Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Now, I'm not sure why everyone thinks they have to be really ambiguous and mysterious about this book. I've watched and read a lot of reviews and honestly it made me think the book was completely different than it is. It's not mysterious and I'm not even sure why the group in this book is called liars.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is about a rich white family who vacations every summer on an island. The main character, Cadence (or Cady) and her cousins, Mirren and Johnny, spend each summer together with another boy, Gat. Gat is an outsider (the nephew of her aunt's boyfriend). The story follows the family and their rich, white people problems, and to be honest, I had a hard time connecting with any characters at all. Cady and her family are obviously privileged, her family argues about who is inheriting what. Cady and the bunch of "liars" go off and hang out, enjoying life together, which includes Cady and Gat falling for each other (of course).
At some point you start to realize things are just not... right. Something is off.
Then. The twist. The most shocking twist, a reveal so epic that I was taken completely offguard. I'm not going to reveal any spoilers, but suffice to say that I was left looking like this :O.
Now... This twist changes everything. You learn that the entire story has been told by an unreliable narrator. She suffered some sort of accident during her 15th summer and now her memory is completely messed up. It makes you want to go back and re-read everything to see if you can pick up the truth. Sidenote: this sounds like a spoiler, but it's not. You learn at the very beginning that Cady has been in an accident.
I love this concept of a narrator that you cannot trust. Normally, we can rely on the narrator for a voice of truth, but this book turned that on its head. As for the plot twist and the events that led to the accident, what the hell?! For those who haven't read it, be prepared to be shocked and completely pissed off at the stupidity of what happens in this book. Even though I was angry, I have to commend E.Lockhart for the brilliance of how much this story made me feel and how shocked I was at the plot.
I immediately I wanted to re-read this book just to see the clues after knowing how it turns out. I feel like they were all there, but you just don't realize it. You look back and go, OH... that! What?!
That's all I have to say about this book. Please let me know if you have read this and if not.... READ IT.