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Book Review – We Were Liars

WeWereLiarsJacketFinalWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I thought I was going to hate this book. Spoiled little rich girl goes to her family’s private island every summer of her life and behind the family lies secrets? I didn’t even think I’d care about them. I have to admit that at first I didn’t even know it was a mystery and once I started reading I had to keep going because I needed to know what this big secret was and I’m glad I did.

Cadence was well written and easily likable. The author’s unique way of using metaphors to describe how certain things affected her particularly caught my attention. I mean look at this quote. How can you not feel this?

“Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
my ears,
my mouth.
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps of the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.”

It made her more real to me and less like a spoiled, bratty, teenager. The fact that she was going through normal teenage experiences just like any other just made her that much more interesting to me.

The flow of this book was sort of choppy and weird however; it made the story somewhat poetic. Ms. Lockhart was really trying to get her point across and I think she nailed it. I’m also a fan of short chapters because I cannot stop mid-chapter.

As I was reading I felt like I was inside Cady’s head and I felt myself imagining I was her trying to piece together this tragic accident and summer via post it notes and random pieces of paper taped up on a wall? Seems insane and yet totally something I could see myself doing. I was there with Cady as this story unraveled and was completely shocked at the outcome. It’s always refreshing not to guess the story before the last page and with this I was absolutely surprised.

This is definitely a 4 star book for me. I am very glad I splurged and bought the hardcover for my bookshelf.