ARC Review – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

16143347Title:  We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 / ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

River’s Review (4.5 Stars)

I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher and I’m writing this honest review to say thank you.

4.5 stars. Only because I didn’t cry and I was almost kinda sorta promised crying from the other reviews of this. But holy fuck. The ending. I saw it coming a page before it happened. Then I was just like ‘oh…’ and ALL. THE. FEELS. Only I didn’t cry. Maybe because when the dog trauma happened I was so numb from that that… I couldn’t? IDEK. But guys, yes. This book is beautiful and traumatic and I READ IT IN A DAY.

And the more I think about it and reflect on it, the more sad I get. Maybe I will cry after all…

Just read this.

Sam’s Review (5 Stars)

I read this in one sitting. Unless I am completely in love with what I am reading, I don’t do that very often. This review of We Were Liars isn’t going to be long because there’s so much packed into this very short book that I feel like if I gave anything away, it’d be a spoiler.

I will mention a few things about this book: the prose is stunning. It’s lyrical, clever, and it has this wonderful flow that whisks you through the narrative of this book. There are no likable people in this story, there are no deeds that do not go unpunished, and for every ounce of freedom, sometimes people have to pay a price. That’s what these characters represent and the issues each of them faces are beyond words.

This is a beautiful, messed up book. That is probably the best way to describe it. There are feelings thrown all over the place (dog feels no less!), and it’s a portrait of a very disturbing family and its situation that you can’t help but turn the pages, the book demanding more and more of your attention. The forward to this book is 100% right in a lot of what it sets the reader up for, but how heavy a lot of it is still feels so unexpected and hellish that you feel emotionally drained.

I loved this book, I cannot wait for it to release so that I can get a physical copy for my shelf, and seriously: just read it. There’s so much to this book that putting anymore of it into words means I’m ruining the experience for it. Read this book, and live a little through it.

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