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We Were Liars by [Lockhart, E.]
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Review

"You re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending."
- Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

"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

"This mindblowing YA thriller from E. Lockhart will make you glad you're the 99 percent...And that's about all we can tell you when it comes to the story of 'We Were Liars, ' the book by E. Lockhart that everyone will be reading, and re-reading, this summer. It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off."
-Kat Rosenfield, MTV News

"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it s a doozy)...This is poised to be big."
-Booklist, starred review

"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. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told."
-Kirkus, starred review

"The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come."
-School Library Journal, starred review

"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn t, which is Lockhart s commendable triumph."
-The Horn Book, starred review

This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery Astonishing."
-Shelf Awareness, starred review

[a] haunting, sophisticated mystery...a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents
- The Wall Street Journal

Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel
- The New York Times Book Review
"A Lockhart YA is always a treat and this is no exception...The glimpse we get into a life of privilege, a lifestyle most of us can only imagine, is insightful and thrilling. The ending will shock the mose jaded of readers, we promise!"
-RT Book Reviews

"There's trouble in paradise at the opening of National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart's shattering yet ultimately hopeful YA novel . . . and neither family nor reader will ever be the same."
- Library Journal

"It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing."
- Bustle.com, 2014's Best YA Books

"No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars..... This book has that surprise quality--like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity--that makes readers scramble back through hungrily devoured chapters and wonder in admiration: Could I have seen this coming? Did I miss any clues?"--
Newsday

"Like a shard of glass, WE WERE LIARS glitters and shines, then cuts deep. E. Lockhart has truly outdone herself with this masterful, darkly mesmerizing portrait of a fractured family ruined by the excess of wealth. Humming with rich descriptions and razor-sharp intelligence, the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman will both inspire and haunt readers for years to come."
- Sarah Pitre, Forever Young Adult
"Perception often is not reality -- and it certainly is not in WE WERE LIARS. This is a look at what a perfect world looks like on the inside and how it unravels once one of the players sees it for what it is. Pitch perfect in both plotting and character development."
- Carol Fitzgerald, Book Reporter
"The must-read contemporary novel so far this year is definitely E. Lockhart s stellar We Were Liars, a rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten."
- Sonia Charaipotra, Parade
"A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real."
- Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Leviathan
"I've fallen in love with every E. Lockhart book I've ever read (and I've read them all), but We Were Liarsblows them all out of the water. Dark, gripping, heartrending, and terrifyingly smart, this book grabs you from the first page--and will never let go."
- Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark
"Spectacular."
- Lauren Myracle, author of Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us, and TTYL
"A haunting, brilliant, beautiful book. This is E. Lockhart at her mind-blowing best."

- Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don't Even Think About It and Gimme a Call
"Beautiful and disturbing."--Justine Larbalestier

"Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory." - Christian Science Monitor "A haunting psychological thriller."--The Guardian
"This is a brilliant new novel by E. Lockhart. I've always adored a good generational drama and this is deeply fascinating reading and soaked in suspense. And the ending is utterly spooky."--Martin Short, including WE WERE LIARS in his top 3 books of 2014
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book as tragic as it is interesting.
USAToday.com, Must-Read Romances
Utterly immersive story of family privilege, young love and insurmountable tragedy.
--Salisbury Post

"The mystery driving the plot is a shocking punch in the face that willstay with you long after you finish."--
Hypable.com. Hypable-Weekend Reading

There s no preparing for the shocker of an ending.
SLJ.com

This month marks the publication of another fine YA novel destined to extend beyond the teen set. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart is quite simply amazing.
The Missourian

"This book has everything I wantfrom a summer read: a gorgeous setting that I can imagine I'm vacationing in; flawed, unreliable, sometimes infuriating characters; and a twity-turny psychological mystery that is impossible to put down."--RookieMag.com
"We Were Liars is amazing. I felt run over by it . . . .Emily has done something incredible here.--Paul O. Zelinsky

Goose bump-inducing.
BuzzFeed.com, YA Novels to Watch Out for Spring 2014

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)

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. (Maureen Johnson)

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

A beautifully written page-turner ... When you've finished reading you'll be desperate to pass WE WERE LIARS on (Cosmopolitan)

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. (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)

This is a cunning, clever and absolutely gripping novel, full of surprises, which sent me straight back to its first page as soon as I reached the last. (The Guardian)

This is an ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing. (The New York Times)

Stylish, compelling and heartbreaking (...) I'm in awe of E. Lockhart's control and characterisation here (Liz Flanagan theguardian.com)

We Were Liars is a story about growing up. Finding yourself and loosing yourself. It's a dark story about the destructive power held by secrets, the damaging effects of a family trauma and the tragedy that can be caused by love (Lauren Molyneaux Live Ribble Valley, GOOD READ)

We Were Liars is a literary musing on young love, memory, coming-of-age, and tragedy with a deliciously twisty ending (Huffingtonpost.com)

Don't mind me, I'm just still crying about this book. I heard so much about We Were Liars in 2015, but sort of passed it off as your usual overly-dramatic young adult contemporary. I would like to formally apologise to this book for ever thinking that. This is a book of secrets, and it will kick you in the gut. It's a quick read so, please, just give it a try (Magic and Musings)

We Were Liars is a moving young adult novel with a twist so intese, you won't see it coming (teenvogue.com)

Love, mystery, amnesia, and a group of teenagers. What can we say about this? It'll leave you stunned (sugarscape.com)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1114 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 1,039 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read this novel over a couple of weeks and finished the last few chapters in one sitting. I loved it, without giving away too much about the plot, it's disturbing, engrossing, and extremely well written.
We hear Cadence's account of long idyllic summers spent on the Sinclair family's island, with her cousins the 'Liars', who stick together no matter what, through family dramas and fights over the inheritance but underneath it all Cadence is struggling to recall the lost memories of the accident that has left her with crippling migraines and even her band of Liars will only tell her so much.
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2.5 - 3 stars. I haven't decided yet which.

I found the style very grating, it wasn't a comfortable one for me at all. The way sentences were written across various lines and stuff...I didn't get it.

The story. Well, after the 30% mark I'd gotten used to how it was written and I was intrigued enough to stick with it until the end and I was surprised and also not. It reminded me a little of another book I'd read.

I don't think I'll be reading more of the authors work.
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So good. The writing is truly incredible and the plot line just blows you straight out of the water. I've honestly never read a book quite like this one. Its characters are very well fleshed out and feel perfectly realistic and the setting for the novel is quite honestly beautiful. I loved this book a lot.
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By Jayb on 8 April 2017
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I was enthralled with this story and all the characters. Loved every minute of this page turning plot. Could not put it dawn.
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By SH on 7 April 2017
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A well written and intriguing young adult fiction novel that is under appreciated.
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The story bowls along nicely until about three quarters of the way in when the plot starts to reveal itself. Still, the characters are interesting and it finishes strongly
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Can get a bit boring in the middle but is definitely worth finishing just so you can find out the mystery's conclusion. I'm truly stunned at what happened. So worth the read.
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One of my favourite books. Would recommend to everybody.
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