am glad that I hadn't read any spoilers to ruin it for me. As soon as I finished I wanted to read it again to see how I missed it! I listened to the audio version and it was very good. The narrator used distinct voices for each character and it really sucked me into their world and made me care about them. It only made the end more difficult to bear. Waaaaaaa! :(
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this YA Novel I fell in love with this novel. I found the writing beautiful, almost poetic in some parts of the story. This is one of the few novels I didn't get bored reading. I usually skip ahead to the last few pages to find out what happens, but I am so glad I didn't do that with this story, I would have ruined it for myself! This book shows how easy it is to be wrapped up in our own tragedies, and the shocking twist at the end sure threw me for a loop. I HIGHLY recommend this short, yet poetic read to all book lovers. I read this book in 2 hours.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very difficult read I bought this book over the summer and was really looking forward to reading because it sounded so good! But when I eventually had time to read it I found it very difficult to follow, and I have a high reading level. The beginning wasn't bad but right around the middle I lost all interest. The book was so boring, flat and bland that i didn't end up finishing it.
Date published: 2014-11-27
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 4 out of 5 by from Great read, if a little too short I really enjoyed how well constructed this book was. Every detail, every piece, was placed perfectly, pulling the reader along without fail to the ending. A very relatable, sympathetic narrator and just the right amount of intrigue background this very well-written piece of fiction--and, as other reviewers have noted, the ending is absolutely perfect.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complex and Suspenseful I really enjoyed this YA novel - it's a complex and suspenseful story of a wealthy family trying to repress their bad history. Cadence is determined to find out what her family is hiding, but what she discovers has a high price. Well-written and sophisticated, We Were Liars keeps you guessing until the end.
Date published: 2014-11-09
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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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