Monday, April 28, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

A fair warning to readers, this is one of those intriguing books where the less you know about the plot, the better.  You want to go into this one blind, so the summary is meant to be vague to avoid giving away any spoilers.

The wealthy Sinclair family, brings to mind the Kennedy family.  Old money and plenty of family feuds.  The Sinclair grandchildren-Mirren, Cady, and Johnny, along with Gat, Johnny's best friend, spend every summer on the island owned by their family off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. It becomes evident at the start of the novel that an accident occurred during the summer when Cady was fifteen that would change the course of her life. Cady starts experiencing debilitating migraines and suffers memory loss concerning the events leading up to and following the accident. Her family refuses to talk about the accident, repeating her doctor's mandate that it would be best if her memories surrounding that summer came back slowly on their own. After spending a summer abroad with her father, Cady is determined to return to the island and reconnect with her cousins the following summer.  Shortly after her arrival, she senses that something is amiss. Cady attempts to piece together the puzzle slowly over the course of the summer however nothing can prepare her for the heartbreaking truth that lies behind her shrouded memories.

We Were Liars is a clear departure from Lockhart's previous novels. It is cleverly written in lyrical, succinct phrases that successfully portray the deep emotions Cady experiences during her quest for answers and keeps the story moving at a quick pace. The narrative does not follow a chronological path, it is fragmented in much the same way as the prose, bouncing back and forth between two different summers.  Readers are let in on secrets slowly, which helped build tension that ultimately culminated in a powerful ending even the most perceptive of readers will not see coming.

We Were Liars is on order in the VBPL catalog so make sure you place a hold today.  While you are waiting, make sure you check out E. Lockhart's other teen novels.

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