We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans had been put to bed.”
The Sinclair family is part of New England’s old money elite, every summer the entire extended family assembles on their Grandfather’s private island off the coast of Cape Cod. Cadence (Cady), her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat are the inseparable “liars,” as everyone calls them. Cady suffers a mysterious accident during their 15th summer but cannot remember anything from the day of the accident. What really happened that fateful day?
My expectations were high for this 2014 GoodReads Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction. Yet I think this novel is best enjoyed if read without knowing too much. Thankfully, I was able to avoid any spoilers and it made the book much more enjoyable. The story can feel a little confusing and hazy at times but that is part of the journey of overcoming Cady’s amnesia and trying to figure out the truth along with her character. Lockhart is a beautiful wordsmith, creating a richly descriptive and intelligent novel, that read like poetry.
I could tell a plot twist was coming but when the truth about Cady’s accident was finally revealed I was incredibly surprised, it was not what I was expecting at all! The superficiality and dynamics of the Sinclair family really bothered me but the “Liars” and Lockhart’s amazing writing style won me over. 4 out of 5 stars.