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#ZoellaBookClub Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Pages: 225
Publisher: Delacrote Press
Publish Date: May 13, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Mystery

Synopsis: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I hated this book. Here's why:


From page one, it was hella confusing. The author's writing style was unlike anything I had ever read before and that wasn't a good thing. I guess I'm a literal reader, and a lot of this book wasn't meant to be taken literally. 

The part that I remember most that confused the hell out of me was when Cadence's dad was leaving her mom and it said like her dad pulled out a gun and shot her in the chest. At first I was like, "OMG WTH?!?!" but then it was never mentioned again. So I was like did she actually get shot in the chest or what? 

The writing just made it confusing for me as a reader. 


The character development was probably the best part in the novel but I disliked most of the characters. The Liars were just ugh. I found them to be annoying and boring. Cadence was whiny most of the time. 

And when you get to the end of the novel, you'll come to found out that they are just your typical dumb teenagers. This book honestly proves why the legal drinking age should be 21. 

I don't really see the hype around this book. It was one of those books that made me super PO'd that I just had to finish it so I could rant about it in a review. I don't mind E. Lockhart as an author. I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks a LONG, LONG time ago. It was way better than this book. 

I'm just saying this book kinda sucks. 

The rich family just irritated me to no end. That's really just personal issues and doesn't really contain that much to the story. But everyone in the whole family just pissed me off. Especially the aunts. You don't get things handed to you in life; you have to work to get them. Also, they were always pitting everyone against each other and that's not how a family should be. 

The ending ruined it for me. 


It was actually picking up towards the end of the book. I was going to give it a higher rating but then that ending happened and I just hated the whole book. It was somewhat predictable. 

I cried when the dogs died. Like that was the only emotion I felt throughout the whole book. What kind of author kills off the dogs? It was incredibly sad. 

So I did not like We Were Liars. I'm kind of disappointed in Zoella because I had such high hopes for this book, especially if she recommended it. The writing was crappy just like the ending. Read it if you wish, but I have been seeing a lot of mixed feelings about this book. Personally, it sucked for me but that doesn't mean you won't like it. 


Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? 


About the Author

E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels. 

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4 comments

  1. I actually really loved this book, but I can see where you're coming from with the metaphors! Like you, I was really shocked when it said her dad shot her in the chest, and how her mom was reacting. But once I realised what was going on, I thought it was rather clever how the author incorporated such believable metaphors in places that I really wasn't expecting them!

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    1. It just didn't do anything for me. The metaphors were lost on me. I didn't understand them then, still don't.

      It's nice that you liked it though, what was your favorite part?
      -Kayl

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    2. Oh no! And that's such a hard question to answer, but I really liked the last scene with all of the Liars - they all seemed at peace with what had happened, and I thought it was a nice way to end the book!

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    3. I liked how it ended it nicely. Everything was wrapped up and everyone was excepting. Great choice!

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