We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (YA Review)

Book Review, Young Adult Books
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart #YA | batchofbooks.com

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart #YA | batchofbooks.com

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Hardcover: 240 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition First Printing edition (May 13, 2014)


About We Were Liars

A New York Times Bestseller

“Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.”–Wall Street Journal

“A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.”–Parade.com

“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending.”
– Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

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.


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My Thoughts on We Were Liars

I’ve heard so much about this book since it was published, but everyone’s comments were vague. Everyone raved about how amazing the book is—without ever saying what the book is about. Well, here’s one more vague book review to add to the pile. But honestly, if I told you anything about the story, it would ruin it.

The book is about four friends. They call themselves Liars, and they spend every summer together. There is a mystery, some memories, and a beautiful, dysfunctional family.

I did not see the book ending the way it did. I was completely surprised, even though I expected a surprise. Ha!

I loved reading We Were Liars. The plot was incredible and I loved the way the author slowly peels back the layers of the story until the big secret is revealed. She keeps you in the dark until the last possible moment. It’s powerfully written and is not a story that I will forget anytime soon.

This is one of those books that you’ll either love or hate, but it’s worth reading. If you get a chance, pick it up. It’s not a long book, so you can easily get through it in one or two sittings.

Seriously, read it.

Content: language, including f-words.

Source: I borrowed this book from the library.


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  • Reply
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    December 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I just wrote a post the other day and mentioned how this book had fallen off my radar. I still want to pick it up at some point.

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      You should! It’s not a long book, so it won’t take more than a couple hours to read it. But it was SO worth the read.

  • Reply
    December 27, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I really enjoyed reading this book myself. While reading, I got a little bit impatient because the story is very slow and the plot twist doesn’t come right until the end. But after reading, the more I thought about the book, the more genius I realised it was. The author leaves so many hints and clues! I can’t believe I didn’t pick up on them D:

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I know, right? I enjoyed the slow pace of the story, but I definitely didn’t pick up on the clues until the very end. Then I had to go back and reread a few things to see if I read them right the first time. 😉

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