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We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart                           Young Adult


225 pages

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart What’s it about? The narrator of this novel is a privileged seventeen-year-old named Cadence Sinclair Eastman.   Most of the story takes place the summer Cady is fifteen.  Cady is on her annual summer trip to the family compound, located on an island near Martha’s Vineyard.   What happens that summer?  You will have to read to the very last chapter to know… What did it make me think about? As an adult reader I was pleasantly surprised at the cleverness in this book.  The book had some really insightful moments, but mainly it made me sit at the edge of my seat and wondering what happened. Should I read it? Yes.  It is intelligent and plot driven.  The one criticism of the book I have is that the supporting characters are not really complete.  If you think much about “the liars”  you will wonder what actually motivates them.  I doubt you will think too much about them though.  The plot will have ALL your attention.   If I had a teenager in the house, this is the kind of book that I would give them.  It will hook them in the first few chapters!   E. Lockhart obviously has some skills as a writer. Quote- “Welcome once again, to the beautiful Sinclair family. We believe in outdoor exercise.  We believe that time heals. We believe, although we will not say so explicitly, in prescription drugs and the cocktail hour. We do not discuss our problems in restaurants.  We do not believe in displays of distress.  Out upper lips are stiff, and it is possible people are curious about us because we do not show them our hearts. It is possible that we enjoy the way people are curious about us.

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