We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Hello fellow Booknerds, how’s it all going in your book worlds? So the book I’m reviewing today is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book on the internet, for me this is not the best thing for me, normally the book will then disappoint me. But this book wasn’t to bad and I definitely cried at the end. Asdfghjkl, That ENDING!!!


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.

Cadence a privileged member of the Sinclair Family, spends every summer with her cousins on their private island. On Summer Fifteen the holiday is going well, they’re having fun, swimming, thinking about the future. But then something happens, where Cadence is found half submersed in water on the beach in her underwear. Having hit her head she can no longer remember what happened that night and what happened to her. Nobody will look her in the eye and nobody will tell her what happened. What happened that night and why was it so bad?

If anyone asks you how it ends,

just LIE.


This book felt right, it was a short, mystery and contemporary, there’s not many of them in the bookselling market. That’s probably why it’s such a distinguished, prized book.

The characters did not feel right, I had no emotional connection to them which you need in a book, to invest you’re readers. There was a good connection with Gat, Johnny and Mirren but with Cadence she was just moaning all the time. This is probably to be expected by someone with a traumatic head injury but it was just constant unneeded moaning. This is coming from a teenager who moans a lot.

The writing was beautiful, it almost seemed like poetry or a ballad of some sorts. Her imagery is beautiful, lyrical, serene, painting such a vivid image in my head. The way she describes things is just…. well there are no words to describe them but she could probably find some. It was a short book but filled with so much, some of which could’ve been edited out, it was unnecessary. However some of her imagery was a bit confusing, at one point I remember reading that her father had taken a shotgun and shot her in the chest, upon leaving after her parents divorce. I was a bit shocked, however I then realized it was metaphorical, her father had left causing her immense pain, she bled out emotionally. However because of how it is phrased it sounds realistic and you can’t tell the distinction between the metaphor and the literal sense in which it is written.

Some perhaps MAJOR SPOILERS here, so if you’ve read it please read on, if not you can continue reading or can leave:

I got to the part entitled TRUTH. I didn’t know how this would mess with my brain, I did not know the sheer scale of the truth that was to be unveiled.

What would posses you to set your grandparents house on fire? I know they were a little drunk and they wanted to rebel, but couldn’t they think of anything else to do than set someplace alight. It was such a stupid idea. She told each of the cousins to go on a different floor, pour gasoline and newspaper on the floor and set it alight. Why?!? Each of her cousins, each of the LIARS, died because they couldn’t get out, she tried to save them but they were all trapped, she could only hear their desperate screams. Her first love, Gat, trapped up there, calling for her… 😦 She had gone down to the shore and stripped off, watching the house alight on the top of the cliff. She had hit her head and suffered brain damage, causing her to forget everything.

After this I was confused, hadn’t she been with Gat, Mirren and Johnny all that summer, talking to them? Then I realized that this is because of all the medication she was on, that was said to cause hallucinations. That’s why her mother had acted funny about her going to the beach, because she was going there and talking to herself. Why she didn’t understand why Mirren was not leaving the house and becoming ill and why Gat wouldn’t talk to her properly and let her love him. It all began to make sense.

My fave quotes:

“Do not accept an evil you can change.”
“Be a little kinder than you have to.”
“There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.”
“Always do what you’re afraid to do.”

Overall this book was a good read but no emotional connection to the main character dropped it down a few stars. I think everyone should read it just to see what they think. If you’ve read it, tell me what you thought in the comments,

I give this book 3.75 stars.

Thanks for reading 🙂


3 thoughts on “We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. I think you’re spot on with a lot of things in your review- it was hard to really connect with the characters (because the book is short and because they come from such a wealthy background-and because they’re also not-quite real) so I kind of felt like I was watching the whole story play out from a distance rather than being immersed in the story, if that makes sense? It’s beautifully written though, so much so that I agree with you, sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between the metaphors and what was actually happening.

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