We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Book Review

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Obtained: Purchased @ Toronto Book Fair
Pages: 225
Publish date: May 13, 2014
Rating: ★★★★

I know, I know. I’m really late to this party. We Were Liars came out in 2014, which wasn’t that long ago, but reviewers have been raving about it since it hit shelves. I don’t know why I put it off, but it was one of those that was always on my to-read list. Finally, I went to the Toronto International Book Fair and got a chance to meet E. Lockhart – and what better time to pick up a book than when you have a chance to get it signed? And let me tell you, the anticipation was worth it.

This is usually the part of the review where I give you a quick summary of the novel. But this time, you get nothing. Sorry, my faithful readers, but I did it and you can do it to. Going into the book knowing nothing about it is the best way to go in. It’s about a rich family who visits their island in the summer. That’s the crumb I’m giving you – my lie of omission.

We Were Liars is incredibly written. Lockhart pulled me into these characters’ lives and made me feel as though I was there. She created a mystery that had me trying to figure it out throughout my entire read. I’m usually pretty good at catching onto things and cracking codes before the authors intend, but when the end of this book hit me, I was baffled. To me, books are 50% enjoyment and 50% ending. If the ending is terrible, it ruins the entire thing. Liars did not disappoint.

Lockhart told me to lie about the book, so here it goes. We Were Liars was dreadful. The worst book I’ve ever read. I really hope you don’t read it.

…But please, do. It was amazing.

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