We Were Liars//e. lockhart


Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: May 14th, 2014

Pages: 242

Hello! I actually read this book a LONG time ago, but I re-read it all the time. When I wrote the review for this book a year ago, I hadn’t fully comprehended it. Here you have my slightly wittier and more polished version: Oh and the Deluxe Edition is being released this May!!



“We are Sinclairs.

No one is needy.

No one is wrong.

We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Perhaps that is all you need to know.

Except that some of us are liars.”

~e. lockhart, We Were Liars



This may sound strange, but despite that this is my absolute favorite book, I’ll won’t deny that it has it’s flaws of course. It’s not specifically the deaths that are chosen which bother me (I don’t really complain about those) but rather a character’s change of personality every so often.

The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.

If Gat weren’t in the story, I honestly don’t think this would be my favorite book. He literally holds the best character I’ve ever found in any novel. Cady doesn’t even deserve him, but you do have to acknowledge what she’s suffering from throughout most of the book, and not think “Cady’s an idiot. Why would anyone burn down their grandpa’s house?” You’ll recognize E. Lockhart’s  writing style as simplistic although soon you’ll have to give it some thought; it’s not the type of book you can necessarily mentally whiz through.

If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.

Cadence is often viewed as selfish, which leads to many poor ratings, and I know she is. But it’s bigger than that; you could look at the summary of the book and easily say it’s awful, but you have to comprehend the writing to enjoy it. Depending on how you look at it, this novel tends to have a love/hate reaction.

Do not accept an evil you can change.

Loved or hated it?


24 thoughts on “We Were Liars//e. lockhart

  1. I’ve heard soo much controversial opions about this book, that I feel like I’m too curious now to not read it… Your review definitely made me want to dive deeper into the story and the characters!
    love, elena


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  2. I’ve heard good and bad things about it, but I definitely want to read it. And omg Delacorte Press??? Sorry, I won a writing contest and one of the prizes was a review of my piece by that publishing company. I still haven’t gotten it back yet… XD And can I just say that Cady is such a pretty name??? XD

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  3. Lovely review Sarah! I’ve bought this one for my daughter a long time ago and now she’ll have to read it for school! Curious to hear her thoughts on this one 😉

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  4. Great review, Sarah! I read this book a couple years ago and I really enjoyed it! I totally understand what you mean about Cadence. I just published a review recently talking about how I enjoy not-so-perfect characters in my books. It makes things interesting. So what if Cadence is selfish? Ya know? It’s part of the story! And I loved it. Happy to see this review 🙂

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