Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 13th May 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Romance
We Were Liars had such a good premise and I delved into the story quickly, only surfacing when absolutely necessary. From the very first page, I could tell something was off about the story and man, is something off about the story. Every line I read felt chilly and strange, like something wasn’t right. And there are a lot of things that aren’t right. But for this book, that’s a good thing.
The writing style is sometimes choppy and seems almost thoughtless but so is Cadence, our eyes and ears. She walks us through her summer vacation on an island her family owns a house on. She’s privileged, spoiled and comes from big money. She’s also very theatrical when it comes to describing her emotions and her mind splitting migraines which she experiences constantly.
The story is haunting and thought provoking and plays with your emotions. You’ll pick up on things throughout the book that won’t add up and you may figure out the secrets before the ending, but however it plays out, I promise you that you’ll feel shaken up afterwards.
We Were Liars is a book full of metaphors but the metaphors tell a story and I believe that they really made the book what it is and without them, Cadence would be a very blasé character. To be honest, she kind of is but the reasons behind that become clear eventually. So despite the flat characters and occasionally irritating prose structure, I encourage you to go read this book and then make all of your friends read it because watching them in anguish throughout all 225 pages of it is incredibly fulfilling, I promise.