Book Review: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

YA books have the same trope — person A falls in love person B, they go through terrible things together, but end up having a good ending.

We Were Liars is definitely not your typical YA book. This book is gripping, fast-paced, and it makes you guess everything you’ve ever known. And I wish I were joking about how good this book is. I had to think about my life for 10 minutes when it ended because I had to question my own existence. We Were Liars is a must-read for 2017, you won’t want to put it down.

It’s surprising how much buzz this book generated. And I somehow missed out on it — and this book was released back in 2014. But once I got my hands on a copy, I read this overnight — I didn’t finish my assignments because this book destroyed my soul.

I cannot recommend this book enough — if you decide to read a book this year, make it this one. Emily Lockhart’s short chapters are fast — this is a writing style that adds to the plot and feel of this book. Cadence, the protagonist, is learning at the same time the reader is — Lockhart is constantly trying to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Synopsis: The Sinclair family is dominated by their appearances. Set over the course of several summers, Cadence Sinclair has to remember the details and events missing from her memory. Cadence has to rely on her friends, her family, and herself to find out what she’s forgetting.

We see this perfect, clean-cut family and, as the story progresses, that image is practically torn apart. We see these perfect, ethereal women — classic, rich women who play tennis over the summer — become normal, compulsive ones. And as we progress through the book, Lockhart ties the story back to fables and fairy tale characters. When we finally find out what happened, it’s shocking how the family is still trying to maintain their perfect reputations.

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