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We Were Liars [Kindle Edition]

E. Lockhart
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1.Read this book. 2. On reaching the final page, you may experience an urgent need to read it all over again. 3. Check your friends have read it. 4. NOW YOU ARE FREE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT IT ENDLESSLY

Winner of Goodreads Best Young Adult Fiction Book 2014

'E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. 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

"Haunting, sophisticated." -THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Bowl-you-over." -COSMOPOLITAN
"So freaking good." -SARAH DESSEN
"Such beautiful writing." -LIBBA BRAY
"Beautiful and disturbing." -JUSTINE LARBALESTIER
"Better than the hype." -LAUREN OLIVER

We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

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E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. 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

A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real. --Scott Westerfield, author of UGLIES and LEVIATHAN

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. --Publishers Weekly Starred Review

About the Author

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 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. Visit her online at: or on Twitter: @elockhart

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting and gripping to the end. 9 Sept. 2015
After a mysterious accident turns beautiful, privileged but ultimately damaged Cady into a dazed, pill popping shadow of her former self, she returns to her family's island getaway in the company of her fellow Liars, cousins Johnny and Mirren and handsome family friend Gat, in attempt to understand the truth about what happened, what she has become and what the destructive quartet have done.

I don't know if I would have picked up We Were Liars were it not for some stellar recommendations from the #ukyachat group on Twitter. Stories about poor little rich kids aren't usually my cup of tea, but I gave it a go anyway. And I'm so glad I did. We Were Liars is a hauntingly beautiful book, written from the point of view of sullen, spoiled teenager Cady Sinclair. After an accident she cannot recall, she spends much of her time dosed up on pills. As a result, what we end up with a sullen, unreliable narrator as she reunites at her childhood island getaway with her fellow Liars and partners in crime; cousins Johnny and Mirren and family friend Gat, who Cady may or may not be in love with. There are plenty of questions: What happened that fateful summer? Why do Cady's family refuse to speak of the accident? Why did none of her friends speak to her until now? There are no immediate answers. Instead what follows is a story of nostalgia for days gone by, young love/hopeless infatuation and the grim facade of real people behind seemingly privileged lives, one that on many levels is instantly relatable to anyone who has felt that yearning for carefree days that you thought would go on forever. Reading this book in the park under the first falling autumn leaves (damn your British summertime!
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97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Were Liars 17 May 2014
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
We Were Liars is one of those books that I'm finding hard to review. There's so much swirling around in my head, and I'm tempted to just say READ NOW and leave it at that. I'm loathe to spoil even a page of it, so all I will say is that it's a beautifully written, haunting tale of friendship and love, truth and lies. It's quiet and it's loud but, ultimately, it's shocking and heartbreaking. I will say no more about the plot, so just grab a copy and get stuck in.

E. Lockhart's characters in We Were Liars are damaged, fun-loving, everyday teenagers with the added pressures of being from the well-known Sullivan family. They have complicated home lives, they struggle with identity and worry about their futures. Their summers are spent at an island with family, and that's where their lives are. That's where the four of them become the Liars - cousins and friends forever.

This book completely hooked me right from the beginning, making me read it all in one sitting and then leaving me reeling at the end. I loved everyone and everything about this finely-crafted story, and it's easily a book that defies any one genre. YA readers will fall in love with it, but adults will too. It's a universal tale told with maturity and style, two qualities I'm sure all fans of E. Lockhart are only too familiar with.

We Were Liars is a brilliant, brilliant book that demands a second reading. It will make you gasp and possibly cry; it will break you and then sew you back together. It wasn't at all what I was expecting when I went into it, and I'm so grateful I knew nothing about it. Don't let anyone spoil this book for you, just read it and become immersed in what awaits you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is soooo interesting!!!! 13 Nov. 2014
By Sneha
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I know other feel same thing as me towards this book and find it a very interesting read. The author knows how to hook you in from the very first page. You instantly feel like you want to know what this book is about since the blurb doesn't give anything away. I find that to be a crucial element to fully enjoy this book, as most people (including me) will tell you that it is much better to go into this book without any information, whatsoever, as to what this book might be about. This book has so much elements to it, that it could be categorised into lots of genres, and this makes it so interesting because you, the reader, can interpret it in your own way.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop till I finished the book and found out what heck happened that summer. My mum was the same, when I gave her the book to read. We both finished it in one day and absolutely loved the book. E. Lockhart is now another favourite author of mine!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I have heard by almost everyone who has spoken about this book, that it is best to go into it knowing absolutely nothing about the story. I would agree so I won't give a synopsis in this review, I will just give my opinion, with as little spoilers as possible. You will get more out of this book by not knowing anything about it. I've also heard that people went one of two ways after reading this book - they either had a strong emotional reaction and loved the book, or like me, they were impressed with the story but didn't have an emotional reaction. If you haven't read the book yet, I would strongly recommend that you don't read the rest of the view and that you just go and read the book.

The characters in this book can be sorted into two groups. The older, shallow, selfish, manipulative group, otherwise known as the Parents and Grandfather, and the young, intelligent peace-keepers known as The Liars. I strongly disliked the older characters, turning on each other for money and the grandfather who manipulated his daughters against one another and encouraged this behaviour. The book needed these characters in order for the story to keep moving and to make sense, but I really disliked them as people and couldn't understand why they were the way they were. The story was a perfect mystery - I never saw the twist coming, although I've read a few reviews where people guessed that it could have been one possible explanation. It would be interesting to reread the book again now, after knowing the ending to see how all of the pieces fit together so I'm sure at some point in the future, I will be doing that. I couldn't write a review without commenting briefly on the writing style - I've never read metaphors that literally made me question whether or not something really happened.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I suppose it would have been ok if I didn't get the twist when I was...
Gutted that this was my choice for book club. How did so many people love it????? Just no fun reading with the ending already in mind. Boo.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. Terribly cliche
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I had worked out the book 22 pages in and I only finished to confirm what I already knew. I don't really understand the hype around the book, and I can't believe that people... Read more
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