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We Were Liars [Kindle Edition]

E. Lockhart
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (582 customer reviews)

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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

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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

“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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 956 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 (582 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 83 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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word - WOW 18 May 2014
By ElaineG TOP 50 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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21 of 23 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 19 Aug 2014
By Macey89 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the outside, they are the perfect family. Blond and tall with a strong chin and a strong tennis serve, they are the Sinclair’s and they stick together.

Since she was a child, Cadence Sinclair has spent every summer on her grandfather’s private island. Each year, she spends her days inseparable from her cousins, Mirren and Johnny, and Gat, the nephew of a family friend. Surrounded by boats, beaches and wealth, it seems like nothing will ever go wrong. But in the heat of the summer, tensions brew.

Now 17, Cady is recovering from an accident. But she has no recollection of the incident. In fact, she has very few memories of an entire summer spent on the island. With her family keeping secrets, Cady returns to the island in an attempt to uncover the truth about what really happened.

To say much more about the plot of this book would ruin it entirely for anyone that hasn’t already read it, which makes it quite hard to review! Over the course of the book, we're shown how Gat's friendship with the cousins and his presence on the island forces the family members to examine themselves from the outside. As they grow older, Cady, Mirren and Johnny gradually become aware of what the darker side of being a Sinclair entails, and what the family is willing to do to keep their positions.

There are quite clear parallels to King Lear drawn throughout the book, as Cady’s mother and aunts find themselves increasingly set against each other in a family controlled by a strong and powerful family patriarch. This comparison sets the scene for a tragedy that is inevitably building, but it still doesn’t prepare you for what’s coming.

This really was a really fantastic read. You can see the ending coming as Cady’s memories start to gradually return, but it still caught me by surprise. It’s heart wrenching and well written, full of hard hitting metaphors and cutting, self-deprecating observations. I would definitely recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe this book is great if you are young adult
Maybe this book is great if you are young adult, but personally I found it a very weak attempt. It rambled on about practically nothing for the first 60% of the book, then came a... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Seamus Moran
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, Slick and Strange
I picked up 'We Were Liars' because of John Green's glowing recommendation. Lockhart does occupy similar territory to that marked out by 'The Fault in Our Stars', with sassy... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Gerard Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice ending - recommended
Another very weird book that I'd struggle to surmise in a few sentences, but I definitely think it's worth a read. It's a well written book with an engaging narrator's voice. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ille13
3.0 out of 5 stars Very sad book.
We Were Liars is well-written and very readable but it is deeply disturbing and one is left feeling furiously angry with the main character which is not the ideal way to walk away... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sarah A Jefferies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
One of the best books I've read in a long time, couldn't put this down without giving anything away just read this book!!!
Published 4 days ago by HIJII
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
In my view we get too much of the same over and over however, the surprise is just about worth waiting for. Not sure my teen daughter would think so though.
Published 5 days ago by Samantha Whitham
4.0 out of 5 stars A real tear jerker
After reading the reviews I spent the whole book guessing what the ending could be. I never would of guessed it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Vk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read.
Published 6 days ago by iella lyons
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
the story was strong and pointed but I found all the imagery and poetic metaphors a little stifling, wonderful characters with a brilliantly sad twist ending
Published 8 days ago by Lyndsey Toyn
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