Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Read via: Library
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.
If you haven’t heard of this book yet, I would be immensely shocked. It is everywhere. This is pretty much why I ended up reading it. Several bloggers I follow on Twitter were raving about this book, and I was convinced I had to check it out. Honestly though , If I were to sum up my feelings for this in one word, it would be “disappointing.”
The premise is quite fascinating, and the author does a marvelous job of keeping the reader in suspense. The questions and secrets were definitely what kept me reading. I’m infinitely curious, and I hate not knowing the answers. I had to finish the book so I’d know what crazy twist everyone’s been going on about. In the end, I don’t know how I feel about the twist. It was not one of my initial theories, so I liked the fact that I was surprised. However, I felt that the ending was wrapped up too neatly after everything that happens.
Okay, so the characters were what really did not work for me. I am a character-driven reader in general, and this truly came into play here. I understand having unlikable, difficult characters, but these characters just came across as flat, lifeless. I didn’t even hate them as much as I felt they were apathetic. I did not care if a single one lived or died. I need an emotional connection with at least one character, and this book did not offer that at all.
Overall, I found We Were Liars to be an immense letdown especially after all the hype surrounding it. I did enjoy the aura of mystery that inhabits the story, but without an emotional connection with the characters, I couldn’t like this one. Obviously, some people have truly loved this book, but it was not for me and I couldn’t recommend it.
Overall: 2.7 out of 5