WE WERE LIARS | E. Lockhart
Paperback: 320 pages
Publication Date: Reprint edition (May 29, 2018)
“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.
I was so happy to have picked this book up based on some reviews I had read! Going in, I had no idea what to expect and, thankfully, the book that I read was just as good as many reviewers said it would be.
We Were Liars proved to be an impactful, haunting tale told with poetic flourish. The entire book feels like a lyrical piece that could easily pass as an elongated free verse poem. Lockhart was very clever in her delivery. The plot is well-constructed and unique in its execution. And because of this, the twist at the end was truly shocking and unexpected.
The simple prose only aided the intensity of the tale that was being spun. Both the language and puzzle-like story structure packed a powerful and tragically immersive punch.
Interestingly, the characters are not the usual figures formed by personality. Instead, they seem to act as vibrant representatives of existentialism and emotional expression. No character is particularly likable, but they are understandable.
At its core, this book approaches the raw topics of suppressed emotion and memory in an odd yet truthful manner. Every moment feels weighted with meaning. Each word and revelation is both straightforward and conceptual.
All in all, We Were Liars is a meaningful descent into the trappings of grief and the lies we tell ourselves to alleviate the pain. Though not perfect because of the lack of character to attach oneself to, I thought this book was very compelling.