REVIEW: WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART

 

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Publisher: Delacorte Press

Date Published: 13th May 2014

Pages: 225

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SYNOPSIS:

 

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.

 

WRITING STYLE:

 

The writing of this book is from the first person perspective of Cady. Cady is an unreliable narrator as she is suffering from headaches and amnesia. The plot of this book unravels slowly and I felt I really had to push myself sometimes to read. I really enjoyed that the author incorporated little fairytale-esque stories within the text that the reader can tie into the storyline.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

 

It was very interesting to see the character of Cady develop through the book and her perspective of her family shift as she regains her memory.

THEMES:

 

Secrets: There are secrets abound in this book. Due to Cady’s amnesia she has no idea what happened on the Summer when she was 15, two years ago. Eventually the truth does come to light and consequences ensue.

Family: The importance of family and familial relationships is explored within this book. There is a look at not only the relationship between Cady and her cousins, but Cady’s mother and her sisters and everyones relationship with the Patriarch of the family.

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS: 

 

PLOT TWIST!!!! I could see where the author was headed from about halfway through the book, but the way she got there was totally unexpected. I felt like a needed to focus when reading this book because the plot was slow moving for me.

However, I loved the ending. You’re questions are not entirely answered but it is something I don’t think I have seen done in a book before and definitely touched my heart.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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