We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it.And if anyone asks you ho...

Details We Were Liars

TitleWe Were Liars
Release DateMay 13th, 2014
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Romance

Reviews We Were Liars

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a wee house in the woods.Once upon a time there were three billy goats who lived near a bridge.Once upon a time there were three soldiers, tramping together down the roads after the war.Once upon a time there were three little pigs.Once upon a time there were three brothers.No, this is it. This is the variation I want. It was a better coming of age than Catcher in the Rye, but I also thought Tw...
  • Lola
    This is the kind of book that, when I finish reading it, I’m like FINALLY and then throw the book out of the window (in this case not applicable because of digital copy so I'm doing it through a gif.) But really, what a weird story and an uncomfortable and pretentious atmosphere this We Were Liars book has. It wasn’t long, thank God, but damn it was painful to read. This is my 3rd negative review/read this week and I’m seriously pissed but ...
  • Ariel
    This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I have read in a really long time. Elements that made this book outstanding:1) It started with a map and a family tree. Talk about setting yourself up for success!2) The personification of emotion. This might not make sense unless you've read the book, but wow it was powerful.3) The use of fairy tales from the main character to describe situations.4) The sense of complete ...
  • Blythe
    sobbing. sobbing. sobbing. so much love for this book, and its perfect, perfect ending. i can't even capitalize right now. i don't even want to capitalize right now. in fetal position.sob. my souuuuul.
  • Emily May
    It's true what they're saying: you're better off if I tell you nothing about this book.So I will just say two things.1) It is worth reading. Even though I only gave it 3 stars.2) I gave it 3 stars because of the writing style, which irritated the hell out of me. The fact that it got 3 stars after annoying me so much will hopefully give you some indication of how much I liked the idea.It's a very clever book and an incredibly sophisticated piece o...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Tragic, yet hauntingly beautiful story.
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    It's been awhile since I have so totally hated a book. I'm surprised at how varied the feelings on here about this book are...some of my friends hated it. Some of them liked/loved it. I still love them....Let's get to why I hated this so very frigging much. The main character is a twit...but then the whole family is: Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.No one is a criminal.No one is an addict.No one is a failure.The Sinclairs are athletic, t...
  • Steph Sinclair
    I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I'd seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how otherstotally saw that twist coming. All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hot potato." That's not to say I didn't want to read this book, because I did. I...
  • karen
    so, just like Little Bee, this book begs you "NOOO, DON'T TELL ITS SEEEEKRITS!!" and if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.so part of me is tempted to write this whole long review about how this book is a magical adventure focusing on a young girl in manhattan during the blackout of 2003, when all the red pandas living in the sewers came out to play, carrying tiny flashlights and shepherding people from manhattan to their homes in the outer bo...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”We were warm and shivering,and young and ancient,and alive."When I began to read this book I went in completely blind and had absolutely no clue what it was about. The blurb on the back didn’t tell me anything about the plot and everything I knew was that “We Were Liars” had apparently won the YA Goodreads Choice Award in 2014. So yeah, I just decided to read it and hoped it would be good and looking at it in retrospective this actually ...
  • Miranda Reads
    Cadence and her family spend every summer on a private island, courtesy of her racist and classist grandfather. All of her aunts constantly vie for the grandfather's attention and favor (in an attempt to keep ahold of the family fortune).Cadence and her cousins consider themselves above such petty actions and spend most summers making trouble, being rich and taking advantage of the liquor bar. Then, two summers ago, something terrible and tragic ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *5 Stars*There’s not even a Scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now…This story left me defeated, but its tragedy was paired equally with an unconventional beauty. It gripped me instantly to the point where I couldn’t stop thinking about its mystery…Its intrigue. Its quiet calamity. The suspense is painted on rather thickly, which is not to say that readers will not form an accurate theory early on. But the journey remains worth it w...
  • Sana
    "Read it.And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." This book was great, you guys! I love the writing style. It wasn't confusing at all! It was totally not annoying! :) I loved the characters.They were so complexand not bland at all.They definitely didn't want to make me want to shoot myself in the head! :)I knew what was going on and I enjoyed this story a lot! The ending was just beautiful. Literally all I can ask for! :)I LOVE THIS SM I AM...
  • Nick
    ____________________________________________ “Be a little kinder than you have to.” ____________________________________________Okay so where to begin. I liked this book,you can see it by my rating, but I don't feel it ended right. I am not saying it was a bad ending, not at all, I enjoyed it, but there was no justice. ____________________________________________ “Do not accept an evil you can change.” ______________________________...
  • mark monday
    well this was all kinds of pointlessand also depressing. ugh! the writing is so manneredit is an affectationa studied display of real or pretended feeling.the whole book lacks affect;it lacks the real emotionthat it so desperately tries to conveyin its own affect-less way.the writer has talentsurebut here it is squandered.I like the premise, it's enticing;who doesn't want to read about the fragile cloistered lives of insular rich white peoplewho ...
  • Kierra
    I amLostAmongstMyEndlessTears
  • Christine Riccio
    that wasn't what i was expecting! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS YET, JUST JUMP INTO IT. It's better the less you know about it! I just posted my full booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uex... =)
  • jessica
    lets play two truths and a lie. ready? i will go first. - this book has an unreliable narrator and you cant trust anything she tells you. - this story has such deep secrets, even its secrets have secrets. - this novel has a twist that you wont see coming, but you will try to convince yourself that you did. think you got it?i can guarantee you dont.because the best lies are those based on truth.so read this book for yourself.maybe then you will ...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    I don't cry a lot but boy this had me sobbingI don't even know how to describe the feelings this story left me with. Just read it and you'll understand
  • Candace
    I went into 'We Were Liars' blind, for the most part. It had been sitting on my Audible shelf for so long that I had long-since forgotten what it was supposed to be about. Sometimes, I get it in my head that a book is going to be about something, when it absolutely has nothing to do with it. God only knows where I get these ideas, but I do. As a result, I often find myself being surprised by the content of the stories I read without re-reading th...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    First,I predict the ending after 25% of the novel..and Yes,I was right..It was a bit tedious after that, I mean I know everything..BUT..By the final 25 pages I cried like a baby..It's shameful crying, uncontrollable, unexpectedthough the whole thing wasExpected.Do you think I lie?..No..They Were..Not me..لازم أكتب بلغتي ﻷني مشحون، غاضب وحزينهذه الرواية ألمت قلبي، ولو أنها رواية عاد...
  • Charlotte May
    “Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.” Everyone warned me about the twist in this book! I did well not to get spoiled, as it was definitely a shock horror moment. A patriarch, his three daughters and their children summer every year on Beechwood Island, where each of the three daughters had a house for themselves and their children. They are all rich, well off and ignorant. The three oldest grandchildren and their family friend ...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    WARNING: This book is a liar and it will cause you to cry for the next three hours, it crushes souls and it severely destroy hearts. Proceed with caution.I spent the whole time sobbing. trying to catch my breath. then sobbing again.We Were Liars scarred me and Im broken way beyond repair. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.You can listen to my fanmix of We Were Liars on 8tracks.
  • Mary Christensen
    A really unfortunate novel by the author of the much better The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. A completely unconvincing twist in the last twenty pages resolves the mystery in a way that is both improbably gruesome and also lightly dismissed by the author. The real moral questions raised by the subject of the book, including racism, land ownership, inheritance, materialism, greed, and manipulation, are acted out in flat, white-hat/...
  • Giselle
    We Were Liars is an incredible, heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing, while not for everyone I'm sure, had me mesmerized. It's so different and poetic and full of carefully crafted imagery. It's a writing style that's really out of the box, you'll either love it or hate it. Me, I was thoroughly compelled. The plot itself is one you can't talk about or read about as you're bound to find out spoilers....
  • Regan
    I don't know what to rate this my brain is still digesting.
  • Emily Crowe
    Eh. This was not the book for me, which I was disappointed to discover after two book-friends and an admired blogger all raved about this one. If I had expected less, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but as it stands, it ticked a few boxes for my various readerly pet peeves:1) A first person narrator2) An unreliable narrator (This is not a spoiler. Read the title. And the narrator has amnesia.)3) The narrator has amnesia.4) In the last 30 p...
  • Kai
    “What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”I hard quite a hard time rating this book.Things I LovedThe title, the unreliable narrator, the wonderful writing style, the air of mystery, the unexpected twists and turns, the priviliged-wealthy-private-island setting, the fairytales.Things I Did Not LoveThe many names and characters. Ugh, it took me a while to figure out who was who inspite of the fa...
  • Kassidy
    I'm pretty disappointed in this one. To me, it was very predictable and underwhelming. However, I did really like atmosphere of the story, the characters, and the writing. Listening to it as an audiobook definitely enhanced the experience.