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E. Lockhart
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15 May 2014
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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (15 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147140398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471403989
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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: emilylockhart.com or on Twitter: @elockhart

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and also the amazing price of 99p on Kindle 2 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase


Okay, backing up a bit here. I have never read anything by E. Lockhart. I was convinced into reading this by countless, countless recommendations on Twitter, and also the amazing price of 99p on Kindle. I blasted through the sample in about 5 minutes and immediately bought the whole book, and oh. Wow.


So what is this book about? Well, I am one of the first people to say that we hardly need any more books about rich white girls and their problems. Lockhart handles the topics of race and poverty delicately, acknowledging the characters’ privilege every step of the way while still reminding the reader that just because someone leads a privileged life, it doesn’t mean that their life is problem-free. Cadence Sinclair is one of those girls that has everything from the outside. Her family own a frigging island, for christ's sake. It seems like, before the accident (which we will come to in a moment), her life was charmed, and no-one could be blamed for a little eye-rolling about her main problem being that her mother (who she calls Mummy) is constantly fighting with her aunts about who gets the most money when their dad dies. I mean, come on. People are starving.

But Gat is introduced, and in this way Lockhart (I’m sorry, I just keep going all Gilderoy) teaches Cady, and the reader, to open their eyes a little wider and see what the Sinclair family looks like from the point of view of an outsider. Not only an outsider, but someone of a different race, background, and political viewpoint. I heard his frustration and his anger, and perhaps even his jealousy that all the Sinclair family had, they had because they were born into it.
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50 of 53 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, Read, Lie 19 May 2014
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word - WOW 18 May 2014
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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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.

And yes, yes, yes, just do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twists untold
An extremely well wrote book, with the best plot line I have read in years. Congratulations and thank you to the author
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An addictive well written book that will no doubt stay with me for days to come..
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it was a good summer read, certainly enough going on to keep me reading, and it was easy to read, a couple of days tops
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Fabulous story. Kept me gripped all the way through from the beginning. An usual style of writing which really worked for me. Highly recommended.
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