We Were Liars: Is this review a lie?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Book review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Everyone lies… But what are the lies and what is the truth in this book? You can’t know before reading until the end! We Were Liars is a story about family, love and of course lies. If something seems too perfect to be true, it’s probably one big lie. And before we continue this review any further it may be a good idea to mention that at the end of the book there’s a small note perfect for those who want to review the books:

“Need to talk about it? Don’t reveal the secret, just lie. #wewereliars

So, think hard before believing anything said in this review! (No, really I am not lying that much…)


Why did I read We Were Liars?

This book had been sitting on my shelf for over a year before I decided to finally give it a go. Why I hadn’t read it earlier? I have no idea. When I first saw it at a bookstore in sunny France, its name took my interest. Who were liars? Why were they liars? And why is the cover photo so bright and happy looking? The final blow that made me buy this book was the small red paper heart taped to the corner of the book. I still have no idea why this bookstore had decided to add heart to this book but in the end, it was that heart that made me pick out We Were Liars over all the other choices I had. You can still see this paper heart taped to my book.


The plot of We Were Liars:

“We are liars
We are beautiful and privileged
We are cracked and broken
A tale of love and romance
A tale of tragedy
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide”

This quote is from the book’s back cover. It really tells everything you have to know about the plot. Sinclair’s are a big family with money and privilege. They ate perfect, happy, beautiful and mysterious. Or at least that’s what they want you to think. Every summer grandparents, their three daughters, and their families go to an isolated island where they live in four beautiful houses. Four of the oldest children – three of them Sinclairs and one of them an outsider, friend, and almost half-brother – cause a lot of trouble and get the name Liars from their parents. This book tells about them, the liars.

The story is told by Cadence Sinclair who is the oldest of grandchildren of Sinclairs and also soon to be heiress for all of the fortunes her grandparents have collected. Cadence is also beautiful and mysterious like all Sinclairs. She loves to read. She is just perfect. And, of course, she is totally in love. Or at least she was all of that before she got sick. Now Cadence has black hair, she is giving her things to the people in need and she is starting to see their lifestyle in a totally new light. But one thing hasn’t changed… She is still totally in love.

“If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice,
you must give up living in palaces.”

I can’t say a lot about this book and its plot without giving away the meaning. Just start reading and you will solve all the mysteries behind this story. The story that starts with perfect summer holiday on the perfect island with even more perfect family. Soon it takes a darker turn towards the real story. What happened during that summer when Cadence got sick? Is everything like it seems to be? Unfortunately, you have to wait until the last pages to reveal all the mysteries.

“Better than chocolate, being with you last night.
Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate.”

My opinion:

I liked the idea this book had and truly wanted to fall in love with the story. However, something was missing and I never got into the story enough to fall in love. It was okay. It was short and quick to read. It was different than usual YA books. It just didn’t have that feeling you get when story hooks you and you can’t let the book out of your hands. After finishing the book I just felt okay. I didn’t miss the story, I didn’t want to read more about these characters and I just put it back to my shelf where it’s now waiting for someone else to read it. 

“Can I hold your hand?” he asked.
I put mine in his.
“The universe is seeming really huge right now,” he told me. “I need something to hold on to.”
“I’m here.”

Maybe I am just growing old? These young adult books don’t affect me as much anymore and it’s hard to find stories that will make me feel magical. I don’t want to criticise We Were Liars too much. Lockhart has done an amazing job. Every little detail and tip is one point.

Some people online are hating the way We Were Liars was written but I totally love that part of the book. It reminds me of my own writing style when I still used to write a lot more in Finnish. I should start writing more stories like this again… Lockhart has a style that repeats sentences, words, and parts of the text. Everything is a circle so you will always return to something you did read earlier. Everything has a meaning. Every word is important. It’s a mystery you want to solve.

I would have probably liked this book more if I wasn’t so good at reading between the lines. I already knew how it was going to end before finishing the first third of the book. If it had been surprise for me in the end or if I hadn’t felt so bad during my reading process maybe I had liked We Were Liars more. In the end, I recommend this book. It may not be the best thing you are going to read this year but it’s a quick read that fits perfectly for a warm summer day in the hammock or chilly winter evening wrapped up in blankets.

“Be a little kinder than you have to.
Never eat anything bigger than your ass
Do not accept an evil you can change
Always do what your afraid to do”

Have you read We Were Liars or any other books from E. Lockhart? Or would you see yourself reading a book from the point of view person who may not be telling the truth? Or maybe she is? Who knows what is the truth in this world! Like always all comments are welcome.

“I think an inspirational quote can get you through hard times.”

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