I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press on May 13, 2014
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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it.And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
We Were Liars is the story of Cady, a girl who spends every summer on an island her grandfather owns with her three friends – Johnny, Gat and Mirren. She’s returned after not seeing them for two years because of an accident and amnesia. Something happened when they were 15 and she does not know what. Her friends won’t tell her the truth, but she starts to slowly remember.
I love the unfolding of this story, the way the narrator kept retelling the story of the king with his three daughters (in real life her mom and her two aunts) who are vying for the love of the king trying to earn what they think they deserve. In reality, the aunts are shoving their children forward as favorites and trying to claim a hold of an unclaimed island home, one of the most expensive. Beyond the island, none of the three daughters and their families are actually rich, but their father is and he is slowly getting older and losing his memory.
Cady explains this over time and with the way that the kids are parading around in front of the grandfather and harassed into spending time with him. Gat is not like the others as he is a family friend and is not a Sinclair – he’s a mixed race. There’s some pointed racism in the book and really when everything comes together the whole story is rather heartbreaking. Although Cady comes from privilege you feel for her and the constraints of being a “Sinclair”.
Overall, a fantastic read and one that will shock you at the end.