Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review - 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart

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Synopsis (from Amazon) - 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.

Have you ever read a book that is so emotionally draining, poignant and thought provoking that you had to put it down for a minute and contemplate what you’ve just read? That is what I experienced reading this book.

First thing’s first; the writing. Lockhart’s prose is unlike anything I have ever read, utterly unique. I was blown away by the quality of the writing. Having said this, at first I found it difficult to get used to the writing style and Cadence’s voice, but it didn’t take long for me fall in love with it. Lockhart made some interesting stylistic choices. I liked the way she used, or rather didn’t use, capital letters and the way she used and experimented with sentence structure. Not only this, but the characters she has weaved are intricate and interesting. The four central characters are mostly likeable and I couldn’t help but get engrossed in their story and become invested in what was going to happen to them.

I have to admit, however, that I found the book somewhat slow at first. I just could not gauge where the plot was going. I suppose the novel had a lot of setting up to do; the characters, setting, the clues to further events. It wasn’t until the middle of the story that I was truly gripped; we started hearing more about Cady’s accident and we delved deeper into the Sinclair’s familial problems. This when I feel that the plot progressed and I saw what everything was building up to. For most of the book I was wondering where it going, what it was setting up, which I guess made it very unpredictable, because, wow, you do not see that ending coming at all! I loved that; I have never been so taken by surprise by an ending of a book before. I got to end of the book with tears in my eyes. I genuinely had to put the book down and take a moment to recover. Suffice to say I was just a little bit emotional.

Underlying it’s beautiful, if sad, exterior, lurks a dark underbelly of deception, familial politics, as well as other various issues that I won’t go into for fear of spoilers. This book is not one you can talk about too much without spoilers, just read it! Sorry this wasn’t the best review in the world, I had a hard time to write a review about a book like this without giving everything away, I just want as many people as possible to read this. Enjoy!

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