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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: 1154 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A short but not very interesting "mystery" 9 April 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I, like many other people, would recommend if you are looking to read this book go into it without knowing anything. So, don't read any further if you don't want to know the basics of this book.

We Were Liars is a short novel which follows the mystery of summer 15, following Cadence trying to remember what happened after her accident. I found there was very little plot in this book and I did find it difficult to relate to.

I knew that after the first 20% that this book wasn't for me. The book follows the 4 'Liars' aka the rich and spoilt who holiday in the same place every year. They were not likeable in the slightest.

Within the first few pages you are introduced to countless numbers of Sinclairs and I'll admit I found it very hard to keep up with all the names while remember who was who(thank goodness for the X-ray feature on Kindle for giving me a helping hand). I normally love books with short chapters but I think the structure of this book really let it down. Chapters were on average 2 or 3 pages long, so it felt very choppy and
don't get
me
started on the
writing style.
Find that annoying? This book is not for you.

I found the muddling of memories with the present fairly confusing, especially with the chapters cutting off midway through a memory. Also, there was times when I struggled to tell what was a metaphor and what was real life. For example, at the beginning of the book she describes being shot in the chest. That was just her describing her sudden mental pain.

The ending saved this book. When the truth was revealed everything made sense but it almost seemed a little too easy. All of my questions were answered in a split second with no further revelations to be made.
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96 of 105 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, Read, Lie 19 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I took part in the #LiarsLiveRead on Twitter and have storified my reactions here - [...]
To summarise, I think whether you work out what is going on or not you will enjoy this book.

A contemporary coming of age mystery - you know something is not quite right with the Sinclair family. The whole book contributes to this, layers of lies, fragmented prose, intense and dramatic metaphors, fairytale metaphors. As a writer I was mesmerised by the clever way the story was structured.

This book deserves more than one read and that's no lie.
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39 of 45 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.

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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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