We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has blown up in the book world. All of a sudden everyone and their friend was talking about this little book. No one wanted to say what happened. No one wanted to give a synopsis. It fueled the fire like gasoline.
I came out with scars on my heart.
This book got to me. 5 out of 5.
If you did not know, We Were Liars is about Cadence Sinclair. She is from a rich and privileged family that goes to her grandparent's island every summer. Cadence, her two cousins, and the nephew of one of the aunt's boyfriends called themselves the liars. During the summer before they turned 16 something happened and two years later Cadence finally goes back to the island to find out what happened since she has no clear memory of the summer.
Best part of this book? The writing. Hands down. If this is just how Lockhart writes, they are going to very easily become a favorite author of mine. The book is beautiful. It slowly paints the picture of what happens with snippets that you digest like an addictive snack. Throughout the chapters there are moments of verse and vague poetic moments that are like the m&ms in the trail mix (the sweet part that you really look forward to).
There is a bit of young romance in the book, and I'm pretty indifferent to it. They are young characters and I think that is why it didn't really bother me that it was kind of unrealistic, so many 'first loves' are.
The characters and family dynamics in this book are what really make the book. Here is this girl who keeps being told to hide her feelings, while being a very sensitive child on the inside that just wants to stop holding it together. But to be a Sinclair, she has to be normal.
I definitely recommend this book to those who love reading something really beautiful. Don't think about the hype or what you don't know. Just go into it along with the character and discover the truth with her.