[eARC Review] We Were Liars

Monday, May 12, 2014

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC provided from publisher at OLA in exchange for an honest review

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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.

The hype monster is something that attacks only once in a while for me. Over the past few months I have been hearing AMAZING things about this book, and when I say amazing things i mean probably some of the best reviews I have ever read for a book. So when I got the chance to read this book I knew I would be in for a treat, but then everything fell apart and I think i payed attention too much to the hype and went in with unrealistic expectations.

There were a few things I did like while reading this book. The love story for one felt very real and very teenager-esque and adorable at times. I also really enjoyed the mystery behind the novel. We fond out early on that something happened to the main character and we do not know what it is, and we don't fond out until the very end, and I will say that I did not see it coming and I really did like the reveal because I think my mouth dropped open a bit. But unfortunately the reveal did not make up for my lack of interest in the rest of the book.

The writing style, I think, was the thing that bugged me the most. It is not the type of style I like to read because I fond that short sentences and evasive writing does not allow me to connect with the story of the characters for that matter. I think while reading I kept thinking, I don't really know who these characters are and I really do not get to know them at all because we only see them at their summer home, and honestly that is not who they really are.

I also found myself wondering when everything was going to happen while reading because when you read this book you will realize that nothing really happens. It is just the main character trying to decide what happened to her and her friends being evasive and not telling her. I also found that all the characters themselves to be caricatures of what people with money are like. I did not fell like they were real therefore I couldn't connect with them at all, which lowered my enjoyment of the story.

Overall I enjoyed the mystery and the end of the book but when i sit down and think about it I really did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted, and i am sad to say that I am on the other end of the spectrum. But that will not deter me from reading other things my E. Lockhart in the future!

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  1. This book has been getting such interesting reviews so far; readers either hate it or love it. A lot of readers mentioned the mystery, and I've got to admit, it's the reason I'm curious about this book. But it sounds more frustrating than anything. Oh well, I'll probably skip.