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We Were Liars [Kindle Edition]

E. Lockhart
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Book Description

'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

“Irresistible.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“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

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels, including WE WERE LIARS, THE BOYFRIEND LIST, FLY ON THE WALL and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS which 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: emilylockhart.com or on Twitter: @elockhart

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'So, @elockhart's new book WE WERE LIARS showed up the other day, and I ended up NOT GOING TO BED because WAS READING and OH MY GOD .', @MaureenJohnson

'A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.', Scott Westerfeld, 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

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Review

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: emilylockhart.com or on Twitter: @elockhart

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1067 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JWOJ8LM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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92 of 100 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
Format:Paperback
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 An exceptional and electrifying novel 22 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I think that this is the most difficult review that I have written to date for so many reasons.

I've read so many reviews of this book and have seen other reviewers stumble on this review for the same reason. I firmly believe that this book needs to be kept under a certain amount of wraps for it to have the right kind of impact on new readers and is why the synopsis of the books says what it says.....

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

The slightest hint of a spoiler would ruin this wonderfully written book for anyone who hasn't read it yet and I'm not going to be the one to do it so if this review is brief that that is the reason why.

What is there to love about this book?

There is absolutely nothing about this book that isn't to like. It's sharp and snarky, smart and funny, full of complete heartbreak. It keeps you on your toes throughout with no middle ground, its tense and atmospheric to the extreme, full of untapped emotion that captures the imagination and refuses to let go. This books is a pure immersive pleasure, it's all been pulled off with a aplomb that you rarely see in books, a sign of true brilliance!

Was there anything not so good?

Nope, not a thing as it's just perfect! The idea is brilliant, the characters are fascinating, the surroundings are beautiful and the writing is astounding. It's a gem!

Was it an interesting read?

It's completely fascinating and the fact that the book has such a hush hush reputation to it really helps as you know that there is an amazing secret in the pages somewhere but you have no idea what it is and where you'll find it which make it so tense to read.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word - WOW 18 May 2014
By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book just blew me away. I started reading it and couldn't put it down, just had to keep reading right to the end. It is the story of The Beautiful Sinclairs, and in particular Cadence Sinclair who joins her extended family for the summer on their own island. Two years ago Cadence suffered an accident on the island which has left her with huge gaps in her memory. Now she is returning for the first time and hoping that her family will help her fill in those gaps.

What follows is absolutely fantastic reading. It is a story which kept me gripped right to the end and as Cadence's memory starts returning I went through a whole range of emotions - surprise, shock, horror and grief. Then right at the end, when I finally knew everything I just wanted to start reading it all over again.

I deliberately haven't said anything about the characters or the plotline because it would be too easy to spoil the read for someone else. It is one of those books that, the less you know at the start, the more enjoyable the read. Just please take my word for it, give the book a try - and I really hope you feel as stunned at the end of the read as I did.

The product description says:

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"

And yes, yes, yes, just do it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, clever. 28 Nov. 2014
By Andrew D Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Intriguing.

And a difficult review to write without putting in spoilers. Let's just say this story is not what it appears and the author keeps that very well hidden until she decides to reveal it in the final quarter. To say anymore would spoil the surprise.

So, what did I think? This is many people's YA novel of 2014 and it is easy to see why. The writing is beautiful, simple, clean and, by turns, poetic and rhythmic. The first person POV is delivered faultlessly, keeping us looking over there when what is really happening is underway over here. Clever, clever. But...I'll come back to that but in a mo.

The story's protagonist is Cadence, a rich girl who suffers a terrible accident on a regular summer retreat to the island home where her family have spent June, July and August for generations. She is falling in love, beautifully, slowly and so, so intensely with Gat, an Indian boy who travels up to the island every summer too. The time-line of the narrative is choppy and episodic matching Cadence's flickering consciousness and recollection of events as a result of the head injury she suffers one summer. And it is this accident and what really happened that provides the intrigue. A whole summer is blank in her mind.

The story is laggardly, almost languid in places, because of course, it is not what it appears. We think it's about love and recovery from a tragic accident but it is about something else entirely, a volte-face in the story which casts everything that went before in a very different light. Like I said, clever, clever.

And this is where the but comes in. Because the story is a very beautifully constructed sleight-of-hand, not one thing or the other until that big reveal, nothing much happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not a middle aged man:)
I am the sort of person who has a top ten books. this book is the type of book that can't be placed in a top ten, because it cannot be simply classified as a book. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money!
It's this book intended for young teenagers? Surely it wasn't written for adults.
Utterly flat and predictable, I guessed the 'surprise ' very early on, it was all so... Read more
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I adored this book. Finished it in 2 days. And 2 weeks on I am still thinking about it, and wanting to read it again. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read....read in a day!
Great book....very cleverly written. I would recommend a read and will be looking out for E Lockhart books in the future
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A really engaging read - almost read in one sitting. Found the story and characters interesting and the family rifts credible, if superficial at times. Read more
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