Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review: We Were Liars

We Were LiarsAuthor: E. Lockhart
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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 Sinclairs are athletic, tall, and handsome. We are old-money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins square, and our tennis serves aggressive.

It doesn’t matter if divorce shreds the muscles of our hearts so that they will hardly beat without a struggle. It doesn’t matter if trust-fund money is running out; if credit card bills go unpaid on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter if there’s a cluster of pill bottles on the bedside table.

It tasted like salt and failure.

Wow! That is really all I can say about this book. The synopsis for this book was very vague and I am afraid that my review is going to have to be as well so as to not give anything away. The writing style in this book is something that I am not used to reading every day, and it will not be for everyone; I am just going to say that upfront. For me, however, this book was a nice change and a thrilling read!

This book is full of fairy tale twists. That’s right, I said fairy tales! There are many subtle hints of several fairy tales that are dispersed throughout the novel. This books reads like a fairy tale, and by that I mean that it feels a little dark and mysterious, and you might never get that from the cover of this book. I honestly thought this book would be contemporary fiction just based on the cover, but then when I started doing research I found that the book had bits and pieces of other famous fairy tales that we all know.

The cast of characters is large and very dynamic as well. Again, I cannot give away too much because I don’t want anything to be spoiled. I will tell you that in the beginning of the book there is a nice, informative family tree. I am such a sucker for family trees. I will say that it takes a little while to get the characters in order, but it was all worth it!

Trust me when I say that this book will not be for everyone, but if anything I have said so far interests then please give this book a try!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Delacorte Press in exchange for my honest review***

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