Saturday, February 15, 2014

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Disclaimer one: I read the advanced reader's copy of this book. This book comes out on May 13, 2014. There will inevitably be some minor differences between the ARC and the published version.

Disclaimer two: The book felt really familiar to me; almost like a Lifetime movie familiar. I went into this book knowing that there was going to be a big twist, so I watched carefully for clues. Because of that, I already had a strong suspicion of what the twist would be and grew a little exasperated waiting for it to finally be revealed/my suspicions to be confirmed. (My suspicions were confirmed and elaborated on awesomely by the by.) However, that did not make the read any less enjoyable as the book is well written and the characters charming.

With all of that in mind, an amazon summary, ""Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

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" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

This book is about Cadence Sinclair Eastman. The story begins by meeting present day Cadence (almost 18) who then begins to recount how her story got a bit warped (at age 15). She is the first grandchild of Harris Sinclair who is a very wealthy man; a man so wealthy he bought and island. On this island, he had a house built for himself and his wife (Tipper) and one for each of his daughters. The island is full of servants to keep the place running as well as the Sinclair family.

Harris Sinclair only had daughters and each of these daughters vie for the most love/attention/affection from their father in the hopes that they will inherit more money.

Now Cadence is friends with the other liars; Mirren, Johnny, and Johnny's friend Gat. Every summer they come to the island to have summer vacation together and essentially just enjoy the island.

Cadence and Gat begin to tread an uncertain path of becoming more than just friends....but that's as much as I can tell you without spoiling anything at all.

Now, the style of writing was very different. There was a lot of one line text broken up by paragraphs, the chapters were short and established a point, and the details of the setting were just enough to let you fill in the rest. I think the style of writing made it seem like a fast paced thriller, wherein reality if it was formatted as a normal story, it would probably be perceived to have a more plodding pace.


I was also rush reading it in the hopes of getting to the end to confirm my suspicions.

I will say that after I finished reading the books, I went back and reread certain portions of it to find that some of the mechanics of the explanation needed to be more fleshed out for me to make it to the point where I could believe it and be happy with that explanation.

For now it seems to be too far of a stretch for me to be comfortable with.

It was a good book overall though.

Happy reading!

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