She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.”
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Purchased from Kindle Store
Buy it: Here
A group of privileged teenagers meet every summer on their family's private island, each of them carry the burdens of their parents' expectation, the judgement of others, and their own personal tragedies. Things are different this year for Cadence, though. The previous year ended in mystery, hospitals and amnesia - and with the help of her cousins and the boy she is forbidden to love, she tries to piece Summer Fifteen together.
So general consensus on We Were Liars is "don't talk about We Were Liars"! What's a blogger to do?! Well, I'm going to talk about it, because its a book that deserves to be discussed - or else how will anyone know of its merits?! Plus, when I give a book 5 stars, I really really want to talk about it! Ha! Don't worry though, no spoilers ahead :)
So, what I really wanted to tell you about We Were Liars is how much I enjoyed the process of reading it! E Lockhart does something I think is quite brave - she writes in a very poetic style, employing repetition, half haikus, metaphor, allegory and much more into the head space of a troubled teen. In every sense this should not work. But oh, it does! It very much reminded me of a Donna Tartt-esque atmosphere; claustrophobic, aloof and lyrical.
I was whisked away by the language, finding it beautiful, haunting and introspective. We Were Liars is a dark tale of mystery and privilege and the sense of not-as-you'd-expect narrative fit perfectly. I'm sure there are quotes aplenty, and many character quirks soon to be adopted by fans (sentences over hands, anyone?!)
That said, the story behind We Were Liars felt a little bit weak in comparison to the grandeur with which it is written. This is not a negative though, I must point out. The story is well enough, but I wanted to be bowled over by substance as well as style and found it just shy of "OMG-AMAZING".
If you are looking for something a bit different in the field of YA, I cannot recommend We Were Liars enough to you. Take a chance and go with it, and I'm sure you will find it a rewarding experience.
We Were Liars is a book that captivated me from the start with its wonderful and experimental writing style that gave it uniqueness and character. However, it won't be for everyone due to this very reason. I did feel that the style itself carried a story that in parts was quite weak, but this was a minor blip in an otherwise brave and intriguing novel.