Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA contemporary/mystery/thriller
Length: 240 pages
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Source: received for review (thanks, Allen and Unwin!!)
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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE
Despite what I’m going to say in this review, there is no doubt that you should definitely read this book.
Basically, I was VERY, VERY excited for this book, for many reasons.
1) Unreliable narrator
I love unreliable narrators. I don’t know why. I think I just like figuring out what actually happened.
2) Writing style
I’d read the first few chapters beforehand and I loved the style of writing – the descriptions and the utterly unique way of telling the story.
3) THE ENDING.
I wanted to know the ending!!! Everyone on Goodreads/Twitter was being so evasive and every. single. person was mind-blown by this ending.
4) Everyone else loved it
Almost all of my fellow Australian YA bloggers gave this book 4 or 5 stars. That is a VERY high standard, peoples!
I wanted to love this book so much
But alas, I am a black sheep. There were some parts I loved. I loved the writing style, which was very literary and very smart. Kind of detached in a way, but a…good way. I suppose.
I just had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters. The relationship Cadence had with Gat didn’t mean anything to me, whereas other reviewers have said how amazing that romance was. The style of writing, even though I loved it, made me feel distanced from the characters and the story.
Then there was the ending. Let me tell you about it.
Everyone lived happily ever after!
Well, not quite. But see? I lied! I did my duty! Um, yeah, I can’t say much about the ending, but it’s true what everyone says – there’s no way I saw that coming. At the same time, I was a little underwhelmed by it for some reason – it didn’t affect me the way it should have. I think I may be broken.
(or maybe I just have different reading tastes!)
This is a classic example of Black Sheep Syndrome. And that’s not the author’s fault, or the book’s fault. It’s that darn subjectivity again. Despite not loving it, I think it’s one I will reread someday just to see if my feelings have changed.
My rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties
Oh, and guess what? Allen and Unwin very kindly sent me two copies, so I have one to give away!!
Sorry international peeps, but this giveaway is for Aussies only (because postage is expensive, you know).
Conditions of entry:
– You must live in Australia (not Narnia or wherever you people come from)
– You must be over 13 (I’m not sure why, but everyone else seems to put this one on, so I might as well. If you know why, let me know in the comments!)
– Winners will be picked at random by my nifty little rafflecopter app.
– I am not responsible for the item being lost in the post or damaged (neither is Allen and Unwin)
– You must not cheat…because you will be disqualified (and I will be sad)
– Entries close on the 14th August
Enter using the link below!
^^^ That one!
Good luck with the giveaway everyone, and tell me…