Sunday, 27 May 2018

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Be a little kinder than you have to.

I was looking for something light and easy to read and this book had been sitting on my shelf for a while now so I decided to bring it with me for my trip to Belgium and The Netherlands, hoping it would last me the whole week (it didn't). 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.

So what exactly is it about? It's a book about beautiful and distinguished family, the Sinclairs, and history. It's about a private island, where this family spends their summers every year, real estate and distorted, juvenile Marxist ideals. It's about a brilliant, damaged girl and a passionate, political boy, and a group of four cousins - the Liars - who've been inseparable all summer, every year, and whose friendship turns destructive. It's about memory loss, plain old loss, and recovery. It's about privilege and money, the way they can wrap people and rip families apart - and the drastic steps some self-righteous kids might take to free themselves of the tyranny of material possessions. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. Also, it has a plot twist. And another.

Have I convinced you yet? No? Here's 5 reasons why you should read it, then:

1 - The writing style
It's not very descriptive but it's poetic prose and it has a nice flow to it. It's very simple in a way you can follow everything and still be amazed but how it all comes together in a big picture. It's about feelings and sensations and you're not just reading a book, you're experiencing everything with the narator.

2 - Go in blind
I feel like the best experience with this book is when you go in blind (which is what I did). Don't try to search for a lot more of the plot because it'll ruin the whole book and the experience.

3 - It's small
So it's easy to go through it quickly and believe me, you'll want to do just that.

4 - You'll get invested
Cady is seventeen and she hit her head when she was swimming during summer, two years ago. She doesn't remember what caused it to happened and everyone in the family refuses to talk about what happened so this is her journey to finding out how did the accident happen. And you get to discover that with her, step by step! You'll become invested in the story and, everytime she finds out something new, you'll gasp with her! And, finally, you'll let out of your lips the final gasp when you read the final twist.

5 - It'll stick with you
You'll want to go back and reread it. Believe me, you'll think about it after you're done (whether you liked it or not). I'm crossing my fingers, hoping this will turn into a movie because I think it has a lot of potential!

So take home message? Just read it. Do yourself a favour and read it. You can order it on BookDepository with free shipping and then you can thank me and we can scream about the ending together! Oh, and if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE!

Do not accept an evil you can change.

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