We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was on the list of books I could choose from to review from Random House of Canada. I didn’t choose it (I don’t remember why) and then I had heard so many things about it. Everyday on Twitter I saw that someone else was reading it, even my go-to book-people were reading it. So, when I was in Burlington and stopped by the cutest bookstore EVER, I picked up a copy.
In this novel is everything that I know to be true about love, friendship, bravery, stupidity, and adolescence. Cady, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat (he’s my Gat too), represent what it is like to be a teenager and Lockhart conveys their emotions and struggle with such conviction you feel like you know them all personally.
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.
We Were Liars is unlike any young adult novel that I’ve read. It’s exceptionally smart, it’s beyond suspenseful and the ending — it filled me with so many emotions I couldn’t help crying. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves YA, anyone who loves reading books filled with truth, anyone who wants to remember what it’s like to be 15 and in love, and anyone who wants to fall in love with a handful of new and exceptionally great characters.
Quotes and book cover from Goodreads
Synopsis from the Random House of Canada Website