Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Liars we wereA 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 by E. Lockhart is hyped because of its twist. I have seen this book being mentioned a couple of times. All I knew about it is that it has a shocking twist. Being the curious reader that I am, I had to read it and discover the twist.

This is the story of Cad, Gat, Johnny and Mirren. The four are friends, family who spend each summer together at a beautiful, secluded island. Their summers are fun, full of adventure and lots of beautiful memories are made. However, things change when an accident occurs.

Now, I started reading this book looking for the twist. This made it easy for me to see the signs and quickly guess what it was. I kept reading to find out whether I was right and yes, I was. Without the shocking twist, this was an easy, fairly captivating, quick, short read. I think what I liked was the cute romance that began on the island. I also liked the setting because I can’t resist a good beach story. The fairy tales used in the narrative were twisted and interesting.

I just wish that I had been blindsided by the twist then maybe I would have enjoyed this book much more than I did.

33 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. I really dislike it when books broadcast that there is a ‘shocking twist’ because it spoils the ending for me. Also, the ‘shocking twist’ oftentimes ends up either being meh or so out of place that it comes out of nowhere.

    1. I totally agree with you. The best kind of twists are the ones that you don’t even know are there. Its easy to guess the twist when you already know it is there.

  2. Lovely review! I love this book, but I read it without knowing there was a twist, so it was quite the surprise! 💜

    1. Thanks Kim. I am with you on this one. I had such high expectations because of all the hype but ended up being dissapointed especially by the twist.

  3. I like your honesty, Diana, it’s much appreciated. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, and it’s been quite buzzy. Glad that you read it and reviewed it. Love your review.

    1. This is one of those books that you either really like or dislike. It all depends on the twist I guess. Readers who were shocked by it, loved it. Those who weren’t, like me, ended up dissapointed by the book haha.

  4. It always sucks when you guess the twist. I read this book not knowing there would be one so I was pretty surprised. If I was in your position I probably would have guess it too!

    1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Charlotte. I think I read it after most people since it was released in 2014. It now appears in many lists of books with shocking twists. The twist is what made me want to read the book but in the end, knowing its there made it easy to guess 🙂

    1. I am with you on this one ChrissI. I had such high expectations but ended up not enjoying the book as much as I expected especially after I guessed the twist.

  5. I read this one. I felt like I figured out the twist early on, too. It was a good read, though. If you liked this one, you should try The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. Similar style of book, but I thought it was better than this one.

  6. Unfortunately I really didn’t like this one (one star even I think), because it wasn’t very surprising and I also had some issues with the very specific writing style that didn’t really work for me. I haven’t read anything else by this author since but I’m curious about Genuine Fraud and I might give her another chance in the end.

    1. I know what you mean about the writing. The chapters looked like verses and the order was all over the place. I think what kept me reading was the twist so It was dissapointing not being surprised by it 🙂

    1. This one wasn’t for me though I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying which is also YA. I recommend that one if you haven’t read it yet, Laila.

  7. Oh yes. That’s the one I saved to my tbr. The YA one with the cool cover, right? I’m glad you enjoyed that one. I hope I get to read it some time because I was enticed by your glowing review. ☺️

  8. I think it was the weird writing style that did it for me. I was like “wow this is soooo coool” the whole time i was reading it.
    I was ok with the twist, although it did leave me wondering how to interpret some stuff.
    Sorry you didn’t enjoy this. I can see how this would be annoying if i weren’t impressed with the strange prose.

    1. Thanks Norrie, glad that you enjoyed it. This one wasn’t for me. The writing didn’t bother me and I loved the setting. However, I might have been too focused on the twist hence the dissapointment.

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