April 25, 2014 by Alice in Readerland
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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
An ARC of this title was given to me by the publisher, Random House/Delacorte soley in exchange for an honest review. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart will arrive in stores May 13th, 2014.
I knew We Were Liars was going to be a really unique book back when I got an ARC of it last fall and it came with a letter from the publisher’s vice president saying that knowing too much about the story would spoil it and, of course as it says in the synopsis, “If anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.” (Seriously, the letter was very cool.) So this is one of the funnest, trickiest, reviews I’ve ever written, because I really can’t tell you anything. I can just vaguely hint at things, smile, and say:
Spoilers! Sorry, sweetie. You’ve got to read it for yourself.
Here’s what I can say
* This is, hands down, the most unique book I have read all year.
* I’ve been a fan of E. Lockhart for some time now, so I’m still thrilled that there’s a new E. Lockhart book.
* The atmosphere in this book was amazing. The writing was poetic and eerie, with a strange sense of foreboding.
* This novel had so much suspense. It’s not a horror story, but the pacing felt like one.
* I think this story is definitely going to be a memorable standout for the whole year because I haven’t read another YA book quite like it before.
* This is one novel that won’t let you put it down because it just has so many questions throughout the whole thing.
* OOOHHH and there was this REALLY COOL PART where–
Oops. Almost gave something away. You’ll have to read it yourself.
Cynical Cindy Says
My one complaint about the story was that the marketing campaign for it was built around this big secret…and I guessed the secret fairly early on in the story. Then again, I tend to do that with a lot of mystery stories.
I’d tell you more, but, you know:
Have you read We Were Liars? What did you think of it? (Although, please, keep the comments spoiler-free!)