Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars
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 Title: We We Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Version Reviewed: eBook, ARC
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Oh, this book. I'm honestly not sure where to begin with this review because I literally just finished the book and my head is still reeling at the revelations brought to light by the ending.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read it. It just sounded like the type of book that I would enjoy though I, unfortunately, took forever to get to it.

In the beginning I didn't read any reviews for We Were Liars but as I began digging into the book, I honestly found it a bit lacking. Until about 50% of the way in, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Some parts seemed dragged out and it just seemed a little uneventful and unimpressive. Because of this, I decided to check out a few reviews and see if the book was worth continuing. I was pleasantly surprised by all the positive reviews, most boasting about the ending and how they didn't see it coming.

I'm glad that I decided to continue because what I felt about the book in the first half became completely flipped for the second half. I spent the remainder of the book not wanting to put it down and found myself completely caught up in the confusing, drama-filled, angsty world of the Sinclairs. I wanted, no needed to figure out what happened that night and why everything was the way it was. Why people treated Cadence the way they did and why everyone acted certain ways.

I'm not crazy about the particular style in which We Were Liars is written but, push that aside, and it's an absolutely beautiful book. It completely blew my mind and has left me in a funk that is going to take a bit to bring myself out of.

Rating: 4 Stars.

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