We Were Liars has to be one of the most talked about young adult novels of the past 10 years. I read review upon review of this book and almost every single one was filled with nothing but praise and lots of “you don’t want to miss it” ‘s. I was honestly so disappointed that I didn’t love it and frustrated because I couldn’t convince myself to.
One of the most important things that makes me really enjoy a book is being able to relate to the main character/s in some way, even if its something as simple as our favourite colour. With Cadence Sinclair, the main character and narrator of We Were Liars, I found we had nothing in common besides the fact that we are both female and teenagers. Not a whole lot to go on. It wasn’t until about 50 pages from the end of the book that I actually started to understand what was going on. I felt like the first 150 pages or so just blurred into one big, complicated mess in my head that I just couldn’t sort out. I got confused about the order in which some of the story was told and lost interest in the characters at points, because it felt like not much was happening and they were just, kind of, there.
However, when you finally get to the end of the book and everything slots into place, the ending will surprise and shock you like nothing else. I was completely not expecting what happened (though apparently in some synopsis’ other people read they thought it was quite obvious?) and, despite the confusing storyline and pretty bland characters, I gave the book 3 stars based on the mystery alone.
Author: E. Lockhart
Title: We Were Liars
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Published: May 2014
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆