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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

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"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

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

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

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"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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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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The Lost Entwife, July 20, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
I've been putting off reading WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart for a few reasons. The first reason is that I really, really loved THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS. Like.. I adored it. The second reason is that, for some reason, this book made all the bloggers out there go nuts and that really put me off. I figured there was no way that this book could be that good and so, I prolonged what I was sure to be disappointment.

While there is definitely an oh my goodness moment in WE WERE LIARS, I'm relieved that I put off reading it long enough for the disappointment to not sting so much. I was enthralled at the instructions at the start of the book. It's marketing genius for sure. "Oh! You should read this book, I can't tell you what happens in it but, well, I could but I'd have to lie, so you can go into it completely blind."

That's what the book actually depends on. It depends on you going in knowing absolutely nothing about it. And, accordingly, the reviews are very careful (or, at least, the ones that I saw) to not spoil things for you. So, I am going to respect that and not spoil it, but I do want to give a warning here. The book is about some very privileged children and their family. There's no social justice or rough subjects taking on world issues here except for what is mentioned in passing by one of the characters in an effort to tie the story into the real world. In short, WE WERE LIARS is the perfect book if you enjoy suspenseful, drama-filled TV... only this time it comes in a book setting.

Lockhart knew what she was doing when she was writing. The book is designed in such a way that some pretty graphic visuals takes your mind places you weren't aware that it could go to. Lockhart's ability to write down what pain feels like is admirable and had me thoroughly admiring sentences two or three times longer than I normally would have. Her craft is definitely there and it's a testament to why I loved her previous book so much. Still, the substance is missing and there is no re-readability factor even possible in this book for me. It's been read, spoiled, and now I move on. That in itself is so much a disappointment that I wish I hadn't picked it up last night and just lived a few more months in anticipation.
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Beverly B, June 24, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
We Were Liars is a haunting story. It reminded me of the British novels of early last century where the entitled classes are desperately trying to stay relevant in a quickly changing world. In We Were Liars, Cady's extended family is desperately trying to hang on to their entitled insignificant lives and destroying the family in the process. Just like in the British novels, it is an outsider who is treated kindly, but not truly accepted, who foresees what will happen. We Were Liars is a difficult book to review because there is little that can be said without giving away the twists. It is a great book for mystery and/or romance fans. Thoughtful readers who have some experience with mysteries will probably figure out most of the mystery, but only if they are focused on looking for the huge, but subtle, clues author E.Lockhart brilliantly weaves in to the story. We Were Liars is a little soap opera-ish, but Cady and her cousins are intriguing enough to make the melodrama tolerable. Most YA readers will be engrossed from page 1 and shocked when all is revealed.
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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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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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