Google+ Reading Teen: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart {RMB Review}

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart {RMB Review}

Reviewed by Belle

by E. Lockhart
Age Range: 12 and up 
Grade Level: 7 and up
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.
First off, I would like to thank Andye for letting me read and review this book.

Since there is already a review up on this, I am not going to give much of a summary on this books, and I feel that it is better that you go in not knowing much about the story. We Were Liars is about a girl, Cady, from an affluent family who goes to the family’s private island every summer. She has a group of friends who she always gets to see on the island. That is about all you need to know going into this story.

What did I think of the book?

I enjoyed it even though it was very weird. From the first page, you got a very ominous tone from the way E. Lockhart described things. That tone was there throughout the whole story.

Things I liked:

· I liked the characterization of the Sinclair family. You really got to know who the characters were, and their ulterior motives for all of their actions no matter how questionable they were.

· The writing was beautiful. The words flowed so perfectly that they seemed like poetry.

· The plot was good. It was a very fast paced book, and it was easily devoured in one sitting.

· The story never dragged on. It started, and finished in a very good amount of time. Since it was only 225 pages, the author did a very god job of saying what she needed to say without being boring.

Things I didn’t like:

· The four friends were not people who I could really sympathize with. They were all spoiled rich kids who were complaining about everything that they had.

· There were times where it was hard to tell when things were going on. One chapter it would be summer seventeen, then the next five chapters were summer fifteen. There was no warning or way of knowing which summer Cady was talking about.

The ending:

No, I am not going to spoil what happened, but I will tell you my specific thoughts on it.

I was not fully satisfied with the ending. We got to understand what happened, but we don’t know the emotional toll on Cady. I understand that the book had to end, but I needed to know what Cady did once she found everything out.


I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast-paced, fun read. It did get very emotional towards the end, and you may cry (I didn’t.) If you are looking for a well written, darker summer read, this might be the book for you. But if you want a fun, fluffy, giggly read, this is not what you are looking for.

Thanks again for letting me be a guest reviewer. I enjoyed being able to read this book.


  • Cursing: Although it is irregular, when the charcters do curse they use very strong language.
  • Violence: Lots. This books has a very wide array of violence.
  • Sexual things: Kissing, some talk of sex.
  • Miscellaneous: Addiction, underage drinking, family problems, racism


  1. I saw this on our digital library the other day. I like that the pace is fast, the characters sounds like might get on my nerves a little. I'll keep it in mind. Great review.

    1. I absolutely loved it. You should definitely give it a try.


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