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Review: We Were Liars

May 1, 2015

We Were Liars

Cadence has spent just about every summer on a private island her family owns.  She spends most of her time with three other friends and the group affectionately calls themselves the Liars.  She was injured in some sort of accident there the summer she was fifteen.  She’s not sure what happened, though, and no one will talk about it so she returns to the island when she’s seventeen and tries to piece things together.

I’m sure most people have heard of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart since the book received a lot of buzz when it was published last year.  I decided to let the buzz die down a little bit before I read the book and I fear I didn’t wait long enough because, for me, it didn’t live up to the hype.

Cady grew up indulged as you would expect but has changed somewhat since her accident.  I could live with her faults, though, because she was such an interesting character.  I was intrigued by her life and was curious about her accident and wondered why no one would talk about it but I was somewhat disappointed in the ending – after all the hype, I was expecting more.

We Were Liars is well written and full of tension and most people have loved it but I thought it was good, but not great.  I’m glad I read it, though, and would definitely read more of Lockhart’s work.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

 

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 1, 2015 6:00 am

    One of those books I have been meaning to try.😂

  2. May 1, 2015 7:31 am

    I have this on my tbr list, but don’t know when I’ll get to it. Sorry you didn’t like it more.

  3. May 1, 2015 7:37 am

    Sorry it didn’t live up to the buzz.

  4. May 1, 2015 7:49 am

    I’ve read mixed reviews even from those who read this very early, especially about the ending, so you are probably not alone. I think I will probably have the same problems as well.

  5. May 1, 2015 7:55 am

    I recently read this one and I have to say it continues to haunt me. For about half of it, I listened to the audiobook, which I’d recommend. It does have a meandering, kind of dreamy style, but in the end it worked for me. My 15 year old listened to it and I wouldn’t recommend for any younger than that. It was a bit disturbing to her.

  6. May 1, 2015 8:19 am

    I feel like this one didn’t really live up to the hype either. I liked it when I read it, but was almost mad at it afterwards (and mad at myself for not seeing some things coming). To me, it had been done before. But, I think I gave it a pretty good review at the time I read it!

  7. May 1, 2015 9:25 am

    we were liars was highly recommended to me, and I pretty much felt the same way about it that you did. I liked it but definitely didn’t love it. I have read a number of YA’s that I did love, including The Princess of Las Pulgas, by C. Lee McKenzie. I don’t think, though, that I would read more Lockhart books. It just didn’t grab me enough.

  8. May 1, 2015 9:30 am

    Always a bummer when something doesn’t live up to the hype. I have the book TBR, but haven’t read a lot of reviews. I do enjoy books about people investigating secrets about themselves.
    Thanks for the visit today!

  9. May 1, 2015 11:11 am

    I don’t read much YA, but really enjoyed this one.. devoured it over a beautiful summer weekend last year.

    Still, it’s always a disappointment when books don’t live up to the hype or the reader’s expectations.

  10. May 1, 2015 11:46 am

    I agree. Good but not great.

  11. May 1, 2015 11:50 am

    My daughter loved this book. I plan on reading it, but not anytime soon. It sounds like a good book for summer reading.

  12. May 1, 2015 12:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, Kathy. 🙂

  13. May 1, 2015 1:32 pm

    You do make me curious to what happened

  14. May 1, 2015 1:37 pm

    I listened to We Were Liars on audio and liked it quite a bit that way. I think it was one of my favorites last year, even! But too bad you didn’t love it! Hype can definitely do that to you.

  15. May 1, 2015 2:04 pm

    I’m with you. It didn’t live up to the hype. I expected so much more and was left underwhelmed.

  16. Patty permalink
    May 1, 2015 3:03 pm

    I really was into this book…but I love books like this.

  17. May 1, 2015 3:47 pm

    I remember hearing all the buzz about this one, but I’m not sure I want to read this one.

  18. May 1, 2015 4:01 pm

    I read this right when it was first published so I had the benefit of going in with almost no expectations, and I really liked it. But I can see how it’s been over-hyped since then.

  19. May 1, 2015 10:54 pm

    I agree with you- this one was good, not great. Creepy though!

  20. the bookworm permalink
    May 3, 2015 11:26 am

    That’s too bad We Were Liars was somewhat of a letdown. Thanks for the honest thoughts.

  21. May 3, 2015 8:48 pm

    I am leery of books with so much hype, because I am usually let down too.

  22. May 4, 2015 6:07 pm

    I’ve been waiting to read this book too. Sometimes I think the hype colors my experience of reading the book. I’d rather start with a clean slate. Thanks for your honest review. I appreciate it.

  23. Literary Feline permalink
    May 5, 2015 5:42 pm

    I’ve read mixed reviews about this one, but am curious. It sounds interesting.

  24. May 6, 2015 8:54 am

    I did the same thing with this one… set it aside until the buzz dies down. I’m still hoping to like it when I get around to finally read it.

  25. May 6, 2015 2:56 pm

    I’ve been curious about this book. Thanks for your candid review.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2015 7:26 am

    I think I liked this one more than you did. Maybe the hype was just too strong!

  27. May 20, 2015 11:32 am

    I loved the writing style, but didn’t like the ending. I felt cheated. I think Lockhart is a smart writer and would be curious to try one more. It just goes to prove how hard it is to write a book – there are so many different pieces to manage! The writing style, plot, character… it’s a daunting task.

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