We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartI feel like I’m the last person in the book blogging world to have read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It was all the rage two summers ago, if I remember correctly. Some people loved it, some felt it was predictable, others merely jumped on one bandwagon or the other. It was kind of an ‘it’ book of the moment – one I knew I’d read, but maybe once all the hub-bub had died down.

We Were Liars is set at the holiday vacation place of a well to-do East Coast extended family. Yet there is something our protagonist, a 15 year old girl, can’t remember due to an accident the previous summer. And that is all I’m going to say about that.

We Were Liars is a young adult novel. A lot of people out there say that doesn’t make a difference, but it does. It shows in the writing quality. It also means I blew through the novel in a couple of hours, and sometimes that’s a good thing. There is also a twist that ‘everybody’ saw coming. I did not. It might be because I don’t read a lot of YA novels. I was surprised and it was a great twist.

Who would like this book? I read We Were Liars beside the pool in Tenerife and it was perfect for that type of situation. It was a quick read, unchallenging, but kept me turning the pages. It definitely reads as YA, despite of what people may say, but it is a fun lark. Kind of like watching a ridiculous teen movie – good for what it is. But I would hesitate to recommend it to a serious reader.

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