We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

80%

19 Critic Reviews

A devastating tale of greed and secrets springs from the summer that tore Cady’s life apart...Riveting, brutal and beautifully told.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.


"An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing."--New York Times Book Review

"No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is...[Lockhart's] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic."--The Chicago Tribune

 

About E. Lockhart

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E. Lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a National Book Award finalist and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and received a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Visit her at www.e-lockhart.com or check out her blog at www.theboyfriendlist.com.
 
Published May 13, 2014 by Delacorte Press. 242 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 17 2014

A devastating tale of greed and secrets springs from the summer that tore Cady’s life apart...Riveting, brutal and beautifully told.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 17 2014

Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Meg rosoff on May 09 2014

This is an ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing. In the end, however, its portrayal of a shattered family and the desperate consequences of silence and greed, feels oddly flat...Did I care how they lived or died? Probably not as much as I should have.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by bookoholic031 on Mar 14 2016

It is realistic and a thrilling coming of age novel which will make you think about these issues in the society without even realizing it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Roseleen Havana on Sep 08 2015

Wonderfully written and all-in-all so heart-grabbing, We Were Liars is the perfect mix between romance, daunting secrets and an amazing family summer that you’ll never forget.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SavsBooks29 on Sep 07 2015

Overall, I would recommend We Were Liars to anyone who enjoys suspense and poetic writing. It is also a really quick read so perfect for the holidays.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by lopysenior on Aug 28 2015

We We Liars is a psychological thriller that has many twists and turns: it will make people want to reread it to understand the clever plot of this fast paced book.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by smileyblondeee on Aug 11 2015

This book is so fantastic although it’s very hard to explain without giving it away! Let’s just say shocking would be an understatement.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Leonora Marlake on Aug 01 2015

I highly recommend humans of all age and preference to read this immaculate text as it is, in my humble opinion, the product of a changing society.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nava4 on Jun 14 2015

If you like the sound of a story filled with family secrets and mystery, with a dash of romance, then I really recommend giving it a go.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by PeppermintEllie on Dec 20 2014

If you enjoy dramatic, involving, thought provoking books, I guarantee this is the book for you. It will keep you thinking and leave you gasping for breath.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by XoXo, Bookworm_98 on Nov 03 2014

One of the BEST reads of 2014. To miss it would be criminal...From the very first word, Lockhart will have you ensnared you in her trap of words that are mystical, painful and beautiful...This story will keep you guessing till the very end, and even then, you won't be satisfied.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LottieLongshanks on Oct 09 2014

Set mainly on a holiday island in the United States this book is a gripping story about three generations of a family that is rich, successful and seemingly perfect in every way...The story is beautifully told and it is really haunting. You are motivated to read on because you know that something extraordinary is going to happen.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by boysreadbooks on Sep 18 2014

Lockhart tells this story perfectly through the perspective of the main character Cady, using a unique writing style, which compliments the plot perfectly...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Cara on Sep 07 2014

We Were Liars is a creation of pure beauty. But then tragedies often are beautiful, until the blisteringly bittersweet end. Yet, E. Lockhart does more than just tell the story of a fairytale gone wrong...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mazz24342 on Aug 18 2014

I managed to finish this book in a day as the main character Cadence Sinclair hooked me! She kept on mentioning her accident and I really wanted to know what is was about!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Josh Lacey on Jul 04 2014

This is a cunning, clever and absolutely gripping novel, full of surprises, which sent me straight back to its first page as soon as I reached the last.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Jan 16 2015

We Were Liars is an extremely quick read. I read it in a couple hours. I don’t feel like I wasted my time, but I also don’t know that I plan to pick up another Lockhart book.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Amy Benfer on Jun 05 2014

Plot-wise, this novel relies upon an explosive surprise ending. But philosophically it's a classic story of decaying aristocracy and the way that privilege can often hamstring more than help.

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