Published by Delacorte Press on May 13th 2014
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What happened that Summer? Why Can’t she remember? Why won’t anyone tell her what happened?
We Were Liars is a modern young adult suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. It was nominated by readers on Gooodreads as the best Young Adult Fiction book of 2014. It is also listed on NPR’s Concierge best books of 2014 list.
We Were Liars turned out to be a very fast read. It is a well written Young Adult novel with a mysterious tragedy. When I first started reading the book, I thought the Cadence, the narrator of the book, was mentally ill and everything was a figment of her imagination. She had been found curled up on the beach, bruised, and distraught. She spends the next few month recovering in the hospital and can’t remember anything. To add to her frustration, no one including her Mother and Doctors won’t tell her what happened to her.
As she returns to Beechwood Island, a couple of summers later, she tries to piece together what no one in her family will talk about. As the story unfolds, the reader is given glimpses into the summer when the “Liars”, consisting of Johnny, Gat, Mirren, and Cadence, are 15 years old. They come to a private island, Beechwood Island, off Martha’s Vineyard each year off the coast of Massachusetts with their families. Three of the teenagers (Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence) are privileged members of the prestigious Sinclair family; however, Gat is not a member of the spoiled Sinclair family, but a visiting friend. The teenagers form a close bond and spend all of their free time together. Then something tragic happens. Something that Cadence can’t remember. Something that affects not only her but her entire family.
I really enjoyed this book. It is about social class, love (family love and first love), loss, tragedy and friendship, I liked how it was told from the point of view of Cadence. The reader learns of events as Cadence is finally able to recall them.
A very fast read.