We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Cady (“Cadence Sinclair Eastman”) grows up spending summers on her grandfather’s private island. Her grandparents, mother, and aunts each have houses on Beechwood, so Cady relishes reuniting with her cousins each summer. She spends most of her time with Mirren, Johnny, and Gat, those closest to her age. While Mirren and Johnny are family, Cady’s aunt’s boyfriend’s nephew Gat visits Beechwood as an uneasy guest. In “Summer 15” (when Cady and cousins are 15 years old) Cady falls in love with Gat and then experiences a mysterious accident which forces her to leave the island. Following her accident, Cady suffers from amnesia and crippling migraines, and her school work and social life suffer. For “Summer 16” her dad takes her on a tour of Europe, and she returns to Beechwood in “Summer 17” to try to unravel the mystery of her accident and its effects on the Sinclair family.

    In the end, I found We Were Liars an entertaining page turner if a bit soap operaish. The cover praise from YA king John Green raised my expectations, and this book failed to live up to the hype. I liked Cady’s story, and the mystery of the uncertain narrator pulled me into the story, but the characters seemed a bit flat and tended to blur together (I still can’t tell you which aunt is which or who lives in which house). The references to Wuthering Heights raised my hopes, and I appreciated Gat’s class criticism of the blind arrogance of the 1%. I couldn’t bring myself to love this book, but other readers may fall for this beach read blend of Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl with a twist.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: Winger, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, Deadline, Eleanor & Park, I Am the Messenger, The Book Thief

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