We Were Liars Review

About the book:


Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, thriller, young adult

Goodreads 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.

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.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


Upon reading We Were Liars, I had read mixed reviews about it- some absolutely in love with it, and some absolutely despising it with a passion. I have to be honest- going into this book, I was so scared I’d hate it, and I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t, but nor did I LOVE it.

I am only going to give you a tiny synopsis for this book, because I agree with many that it’s safest to enter the book blind. Okay, so this revolves around Cadence, who was in an accident a couple summers earlier on a tiny island, where she’d lost some relatives. She remembers next to nothing about it, so she relies on her remaining relatives, nicknamed the “Liars,” to tell her what happened, but hence their nickname, they often lie, but Cadence is still determined to find the truth elsewhere.

I thought the characters of this book were only okay, which surprises me, considering the fact that I love Ruby Oliver, the protagonist of another book series by E. Lockhart. There were just a lot of characters in this book, thus I found it hard to keep track of all of them.

Our protagonist, Cadence, was pretty bland, if I do say so myself. There wasn’t too much structure to her, and if you were to ask me about her in a month from now, I probably couldn’t tell you much. Seriously, as I’m writing this, I only finished the book last night, and I could barely tell you anything about her now, so imagine in a month!

The plot seemed like it was flying all over the place, which just did not fancy me. It got confusing at times, too, but I feel like the ending was good at wrapping it all up. One thing I loved about this story was the writing; as always with Lockhart’s books. I loved how she experimented with a bunch of different styles, instead of just sticking to one!

All in all, We Were Liars was not my favourite book, but then again, I didn’t hate it. Some parts were very captivating, but others were simply blah. I’d recommend this to lovers of thrilling, deep stories who don’t mind a plot that is thrown all over the place, because I can assure you that you will like this book- notice how I said like.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


16 thoughts on “We Were Liars Review

  1. Awesome review! I too didn’t love nor hate this book and the ending really surprised and shocked me. Although I really like to be surprised with plot twists so that’s what I liked most about the book. 🙂

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  2. I just reviewed this on Sunday. While I really liked it, I can totally see what you mean. The characters were pretty flat and at times highly unlikeable. And yes, there were way too many characters between all the family members and everyone at that house. Totally agree. I was like aunt who? lol It took super long to even find out who was narrating the story. I really liked the ending. I was semi-surprised but also a little shocked. I also agree that it was sometimes difficult to figure out where you were in the story. Am I in the past or present? I had the same issues at times.

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  3. Great, well-balanced review. This is the second review that I have read this week and the other reviewer also mentioned about the confusion at the start caused by the number of characters. I struggle with books that have so many characters so I understand why this one may have been confusing. I am sorry the book didn’t work out for you.

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