Thursday 12 May 2022

Book Review | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | prettylittlewriter

‘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.’

This is a reread as I previously read We Were Liars around three years ago, and even upon a second read it has managed to shock and impress me! 

E Lockhart has managed to create a wonderful and jaw-dropping novel which kept me reading until the early hours of the morning to finish it!


Cadence was a great character, and I was constantly rooting for her and Gat to be together, they seemed to be made for each other!

Lockhart also personified a lot of Cadence’s emotions, which was just incredible; the descriptions of how powerful the headaches were was just brilliant.

I also loved the short chapters surrounding the fairy-tale stories, and how they intertwine with Cadence’s real life.


The Aunties, including Cadence’s mum, were absolutely awful characters, very entitled and very manipulative. I think the only characters I really liked were the Liars themselves.


Lockhart’s short snappy sentences throughout helped me blitz through the novel as it kept the chapters short which I always love (however it does always mean I end up reading way more than I planned and staying up late to do so!) The moment when all was revealed was perfectly done due to these short lines and even though I’ve previously read the book, I’d actually completely forgotten and was left with my mouth agape when it happened once again!


I would recommend going into this book blind, but if you are reading this review, and you love an intriguing mystery surrounding a group of friends that have a huge secret between them, then I highly recommend you read it!


5/5 stars

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