What to say about We Were Liars? If you’ve looked into the book, you’ll have noticed that it’s difficult to talk about without giving away the story, but I’ll try my best.
The novel centres on the Sinclair family, a rich All American family with the looks and stock much desired by others. Every summer they meet on their own private island and pass the days with swimming, games and family meals. It all sounds ideal but if the thoughts of Cady, Gat, Johnny and Mirren are anything to go by the family isn’t as perfect as perceived.
I really loved the style of writing, with E.Lockhart making each chapter feel more like the passage of a poem. It’s thought provoking and romantic at the same time as focusing on characters that are materialistic, narrow minded, tragic and vitriolic.
There’s an incredible twist that I didn’t seem coming, but this only added to my enjoyment of the book. You may feel that it’s a bit flaky but please do stick with it as it’s worth it. I think the book could have been wrapped up a lot sooner, instead of overdoing it and providing some kind of resolve or closure at the end but it’s a small grumble about an otherwise great novel. I’d recommend this if you were looking for something a little different.
Star Rating out of 5: 4
‘He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.’