Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-05-13
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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Uh, how am I just now realizing I never wrote a review for this one?!?! I read it back in January and could not stop thinking about it! Honestly, that might have something to do with the delayed review. We Were Liars is definitely a book you need time to process!
What I loved most about this book was the many ways it kept me in suspense. It was one of those rare reading experiences where I was genuinely uncertain where things were going to go… and I loved that! Like, it wasn’t a “what the heck is this author doing?!?!” type of uncertainty. It was clearly the intent of the author to keep the reader engaged and thinking about the story. And oh what an incredible story it is! As I said, I read it back in January but it’s still one of my very favorites of the year.
I’ve heard numerous people throwing We Were Liars out there as a Printz contender. I agree 100%. The quality of the writing, the pacing of the story, the authenticity of the teen characters… the literary merit is there. I simply cannot say enough good things about it.
I know this review is very vague but you really don’t want to know more than the summary. Secrets, lies, romance… what more do you need to know? We Were Liars is a book best read “blind.” It’s one of those where you’ll just have to take my word for it! I find it to be an amazing and well crafted story. It’s one I won’t soon forget.