Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart Review

We Were Liars By E. Lockhart
Realeased: May 13th, 2014
Published by: Delacorte Press
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 225
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

“They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn't play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing."


Before you scroll down and read my review of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, I recommend that you pick it up without knowing anything about it. That is exactly what I did and I honestly find it better to read a book this way. Jump in without even knowing an inkling of what may happen. All I knew was that it was a contemporary book and many people loved it. Even the synopsis on the back did not give away much. This book is very short and will not take long to finish, so I recommend reading it before you look at any reviews. If you do not want to go into this book blind then this is what I thought of it.


The Sinclairs are a very rich all-American family. They are all tall, blonde and gorgeous, but behind closed doors they are not all fine and dandy. Every summer the Sinclairs spend the summer on their private island just off the coast of Massachusetts. This story follows a young girl named Cadence or Cady, who was in a tragic accident during her fifteenth summer on the island and does not remember a thing. Throughout the book she tries to remember the details of summer fifteen with her two cousins Johnny and Mirren and their good friend Gat.

This contemporary novel is short, but it doesn't feel that way. E. Lockhart has this amazing writing style where she can fit a huge part of the story (that feels like 40 pages) into just four or five pages. This book is only 225 pages but it felt like 300-400 pages long. The style of writing is also very mysterious and keeps you guessing. Christine from polandbananasbooks (watch her review here) said this book had a Mara Dyer feel and I couldn't agree more. There is such a huge mystery that you are trying to solve and Lockhart's writing is so descriptive, but yet you cannot paint the entire picture. It is like you are trapped in a fog and you see lights in the distance but you can't make out what is ahead until its to late and the headlights are right in front of you and the car hits you smack in the face. That being said, it is not the normal lovey dovey contemporary. Though it does have some romance, the whole plot is about trying to solve this mystery of Cady and her memory loss.

The friendship between Cady, Johnny, Mirren and Gat is just so sweet and cute. The moments they share together are some of the best parts of the book for me. There is one part where they are all talking about their mottos and they are all giving very serious answers and Johnny just goes, "Never eat anything bigger than your ass." :)

I enjoyed this book a lot and rated it 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it. Contemporaries aren't usually my style, but this was like no other. It kept you in suspense and kept you looking for more and more. Plus I love this little note on the inside jacket cover. 

Let me know what you think!
Lee Chand


  1. I have seen this book pot up everywhere. Must read.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. My only question is, what were Gat and the others? The writing is beautiful and I marathoned this book for 7 hours reading and rereading the amazingness.

    1. I just got this book! I've just started!! So excited!

  3. I read this a while ago. I loved it!

  4. Yup this book required a marathon reading session!

  5. "Never eat anything bigger than your ass."- Hilarious quotes. I just burst out laughing ROTFL

  6. I haven't read this one yet, but plan to get it from my library soon. I've read a lot of positive reviews for it.