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During Cady's 15th summer on the island, she had an accident. She doesn't remember what happened, just that she gets terrible headaches. Lockhart weaves a suspenseful tale, building to a wallop of a surprise ending.
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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.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review:

"Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed 'doing business I never bothered to understand,' is the highly unreliable narrator of this searing story from National Book Award finalist Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks), which begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and — most importantly — the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie's longtime boyfriend. The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches, a brain that feels 'broken in countless medically diagnosed ways,' and family members who refuse to speak on the subject (or have been cautioned not to). Lockhart's gimlet-eyed depiction of Yankee privilege is astute; the Sinclairs are bigoted 'old-money Democrats' who prize height, blonde hair, athleticism, and possessions above all else. There's enough of a King Lear dynamic going on between Granddad and his three avaricious daughters to distract readers from Lockhart's deft foreshadowing of the novel's principal tragedy, and even that may be saying too much. Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won't see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Review:

"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)....This is poised to be big." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told." Kirkus, starred review

Review:

"The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph." The Horn Book, starred review

About the Author

E. LOCKHART is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, was a Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

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mjwood, October 25, 2014 (view all comments by mjwood)
Don't tell your friends how this book ends; they have to read it for themselves. The story of four young cousins and friends on a family-owned island off the coast of Massachusetts is a compelling read for young adults and their parents. It is a story of love, greed, disastrous decisions, and a way through life's pain. Read it!
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DianaB, September 22, 2014 (view all comments by DianaB)
There is not a scrabble word that describes how I feel after reading this book. It is a haunting tale full of suspense that takes you down the dark alley of the human mind. There are books that are fun to read and then there are books that leave you changed after your read them. Love it or hate it, this book is one that changes you. A book that will linger in your mind long after finishing the last page. Saying anything more will ruin it for you.
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Traci Newcomb, July 29, 2014 (view all comments by Traci Newcomb)
An incredibly haunting story. This book truly has a twist ending. We Were Liars was easy to finish in a short amount of time. Definitely a must read. I am so glad that I decided to read this. I did not see the ending coming. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385741262
Author:
Lockhart, E.
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 in 0.7625 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 240 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385741262 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

During Cady's 15th summer on the island, she had an accident. She doesn't remember what happened, just that she gets terrible headaches. Lockhart weaves a suspenseful tale, building to a wallop of a surprise ending.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed 'doing business I never bothered to understand,' is the highly unreliable narrator of this searing story from National Book Award finalist Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks), which begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and — most importantly — the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie's longtime boyfriend. The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches, a brain that feels 'broken in countless medically diagnosed ways,' and family members who refuse to speak on the subject (or have been cautioned not to). Lockhart's gimlet-eyed depiction of Yankee privilege is astute; the Sinclairs are bigoted 'old-money Democrats' who prize height, blonde hair, athleticism, and possessions above all else. There's enough of a King Lear dynamic going on between Granddad and his three avaricious daughters to distract readers from Lockhart's deft foreshadowing of the novel's principal tragedy, and even that may be saying too much. Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won't see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable."
"Review" by , "You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending."
"Review" by , "Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)....This is poised to be big."
"Review" by , "Riveting, brutal and beautifully told."
"Review" by , "The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come."
"Review" by , "A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph."
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