We Were Liars [Book Review]

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“Always do what you’re afraid to do.

I will prove myself strong when they think I am sick.
I will prove myself brave when they think I am weak.”
― E. LockhartWe Were Liars

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.
True love.
The truth.

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.

“The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.”
― E. LockhartWe Were Liars

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Quotes and book cover from Goodreads

Synopsis from the Random House of Canada Website

Being Honest with Yourself.

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

You make a decision when you’re eighteen going on nineteen. You’re stubborn, adamant, and you actually believe that you’re right. You try to find yourself by getting rid of everyone, and you do. You become relatively confident, you grow, you learn, you change. You become more self-assertive, passionate, and different. You’re happy with the person you’ve become and then BOOM, you realize there’s something missing. You feel an immense sense of guilt for the decision you made all those years ago. You know that there’s no turning back and guilt is useless but you decide on something new. You decide to allow changes to happen, to flow freely with whatever winds decide to pick you up and carry you, to stay true to yourself, and to trust in the idea that people come into your life for a reason.

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I’m sure you understand that this “You” is Me — I’m the girl with no regrets but the one above. Granted, back then it felt justified, I thought I would never know who I was if I was always with the same people. You are who you hang out with, right? Wrong. You are free to choose who you want to be. I think I was just looking for a fight, a rebel without a cause. How fast the years fly by, how naive and angry and shy was I. And so to right this wrong, my stubborn-mule tendencies have to dissolve. We’re all different people now, we’re grown up strangers, with a shared past, and all the time in the world to get to know each other again.

Love Always

Vanessa Xo