Mon, April 28, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Review

We Were Liars book cover

We Were Liars book cover

We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Delacorte Press, 240 pages
Source: Publisher

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 a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

— Goodreads.com description

GOODNESS, if that isn’t a vague, intriguing description! But, it is sort of the type of book you do have to be vague about. So, to help, I won’t discuss the plot, but I will share my initial reactions after reading it, via a gchat with my friend Jamie!

Anna:
so. we were liars.

Jamie:
YEAH
Like or dislike??

Anna:
like
a lot
but not LOVE
like LOVED the writing
but i wasn’t as shocked as i wanted to be?
like
i knew there was a BIG SURPRISE
so i was just waiting for it
so when it came i was like “oh yep, there it is”
like i didn’t GUESS it
but i wasn’t was like…omg gasp
but her writing is lovely, as usual
very unexpected in terms of turns of phrase
i like that

HA! Stream-of-consciousness reviewing! We went on and on about it, but I will leave you with that. Jamie was in love with it (see her post here), but wasn’t expecting there to be a big “surprise” quite like I was.

I was sooooo expecting something huge from all the secrecy the publisher is putting around it that I think I psyched myself out and didn’t love the story as much as I wanted. Still, the writing? To die for!

Definitely a book that (as you can see) will make you want to find a friend and discuss!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Maddy @ Symphony of Words said:

    AAA, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Vague, indeed. Gosh, I need to know what this book is about!

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    Anna Reply:

    HAHAHA my vagueness and the book description’s vagueness have done what they’ve intended and piqued your interest, I see! Love it!

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  2. sarah/appifanie said:

    Loved it!

    Ambition and strong coffee.

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    Anna Reply:

    This is the type of book I would totally have expected you to love! I am definitely getting to know your taste 🙂

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    sarah/appifanie Reply:

    Woo! Setting things in New England is always a big plus 🙂

    It’s impressive that she managed to use clean, succinct language and yet be so descriptive.

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  3. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Hey review twin! Ditto to everything you said. Loved the writing, but wasn’t won over by the story. I guess it didn’t help that I figured out the “surprise” before that a-ha moment anyway.

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    Anna Reply:

    TWINSIESSSSSSSSSS

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  4. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    I just finished reading this one the other night. My reaction to it was… slightly over the top. I did NOT see the surprise coming and loved every second of seeing it. It definitely blew my expectations away. And as always e. lockart writes such beautiful stuff!

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    Anna Reply:

    HAHAHA I would have loved to see your face if your reaction was that over the top. I am imagining it and cracking up right now.

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  5. We Heart YA said:

    Glad you enjoyed this! You know, we loved it — http://www.weheartya.com/2014/03/the-truth-about-liars.html — but the hype machine is setting this up to disappoint some people. We hope it manages to avoid that, though, because it’s really a very clever and moving story. Doesn’t have the world-erupting impact of a Hunger Games or Harry Potter, but some stories can set off little earthquakes inside readers, and that’s more than enough.

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    Anna Reply:

    The Hype Machine = so troublesome, yeah? Still, I do love how everyone is sort of rallying to keep things a secret. That doesn’t always happen, and I appreciate that a lot of readers are keeping mum so they don’t totally ruin the fun. “Little earthquakes” = a beautiful way to put it.

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  6. Cassie said:

    I read it around the same time as Jamie, and there was no hype when I got it (back in November) so I wasn’t expecting anything. I’m excited people are excited about it, but I almost don’t want to get people too excited because then they won’t have the same amazing experience I had. Glad you liked it though! I love her writing so much in this book.

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    Anna Reply:

    It’s such a double-edged sword, right? Because you want hype and excitement so people get pumped to read it. But then, it also changes your reading experience. I definitely struggle with how me and this blog fit into that. Regardless: The writing = gorgeous!!!

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  7. Sue said:

    Love this review! Adding the book to my goodreads shelf. Thank you

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    Anna Reply:

    Thanks, Sue!

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  8. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I just finished this book last night and I definitely think I was a victim of the hype monster. I did like it, but I didn’t LOVE it like everyone else did. So that was kinda disappointing. BUT I did really enjoy it. The ending shocked me. I did not see it coming at all. Oddly enough I think I was the one person that the writing style didn’t work for. I really struggled with it.

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  9. Alexa S. said:

    We had a very similar reaction to this book! I liked We Were Liars, and though the writing was pretty impressive. But it kind of underwhelmed me by the end.

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  10. kay said:

    The more reviews I see of this one, the more intrigued I am. Definitely need to put my hands on a copy now!

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