Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

May 20, 2014 book review 4 ★★★

I received this book for free from Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Genres: Death & Dying, Family, Young Adult


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.

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart is one of those books that has gotten a lot hype, and I mean a LOT, and not just right before the release date but seasons ahead of the release date. With that comes a lot of expectations. And from the way the majority of the interwebz were exploding about this book, it appeared that the expectations had been exceeded. There is a huge shocking ending, the writing is supposedly gorgeous, and a whole heck of a lot of people were left with one of those rare but coveted book hangovers. You all know what I’m talking about.

I must admit, and I’m not lying here, I wasn’t all that impressed. *gasp*

The writing was very well done. It took me about a chapter to get into it and appreciate E. Lockhart’s ability to storytell and invoke feelings without even seeming to try. It was lyrical, poetic, and yet effortless to read all the same. I really liked it!

The whole super shocking suspenseful ending that you’ll never see coming, however? Yeah, I figured the whole thing out by 16%. That was roughly 25 minutes of starting the book and I had already known exactly what was going to happen and for the most part, why. There were some details I obviously didn’t have yet at 16% but I had guessed enough. Needless to say, I was so incredibly sad when I got to this huge ending because I was expecting something earth shattering and was looking forward to my reactions that would flood twitter. But since I had the whole thing solved so early, that didn’t happen. It was like waking up on Christmas when you are 5 years old and your parents say, “Sorry, no presents. You’re 5. Santa isn’t real.”

The overall plot of the novel I liked. The premise and the characters and the desire and urgency of the storyline was interesting and I did enjoy the journey I took with the other characters. But ultimately, I wasn’t wowed like everybody else. Kelly from Effortless Reading had the same reaction as I did, but I really think we are the only 2 in the bookish world who did. Would I read this again? Probably. If I had to do it all over again, I would have ignored the hype and not let that influence how saddened I was by figuring out the ending.

3 Thought Clouds
3 Thought Clouds
I received an ebook ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



4 Responses to “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

  1. Brandi Kosiner

    I have heard a lot about this one and thought about picking up just because of the popularity, but it didn’t grab my attention. It does sound like its worth a read though

  2. Brittersweet

    I will admit th hype nitis has me a bit hooked cause this wouldn’t typically be one I go for. Im gonna take my expectations down a bit :-))

  3. Zoe N.

    This certainly has gotten an awful lot of hype, eh? I personally LOVED it, but I’m sorry that it didn’t quite live up to the hype for you, but I’m glad you enjoyed it overall! I’m still trying to figure out how you predicted that ending…I could have never predicted that for the life of me!

    Nonetheless, thanks for sharing Christine, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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