Review: We Were Liars | E. Lockhart


WE WERE LIARS | E. Lockhart


Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Ember

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.
True love.
The truth.”Review 3.1

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.


4.5 stars

7 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars | E. Lockhart

  1. Lovely review! I’m so, so happy this book didn’t disappoint you, there are so many mixed reviews about it out there, but personally I really adored it. It surprised me a lot and was so compelling! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! And yay! So happy you liked it too. I thought it was so interesting. I wonder what some other reviewers have said who weren’t really a fan. I shall investigate lol

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  2. Oh I am happy to see this book to be this good! Great review and thank you for giving me some more insight about it! An old friend told me the main character was annoying but it doesn’t seem like it haha I want to read this book and have seen an special hard cover edition here and there that seems too good xD

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    1. I’ll admit that it’s a little hard to connect with the main character. She’s a little off, but I’m thinking that might be the point? Anyhow, I’d be excited to see what you think about it once you pick it up! 😄

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