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.
First Sentence: Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.
Hi, my name is Kelly and my brain ruins books for me.
Let me start from the beginning. I’m sure everyone has heard of the book We Were Liars by now. You know, that really hyped up book where almost everybody said they loved? The book people said that had the shocking ending that they never saw coming? The book that has the motto “Lie about this book?” Yeah, that book. That same book didn’t impress me much. In fact, I’m rather disappointed.
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.
The Sinclairs are athletic, tall, and handsome. (3)
The first chapter or two of We Were Liars started off great – it got me curious, interested, and a bit invested in the book. However, the next hundred to two-hundred pages (which is about 85% of the book) or so bored me to death. I felt like I was reading a book about rich people problems like The Great Gatsby. Every single character was snobby except for the one single person who tries to explain why he doesn’t belong with the rich group. That was basically what the majority of We Were Liars was about – rich people facing their rich people image problems. (To be clear, by “image,” I’m not talking about eating disorders or anything like that, but the front and face they put out in society and how society views them.)
We are old-money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins square, and our tennis serves aggressive. (3)
When I first started reading We Were Liars, I was very tempted to peek at the ending, especially when I was starting to get bored of the book. I wanted to see if the ending everyone was talking about would shock me as much as it shocked them. However, once I actually reached the end of the book and read it, I was extremely disappointed because I totally saw that coming. In fact, I predicted the ending to We Were Liars at around thirty pages into the book or so when I was guessing what would happen at the end. My problem is that I read another book with a very similar ending to We Were Liars. (I won’t mention the other book because if you’ve read We Were Liars, you’ll know the spoiler for the other book and vice versa.) The other book’s ending shocked me, but this time when I was reading We Were Liars, I saw it coming.
We are Sinclairs.
No one is needy.
No one is wrong. (3)
The writing in We Were Liars also didn’t work for me. I found E. Lockhart’s writing style a bit confusing. Sometimes, at random intervals, she writes sentences like / this for/ no / reason at all, kind of like the way the summary is written, except she sometimes does it to a full sentence. Other people might get and appreciate her writing style, but I just didn’t get it.
Frankly, I don’t think We Were Liars deserves the hype it gets. If anything, I think the other book I’ve read with the similar ending deserves it a lot more than this one. But then again, I am one of the black sheeps for this book, so I’ll just walk off into the grassy meadow baa-ing.