Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
My Rating: 4 stars
I actually ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would. There was a lull in the first half where I had to remind myself there was some supposed twist coming, but the rest of the book sucked me right in. The author’s writing style had some pros and some cons. I enjoyed how much feeling the words were able to evoke in me as I read and how real they made everything seem; I could feel the teenage angst and smell the salt from the ocean as the characters stood on the beach. On the other hand, it took me a little while to get used to the author saying things that weren’t meant to be taken literally. When Cady’s father “shot her in the chest” I was very surprised at the direction the book was taking, but then it was clarified that Cady was just saying this as an example of how badly he’d hurt her emotionally. And this happens all the time, especially when Cady is describing her head pain. “A truck is rolling over the bones of my neck and head. The vertebrae break, the brains pop and ooze. A thousand flashlights shine in my eyes.” Things like that.. But you get used to it eventually and it’s a small complaint for me.
“My full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.
I suffer migraines. I do not suffer fools.
I like a twist of meaning.
The chapters are relatively short and they jump around a little bit, so it was easy to fly though the book. It is a pretty short novel in general, and I was able to finish it in an afternoon. The main character is trying to figure out the truth behind something that happened, and things are slowly revealed to the reader as you progress, with a final big reveal towards the end. Family dynamics and how money can affect them is a big part of this story, and it was interesting to see the different ways each character handled different situations. I’ve had to deal with situations like this personally, and so for me it was something that I enjoyed being able to read about and connect with. The struggle of what money can do to a family, whether it is having too much or not enough, is a situation that a lot of people have had to face at one time or another, and it made the story relatable. If you can’t relate to the money aspect, a lot of readers will be able to relate to the “summer love” dynamic, and how people can pretend to be someone they’re not when they’re away from their normal everyday lives. I’m going to leave this review short so that things aren’t spoiled, but I would definitely recommend this if you’re in the mood for something short and with a twist, that also has solid writing and characters.