Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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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.

There is no doubt about it – We Were Liars is an incredible book. It’s very unique, but in no way less than absolutely amazing.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this book. I think it’s one of those you either love or hate – you either cry or feel angry. And honestly, I kind of see both points of view with that. This book could make you angry…but I am definitely one of those people that cried. And one of those people that absolutely adored this book.

E. Lockhart has a very specific writing style – she switches from poetic passages to verse, and I adored that. But don’t be put off if you’re not a poetry lover! I’ve read whole books in verse, and trust me, I just can’t get on with it.

But Emily found the perfect balance. It’s like little wishes, dreams, secrets, woven into the text and between the pages. It just enhances the book,and having just a few simple lines at the end of a few pages is perfect.

Which brings me onto the fact that I love the format of this book! It’s kind of set in chapters, but they’re only a few pages long. It’s great for me as I hate extra-long chapters. But they all flow so perfectly into one another, you could just keep reading for hours without noticing the pages flying by – much like with The 5th Wave, the pages just turn themselves.

I have two ‘warnings’ or pieces of advice for anyone wishing to read it.

  1. You’re going to have your heart ripped out, stamped on and cut into a million little pieces. You’ll be sat there with tears pouring down your cheeks, and you might want to hit something. In fact, you might even throw the book across the room. But that’s okay, that’s totally perfect. Because it means this book made you feel, it made you think. That’s what a book just like this should do. All of us need to feel the wet stain of tears on our cheeks sometimes…to remind us that we’re alive. (That said, I’m still glad my lovely friend was there right after I finished this book to perk me up again!)
  2. Go into it with absolutely no expectations. Don’t research it before or read any reviews, but go into it with an absolutely clear head and no thoughts about what is going to happen. The way to read this book is clear to me…you need to not think about anything except what’s happening right now. You need to feel involved…and then it’s perfect.

It’s hard to rate this book…it’s definitely set apart from most. But if I have to, it is up there.

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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9 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. I really appreciate your review! I, myself, did not enjoy this book. I tried really hard to like it, but I think, like you said, you either love it or hate it, and unfortunately I was on the other end of the spectrum as you. Your review really did help me to appreciate the book more, though! Thanks for writing 🙂

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  2. I’m with you on We Were Liars. Going in with zero expectations is good advice. It’s difficult to describe what emotions ran through me when I started catching onto what was happening. Horror maybe. For the most part, I also appreciated Lockhart’s poetic writing style.

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  3. I also read this in one sitting and totally agree that it’s best to go in blindly with this book. The writing in this book really was beautiful. I liked it, but I didn’t feel like I “clicked” with it as much as I sometimes do.

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