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Part mystery, part contemporary and all excellent: we were liars

“We Were Liars”is a five star novel -it was absolutely amazing. I spent this summer passing this book by in many a bookstore before finally picking it up to read a few weeks ago. The plot follows a young girl, Cadence who spends her summer with her friends and cousins – “the liars” – on her grandfathers’ island.

The blurb reads:

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.

Unfortunately this is as much as I can reveal. Upon researching the book before buying it, the general consensus from booktubers and reviewers alike is: don’t give anything away. So I am going to tell you all to read it with a blank and open mind. To hint at anything would be to give too much away. While this novel may seem to just be about a rich girl on her holidays every summer, there is so much more to this story than meets the eye. It’s a real case of not judging a book by its cover.

What I can say is that this is not just a beautiful story, but a very well written one. I often find myself digging through the Young Adult genre and trying to weed out the over-hyped badly written ones. “We Were Liars”, however, is one to watch. The characterisation is brilliant; the writer succeeds in keeping everything under wraps until the perfect moment. From an English students’ perspective, I really enjoyed the style of writing of the novel. Lockhart uses metaphors that will have you rereading the paragraph to grasp “did that really happen?”Her novel inclusion of fairy tale passages is well done and didn’t bore me to the point of skipping them, something that usually happens with me. I must give a nod of approval to the map and family tree at the beginning of this book as it added that extra level of interest to those who are more visual.

This book has earned itself a National Book Award finalist spot and Printz Award honour, as well as climbing onto numerous recommended ‘Good Read’ lists. My favourite quote has to be, “Be a little kinder than you have to”.  Disclaimer: This book will make you cry by the end. The last time I cried over a book was when George Weasley died in Harry Potter…several years ago. You have been warned, but thankfully the entire book isn’t a sobbing mess. This young adult novel is part mystery, part contemporary, and all excellent.

For anyone who has already read the book after its summer success, there’s not even a scrabble word for how I feel right now. Enjoy!